The Love Of Venetian Plaster
You may have meet us buzzing around Jacksonville expressing our love for venetian plaster. If you ever had the priveilage to come in contact with venetian plaster, you may understand why we love it so much! Venetian plaster has already taken off in major cities like Miami, New York, and Los Angeles and here we are to bring it to the city we call home, Jacksonville.
Venetian Plaster has been around for thousands of years due to its high durability and low maintenance. Our ancient ancestors in Greece and Egypt even used it. It is made by crushing up lime-stone and marble and mixing it with water to create a thick putty. When applied to a wall with a trowel it is then exposed to carbon dioxide, dries, and turns into a durable rock-like finish. From there, it can be burnish by using a metal trowel and pressure. The heat from the pressure activates the lime to create a beautiful reflective shine.
Having a room covered in venetian plaster is like sitting inside a three-dimensional painting. We all know how art has the power to bring you to the present moment. It can bring us out of our day to day stressful lives and help reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). Now imagine just sitting in a room surrounded by an art piece. Could be pretty powerful....something about a beautiful space can turn the rainiest days into sunshine. (The rain has been hitting hard in Florida Lately)
We can’t express enough of our love for plaster! Venetian Plaster just plays off all your senses. The touch of it feels like glass. The shine and glisten of it is just stunning. The depth and the textures that can be achieved are on another level and if that isn’t enough for you just look at it from a different angle. The whole thing just changes. The textures are different, the color is different, and the sheen is different. Then let’s add some lighting! Natural and artificial lighting just plays even more on the beauty of venetian plaster. The Aesthetic combination of both will just change the feel of any room.
Yes, plaster may be more costly than paint, but once plaster is applied you never have to worry about your walls or ceilings again. Venetian Plaster is like having a stone wall that allows your walls to breath. It is naturally mold and mildew resistant which we certainly do have a problem with in Florida, with all the humidity.
Recently we had the honor of plastering a builder’s personal house on Fort George Island. With knowledge of Venetian plaster, he knew since he lived right on the water, that plaster over paint was the right decision. (He was also expecting several grand-babies any day now and needed something that would withstand a lot of children damage). His wife picked out gorgeous colors of Sea Salt, Steamed Milk, and Worldly grey. We called our disturbers as excited as can be (Eco Walls, who gets all of their plasters straight imported from Italy). With a few different textures and tones in mind off we went. The whole family was needed for this one due to the size of it. The results were unforgettable and would last a lifetime.