How to Mimic Venetian Plaster With Joint Compound

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Textured walls provide a room with architectural and dimensional interest, and various techniques used with joint compound allow you to mimic the look you want in the room without using plaster. A Venetian plaster technique gives walls a marbleized, warm appearance and is simple to create in any room of the house. When you want to transform your space into an Italian retreat, the Venetian technique is easy to master with some practice. Once you’re comfortable with the technique, completing the textured look is ideal for any weekend project.

Things You'll Need

  • Joint compound
  • Spatula
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Paint

Apply joint compound to the walls in small, workable sections. With a flat plaster spatula, spread a thin layer of compound on the wall, overlapping each section to give the surface a textured look. Spread the compound on in random directions to keep it as natural looking as possible. Allow the first coat to dry about three to four hours.

Spread a second coat of joint compound onto the wall after the initial coat has dried. Apply the compound in random directions, overlapping each section until the entire wall is completely covered. Allow the compound to dry at least 24 hours. Add as many layers of compound as you want to achieve the desired effect. Allow for a 24-hour drying period between each coat.

Smooth out joint compound with 600-grit sandpaper. Rub the wall in a circular motion with gentle pressure to soften the texture of the wall, not remove it.

Paint the room in an earth tone color, or choose an Old World finish offered through a paint company for an authentic look.

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