Master Bathroom

The Final Bathroom Walls (Definitely Finished This Time!)

These master bathroom Venetian plaster walls have been such a pain, and at one point this weekend, I was almost in tears and ready to throw in the towel. But I kept at it, and after hours and hours and hours of work over the last five days, I finally have them finished.

The process itself is not hard at all. I shared that process in Friday’s post. (See: DIY Teal Venetian Plaster Wall Finish Using Modern Masters.) The problem was getting the color just right. I won’t even tell you how many more coats of the Venetian plaster finish these walls have on them just since Friday, but that’s mainly because I’ve lost count. I just couldn’t get it right. First, it was still too dark. Then it was too light. Then it was too blue. Then it was too washed out.

So after several attempts, I think I finally landed on the right color that still had enough depth of color while still being light and not washed out.

But first, a quick recap. I started out with the walls pretty dark. They were gorgeous, but most of you agreed that they took focus away from the mural.

So a couple more coats later, I had lightened the color considerably.

It was a pretty color, but when I looked back at my inspiration wall color, I knew I wasn’t quite finished. That inspiration wall color was still quite a bit lighter than the color I had ended up with last Friday.

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So over the last few days, I was determined to get closer to that inspiration picture no matter how long it took, or how may coats of plaster I had to use on the walls.

Well, I think I finally got there. It’s not an exact match, but it’s pretty darn close.

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That’s a pretty good match, don’t you think? I’m so pleased with how it turned out. It took so much work and tweaking to get to a color that struck the right balance. I wanted it to have a depth of color to it while not being too dark. And it needed to be light and airy while not being too washed out. That was quite a challenge mixing and testing and mixing and testing until I found just the right color that struck that balance.

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You can actually see the original color around the top of the wall next to the ceiling. It was so dark! I’m very glad I kept at it and stayed with the original plan.

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This picture below is a tiny bit greener than the wall looks in person (the pictures above are much more accurate on my laptop computer screen), but I wanted to show y’all the gorgeous, subtle movement in the finish. It’s very soft and cloudlike now, which is much more what I had in mind

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I was so determined to have that subtle finish rather than the finish with harsher variations in color that you see in so many Venetian plaster wall finishes. In fact, the “how to” video from Modern Masters has that much harsher result. Here’s a screen shot. You can find the video here.

screen shot from modern masters venetian plaster tutorial

I don’t know if that has so much color variation in it because she used a much darker color, or if it’s the burnishing step that brings out that color difference. I didn’t burnish my walls because I didn’t want to take a chance that that step would bring out those huge color variations. I was so pleased with the color of my walls without the burnishing step, and my walls are much smoother than her sample wall even without the burnishing step.

Anyway, all of that to say that it took a few extra days to get it just right, but in the end, I think those extra days paid off so that I could keep with my original vision for this bathroom.

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I’m so glad this is done! Next step: shower and bathroom floor tile.

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    Cyndee
    September 29, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I’m so glad to see it lightened and closer to inspiration photo. I didn’t want to be negative but it was far too dark IMO in the beginning. Beautiful color and finish.

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      Irene Schwemlein
      September 29, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Your final color is simply gorgeous. All the work was worth it.

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    Sheri Hepworth
    September 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

    I’m sorry it was so much extra work, but the results are stunning.

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    Jane
    September 29, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Looks amazing! Well worth the extra effort to get the color right!!

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      Rita
      September 29, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      I love it. So glad you persisted until you got the color just perfect.

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    Phoebe
    September 29, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Aaaaahhh, I could float away on the soothing color, sky and clouds. You nailed it!

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    Margaret Mailman
    September 29, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Oh WOW Kristi! I can’t even describe how much I love this! Just gorgeous!!

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    Judy
    September 29, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Yes, you nailed it!!! Soooo beautiful! Reminds me of a sunlight sky reflected through water in a white plaster pool or white sand beach – the perfect light teal! Just want to fall into that wall and let the water swirl around me! All that hard work paid off, great job, Kristi!

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    Harriet
    September 29, 2021 at 10:47 am

    It is perfect! Just beautiful!

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    Kathy
    September 29, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Oh that is gorgeous!

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    Adele
    September 29, 2021 at 10:51 am

    You nailed it!

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    Deborah
    September 29, 2021 at 10:51 am

    OMG! Drop dead gorgeous color with that dreamy mural! …and that velvety texture and finish is spectacular! I am so glad you persisted to lighten the color!

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    Laurie
    September 29, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Your determination is amazing! Well done.

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    Gail
    September 29, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I’m glad you went with your original color–the mural is now the star of the bathroom. Patience (and hard work and tears) got you to the next part of the dream!

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    kim
    September 29, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Yes!! It is lovely, just right.

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    edith
    September 29, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I am glad you did not throw in the “trowel” It is beautiful!

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    Katy
    September 29, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Love the lighter color! Can’t imagine the total effort that went into getting to your original vision, but well worth it!!!

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    Jackie P
    September 29, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Just like Goldilocks, this color is JUST right!!!!
    Beautiful job, worth the struggle.

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    Carla from Kansas
    September 29, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Did you keep adding white to the mix?

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm

      Plain white Venetian plaster to lighten the overall color, a tiny touch of pthalo blue colorant to tone down the green a bit (Benjamin Moore will let you buy an ounce of colorant), and a touch of black paint to gray down the brightness of the previous teal.

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    Charlotte
    September 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Lovely, lovely!!!

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    Marjorie H Ellison
    September 29, 2021 at 11:22 am

    I LOVE IT!

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    Coco
    September 29, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Stunning

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    Bobs Gal
    September 29, 2021 at 11:23 am

    3 cheers for your tenacity…..👏🏻🥇🎊🎉✨💥💫…. it looks grrrrreat!

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    Lisa Mager
    September 29, 2021 at 11:28 am

    You nailed it!! Absolutely perfect and beautiful.

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    Georgia
    September 29, 2021 at 11:31 am

    PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

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    Alta Craig
    September 29, 2021 at 11:33 am

    I agree, the lighter color is perfect! It looks beautiful!

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    Sheila R Felix
    September 29, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Always a perfectionist… and always worth the effort! It is stunning. I really mean that. This will be a bath that takes your breath each time you enter.
    Sheila F.

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    MIckey
    September 29, 2021 at 11:35 am

    PERFECTION! !!!!

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    Susan
    September 29, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Simply gorgeous!!!!!

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    SusanP
    September 29, 2021 at 11:46 am

    With great admiration I say, “Perfect!”.

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    Emily
    September 29, 2021 at 11:48 am

    It looks amazing! So glad you kept going too.

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    Debs
    September 29, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Yesss! This color reflects much more of a spa feeling. PERFECT!

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    Patti L.
    September 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    dian Iron Feather
    September 29, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Oh my gosh girl, it’s a beautiful color. I can’t imagine all the work, but you aced it.

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    Kathy Kellie
    September 29, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Oh yes. The color shade is what I wanted you to have. It looks terrific with the mural. All that effort paid off.

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    Deb
    September 29, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    It’s perfect.

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    Tracy
    September 29, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Love the color now. It looks perfect. Like you said not too washed out and it doesn’t take away from the mural.

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    MarySue
    September 29, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Yes! This is IT! Just beautiful!

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    Krista
    September 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    I liked the original color- but this one is even better! I’m sure you’re glad you went with your gut-it’s beautiful! It’s also a good testimony to why we should have inspiration boards in the first place. I have only seen the harsh look you talked about, and now seeing your softer version might have to check it out for our house.

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    Heather Gillett
    September 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful job!

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    Karolyn Love
    September 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Just beautiful, Kristi!! I’m so glad you kept at it because now that I’ve seen your finished color, that mural is absolutely the focal point. I see the color, but the mural just stands out beautifully and is not overtaken by the paint. I absolutely agree that your finish is so cloud-like, so soft appearing and ….. just perfect!! You are amazing and have such determination to get the look you are after!! You are such an inspiration to all of us to not give up in DIYing! Kudos, Girl!

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    EO'Hare
    September 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    You got it just right!

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    Marcia
    September 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Gorgeous! I think you got the color just right!

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    Erin
    September 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Well worth it! I’m so glad that you stuck to the plan- it’s gorgeous!!!

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    HeatherB
    September 29, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    It is so beautiful! It looks like the sky from the mural just carries on throughout the bathroom. I love it! I can’t wrap my brain around how much work that was, but from the observation deck, it was well worth it 🙂

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    Joan Hornung
    September 29, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    OMG – that is GORGEOUS, and the color is perfect. Sorry it required so much work, but oh, it was worth it! I guess there is no name for that color – I wish I could buy a gallon! BUT, it is a handmade Kristi color, so I guess we won’t be matching. 😂 It is SO soothing, and pleasing. Congratulations on getting it PERFECT!

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    Guerrina
    September 29, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Perfect! So glad you kept lightening it up!

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    Lisa Johnson
    September 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    So glad you kept at it! It is absolutely perfect now! Love it!!!!!

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    Karen H
    September 29, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    It is absolutely beautiful, Kristi! xo

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    Patrice Luckey
    September 29, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Perfectly spa-like!!! You DID it!!!🤗

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    Denise
    September 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful! A perfect match!

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    Carole Prisk
    September 29, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Perfect!

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    Tabi
    September 29, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Oh Kristi, that is stunning. The final colour is perfect. So worth the extra time, effort and tears!

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    Phoebe
    September 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I have one word for your bathroom: Dreamy!

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    Laura
    September 29, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    And I thought I was the only person who would paint a room 4-5 times to get just the right color! I liked the original color but I LOVE the final color. It looks beautiful with the mural.

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    Brittany Hurst
    September 29, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Yep! You got it. 🙂

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    Peggy Pasicznyk
    September 29, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Fantastic! Glad you kept at it!

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    Angie S.
    September 29, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    All the extra work was definitely worth it! Just BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    Kim
    September 29, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Practically perfect in ever way!

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    Christine
    September 29, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Absolutely PERFECT.

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    Irene Schwemlein
    September 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Your final color is simply gorgeous. All the work was worth it.

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    Elaine Ness
    September 29, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Speed-think ahead to the first languishing bath you will enjoy in that tub as you look at all the details in your beautiful bathroom. I doubt your fans will get a selfie of that happy day but do tell us what it felt like to enjoy it.

    As for Matt, may he have as much fun in the shower of his dreams, which is soon to be.

    Masterful work, Kristi. We are all proud of your work and determination to see it through.

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    Marla
    September 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Spot On!

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    Mo
    September 29, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Just love yours
    The video reminds me of all that sponge painting we used to do ack!!

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    Leonie Dawson
    September 29, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Ommmmmg perfection

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    Rebecca B
    September 29, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Congratulations for not throwing in the trowel! It looks great and exactly like your planned color. I would have given up and settled for darker color but it is much more airy looking now. PS Felicity is looking adorable.

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    Sharon C
    September 29, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I really did love the darker color, but this lighter color is next level gorgeous. It’s stunning, tranquil and spa like with the mural. Once again Kristi, you’ve proven that your dedication and devotion gets perfection! Well done.

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    Francine
    September 29, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I knew you would get to the vision you had and it is beautiful!

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    KathieB
    September 30, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Perfection, Kristi! Congratulations for your persistence and stamina.

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    Eileen
    September 30, 2021 at 7:19 am

    That bathroom is a stunner; I’m crazy about that mural

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    Carol
    September 30, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Soft and soothing. Love!

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    Tracy Rider
    September 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

    So impressed with your perseverance. The result is nothing short of stunning.

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    Lori Riggs
    September 30, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Love how it turned out. It is interesting seeing how the colors in the mural changed with each variation of the wall color. I always enjoy reading about your progress on your home.

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    Tiffany
    September 30, 2021 at 11:44 am

    It’s beautiful! I’m so glad you stuck with it!

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    Nancy
    September 30, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Love the color and it does let the mural be the star!

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    Adriana
    September 30, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Yes, you nailed it Kristi! Now it has a more peaceful serene spa like feeling and the mural really shines! Kudos!

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    PML
    September 30, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Looks awesome!! 😍

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    Wendy
    September 30, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    The dark wall looked velvety…. but this is SPOT ON to your sample and absolutely PERFECT!!
    So Beautiful!!! So bright and spa-like!

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    Grace
    September 30, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Your master bathroom it will be just gorgeous!
    The color of the venetian plaster is perfect. Calming and so elegant!

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    Laura
    October 1, 2021 at 8:06 am

    I love the finished color so much more than the first one. It is going to be so beautiful all put together.

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    Chelle Ellis
    October 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    I just read an article in Architectural Digest (from 2017, so not cutting edge), but thought you would like it since it’s full of color and some stripes. Elton John’s house in Beverly Hills:

    https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/elton-john-david-furnish-los-angeles-home-article

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    Lynda
    October 1, 2021 at 11:34 am

    All your work paid off. The walls are gorgeous and complement the mural. It may have been a never-ending task but, wow was it worth it.
    Congratulations.

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    Rhonda
    October 4, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    It’s perfectly gorgeous!! Well done.

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    Michele
    October 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    The final color is PERFECT. It’s so lovely and really compliments the beautiful mural. Gorgeous!!

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    Paula Samuels Anthis
    October 5, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Your efforts ABSOLUTELY paid off SO BEAUTIFULLY !! Congratulations! Incredibly lovely!!

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    designdreamer
    October 7, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Kudos to you Kristi! Looks great! Love the color.