Here is one of the projects we have completed over the last year and since we completed this Tuscan Villa in Tadelakt, we designed over 19 different shades and formulations of finishes for this amazing Tuscan villa. The Tadelakt installation was not your normal install, as we created lots of texture and old world charm with the techniques. Working on this project was a true treat as I was able to express full creativity showcasing some of my best work and crazy ideas. Hope you enjoy these photos of a full interior in Ventian Lime based plaster.
This lovely Mediterranean home on the cliffs on White Rock, British Columbia was a treat to work in. Every wall and ceiling in the common areas are treated with an Italian Lime plaster finish. The ceilings hand troweled technique was a lightly textured Intonachino tinted to Cloud White CC-40.
The walls robust in yellow tones keeping true to Mediterranean styling while smooth and slightly shinny brought life to this home.
venetian plaster walls and ceilings by darrell morrison
Venetian Lime Plaster Vancouver BC
This next round of photos is durning the construction of the Mediterranean Villa.
With over 10,000 sq. ft of Natural Italian Lime plaster sprawling through corridors, stairwells and the 3 levels of this home walking through the door you are transported to a far away place in a Mediterranean Countryside.
16,000 square feet of Classic Venetian plaster was used to turn the walls at “The Grandview Business Center” Located in Morgan Crossing South Surrey, BC into a major conversation piece. Its not often you get approached to do a full interior Italian Lime plaster in a Commercial setting. Why you ask would you want to choose a venetian plaster finish for a commercial space?
Why Lime Plaster
-Lime Plaster has vertually no VOC’s making a pleasant enviroment to work in and be around
-Stronger than drywall and paint finishes Venetian plaster will hide scuffs marks and abrasions
-Endless possibilities of texture and sheen
-Most damage is easily repaired
-Seamless finish from start to finish only stopping in corners.
Lime plaster has been my choice of material for almost a decade now. Recently someone told me it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any trade whether it be carpentry, framing or even a stone mason, the time spent honing that skill will one day make you a tradesman (or tradeswoman).
Over the summer I have been fortunate to work on a project in an Old World Italian Design Tuscan Villa. Breaking into my crate of techniques from WoodGraining, GoldLeafing, Venetian Plastering, Lime Painting and Stencilling. I have been challenged in ways that excite my mind and creativity, opening a new chapter in my life and the world I love to call Italian Plastering.
Here are some photos from this recent journey, the project is still in progress.
OldWorld Distress Exterior Wall
WoodGraining base coat
Fibre Crown is a foam moulding used to simulate stone and in most situations is painted with acrylic paints.
Here is a close up of the foam moulding
Lime Painted Fibre Crown Moulding To Simulate The Look Of LimeStone
Tadelakt being used as a distressed old-world finish is not the norm for this material. While my supplier were out of stock I was forced to use this amazing material on a Tuscan Villa in the depths of Langley, Britsih Columbia.
What a treat it has been to learn the advantages of this amazing material and also a client and builder giving me full expresion of my work and creativity.
This is the 1st home I have Venetian Plastered that has 5 Juilet ballconies in the main hall, with one of the most amazing fireplaces I have ever seen. (That to come in the next post)
Here are some pictures from the start of the project
Powder Room Plaster finish
The house is still under major construction and I will share more as I find more time, bare with me the end of the summer is a real busy one.
When you’re a guy working in the building trades, it’s not very often you get to travel for work, let alone work in a place like Banff, Alberta. This fantastic retreat in the mountains has been a dream-like project for me, and I’m happy to share with you this video of a walk-through of how the project’s coming.
As the build got further along, more plaster work got added to my slate. I love an owner getting excited about my technique and wanting more as the work progresses, especially in a place like this. By the end, Stucco Italiano’s Italian plaster was used throughout, stretching from the bottom up to the third floor.
Please set your viewing to high-def for all the detail!
Take a look at the waxed deep magenta plaster walls in the powder rooms, which includes that awesome entry feature and incorporates those subtle smooth textures across the walls and ceilings, on all floors.
Why would you want to use Italian plaster over both walls and ceilings? You have to consider the characteristics. No paint will match the beauty or durability over the long-term like Italian lime or Venetian plaster, and when you’re creating a mood in a room, why would you neglect the ceiling?
When the colour is fortified right off the bat, as I hand-mix plasters for application, including base coats, it gives a rich layered finish that doesn’t look man-made — it looks like it just belongs that way. It’s natural, rustic, and amazing for creating a mood in big and small spaces.
Lime plaster builds an atmosphere you just can’t get with only paint, and I’m a painter saying that.
When you’re talking about any kind of art or space, lighting means everything, and it’s definitely true with Intonachino plaster approaches I use in my Venetian/Italian lime finishes. As light moves across the room, during dusk through to dawn, and the light shifts from season to season, it changes the way the plastered surface appears, and you’ll always notice something different. It’s almost like your walls are a living part of your space.
This video will provide a perspective on the feel created with these finishes, but if the same video was shot at different times of day, you’d get more a sense of why I say that lightning — natural or electrical — is plaster’s best friend.