Fireplace Makeover Using Venetian Plaster

by Lisa

One of our readers, Lisa, had some questions about Fireplace Makeovers Using Venetian Plaster.

***Look for my answers below each question***

Fab Frugal Jane


Loved the Venetian plaster fireplace. Would this work on a wood burning fireplace surround?

***Venetian plaster can adhere to wood as well as drywall, but first you must use a good primer/paint so the plaster will adhere well***

Be very careful not to get plaster or primer on the metal parts of the fireplace as those are exposed to high heat. The only thing you can use there is a high temperature stove paint***

What specific wax did you use?

***BriWax, For the fireplace surrounds it was supposed to look old, so I used a color called Golden Oak, but on my Venetian plaster kitchen backsplashes and walls, it was a mixture of 3 parts clear to 1 part Golden Oak which produces a very mild antiquing effect***

Have you ever used Vasari "real"Venetian plaster?

***I've only used Modern Masters because it was recommended to me by someone with years of experience with it.

You can check out reviews for that product you want to use online, and then try it out on a sample board to see how it works for you.

Start with quarts until you have your sample just right as you may want to tweak the color on you next layer of plaster***

Love your web site, do you ever help,with ideas from pics?

***We love it when folks upload before and/or after photos! If you need help with ideas, add a photo, and tell us what you're trying to accomplish***


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