Our Blog

The last few months, I’ve been working on a Tuscan lime plaster interior in a beautiful custom home tucked away in Burnaby.


I’ve gotta say, the architecture blows me away. It’s my first plaster project in the area, and the home definitely ranks in the top 5 fave homes I’ve worked on. With curved walls, dominant archways, stunning distressed-wood doors, what didn’t I love?

I was brought in to install a 4,000 square-foot Venetian Plaster effect. I’m nearing the 70% completion mark. Things will move along really quickly in the next few weeks, though.


Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on.


The materials of choice this time are Stucco Italiano and Intonachino lime plaster.

I choose to seal my Venetian plaster projects with penetrating sealer. This helps to repel moisture and oil. If you’re getting a great finish, shouldn’t it be protected for you to enjoy for decades? Yeah, I think so too.


Once the sealer dries, I’ll go over it with golden heavy-bodied glaze tinted to a light raw umber.


If I don’t do this overglazing step, the Tuscan plaster style looks too new and fresh — like the photo on the top left shows.

While I believe in sealing all my plaster, it’s really necessary if glazing Tuscan lime plaster. Why? It’s thirsty like you wouldn’t believe. If it’s not sealed before glazing, a catastrophe can happen. The raw umber glaze would stain the surface beyond repair — blotchy and horrible. The wall would need redoing from start to finish, and who wants that? I’ll get it right the first time.


This is also where being super-prepared before getting started means everything. If that glaze hits an unsealed wall next to the project, it could be a domino effect of colour catastrophes, so care always needs to be taken.


Check out these snapshots of some of last week’s great work. Catch you next time.

Comments ( 4 )
  • Rob J says:

    I agree with your about the architecture – I love those rounded walls, and the intents along them that look like medieval castle windows. Actually, you’re work here gives the whole space a kind of medieval chateau kind of feel, which I really like.

    Thanks for the post, and the awesome pictures, too.

    • darrellmorrison says:

      Thanks Rob, I cant wait to see this place lived in, with all the amazing design compliments its sure is going to be full of details. The client calls it his little place away from Rome.


  • Vicki B says:

    Looks like you took alot of time perfecting it and it shows. Nice to see a contractor that takes pride in the final end project and likes to perfect it to make it as authentic as possible. That makes designers jobs easier…..Although, I’m sure you hate it when we come in and hang a stupid picture or candle sconce on it!!

    • darrellmorrison says:

      Thanks for the kind words Vicki. I do not mind the pictures or art work it ties all the design together. Believe it or not, I love working with designers. I always get introduced to new ideas and terminology. Hope you come back to my blog soon


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *