If you want to create an old world look on your walls, with a look similar to Venetian plaster, a great product to use is called Lusterstone. I used this on the walls in my mom’s master bathroom, and the result was beautiful. As the name would suggest, the finish has a slight “luster”, or shimmer, to it.
Although the application of Lusterstone is not difficult as far as skill level, the process is very labor-intensive. However, the finished walls are so stunning that it’s worth all the hard work. Lusterstone comes in a variety of colors, and is similar in consistency to slightly watered-down joint compound. It is applied to the walls with a trowel, and although it can be applied to textured walls, application is easier on smooth walls with no texture.
Here’s how I created this wall treatment. (Please note: There are many different techniques for using Lusterstone. This is the technique that I use, and have found works the best for me. However, as you use the product, you may determine that another method works best for you.)
Tools & Materials:
- Lusterstone in your choice of color
- Latex paint in a color to match the Lusterstone, in an eggshell or satin finish
- Paint brush (I like to use a 2.5 inch sash brush)
- Paint roller
- Italian trowel
- Sandpaper, 220 grit
- Drywall mud pan
- Drop cloth
- Using the paint roller, paint the wall with one coat of latex paint. Use the brush to cut in around corners, ceiling, and baseboards.>
- Using an Italian trowel, begin applying the Lusterstone in medium strokes (about 12 inches long). Do not apply thick layers. You should still be able to see the paint layer in some places.
- Let the plaster dry completely, and sand with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any ridges.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least two more times. The more layers you have, the better the finished wall will look.
- Using a mixture of Lusterstone and water (about 30% water), apply a VERY thin coat using the Italian trowel. This coat needs to be SUPER thin, and may even look like you’re not applying a coat at all. However, you should be able to see a difference in the sheen of the wall with this coat, as the “luster” will begin to show. Be certain to not leave any ridges.
- Let dry completely. Repeat at least one more time with a watered down Lusterstone coat. This can be repeated until you’ve reached the desired effect, and again, the more coats you apply, the better it will look. These super thin, watered down layers are what will give your walls that gorgeous “luster”.
- This is a very labor-intensive wall treatment. Be sure to set aside enough time to complete it. It took me five days to complete the treatment in the bathroom shown above.>
- Be VERY CAREFUL with the trowel. When it’s new, the edges are very sharp, and can easily injure you. However, as you begin applying the Lusterstone, the repeated movement of the trowel over the wall actually SHARPENS THE EDGE of the trowel, and it can become sharp like a knife. Handle with extreme caution, and KEEP THE TROWEL OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN!!!
- Patience is key with this wall treatment. Do not get discouraged after the first coat, or even the second, as they may look terrible. However, as you add layers, the beauty of the Lusterstone will appear.
- Do not try to get the walls “perfect”. Just as with any Venetian plaster-type treatment, the imperfections add to the character of the wall treatment.
For more variation in your final wall color, you can layer two or more different colors of Lusterstone.