I got a call this week from Kath… she saw this photo on my Caromal Colours page and wanted to know how to get the plaster finish on the left-
The problem is, that sample was done when Caromal was offering TWO plaster products – a Smooth and a Textured. The texture was rolled on, then when it was dry I added a stencil, then when that was dry I scraped over it with the smooth plaster, then glazed.
Now their plaster is a combination of both called Perfect Plaster –
I told Kath when I got a chance I’d try to create a similar look for her using only the Perfect Plaster. Today, when I was waiting on other samples to dry, I got to work on this challenge.
I started with an off white surface. I rolled on a layer of the plaster and let it dry-
Then I got a stencil, sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive and stuck it to the dried surface-
then took a rubber scraper and scraped some Perfect Plaster through the design-
Pull the stencil off and clean.
When dry I rolled more plaster, this time just randomly, even rolling it over part of the stenciled design-
After it sat for a few minutes I used the rubber scraper and pulled it lightly over these areas to knock it down-
They come in quart size jars…. I like to mix the two colors, as you can see here on my ‘mixing foam plate’ 🙂 I used 1/2 Tea and 1/2 Coffee, then added a little water –
Before I rolled it on the plaster, I took a sanding block and lightly sanded down any high pokey areas-
then, using my same whizz roller (make sure you clean it good after the plaster), I rolled the glaze-
then took out an old rag and wiped it this way and that, kind of like dusting a table, to remove some of the color
Wipe and remove until you get to the look you like. If you take too much off, just add in a little more!
To do this finish in your own space, you’d need a Caromal Colours Plaster Kit. This kit comes with everything you need – the spreader (to fill your stencils AND to knockdown your plaster in areas), the whizz roller, a tray, and a gallon of plaster which will cover 200-300 sf, depending on how thick you lay it.
You’d also need some Caromal Colours Wall Glaze. I used both Coffee Glaze and Tea Glaze. Each quart will cover approx 200 sf. You can decide how much you need, and what color/s you’d like to use-
Head to the Caromal Colours STORE when you are ready to purchase, and be sure to use my coupon (rep) code PattyH when you order. This will save you a few dollars off shipping, and will let them know you found them via me!
Oh PS Kath – I couldn’t find that stencil from the original sample. You can, however, find it at LaserExcel-
The tile stencil from the sample above is from Andreae Design Stencils.