Venetian stucco is not only a unique way to decorate walls, but also a reflection of the history and tradition of Venetian building art. This unique decorative plaster, which decorated palaces and mansions over the centuries, is now available to anyone who wants to add a unique character to their interior.
What is Venetian stucco?
Venetian stucco, also known as Venetian plaster, is a unique decorative plaster that has roots in traditional Venetian building art. Its history dates back hundreds of years, when it was used to decorate palaces, churches and other important buildings in Venice. It consists mainly of slaked lime, and authentic recipes for its production have been passed down from generation to generation. One of the main advantages of Venetian stucco is its ability to create a suitable alkaline environment, which facilitates the drainage of moisture from the walls.
As a result, it prevents the growth of fungi, mold and other microorganisms. In addition, it has a beneficial effect on the microclimate of the room, eliminating the feeling of cold stonework and adapting to the surrounding temperature. Venetian stucco perfectly reflects light, which visually enlarges the space. It is ideal for both small and large interiors. It looks great on ceilings and walls, and when combined with the right lighting, it harmonizes with other natural materials, such as glass, metal, wood and stone, enhancing their charm and complementing the ecological philosophy. Available in one or several complementary and overlapping colors and tones, Venetian stucco creates an extremely noble decorative effect.
Types of Venetian stucco
As a decorative material, stucco has enjoyed enduring popularity for many centuries. Its variety and uniqueness make it readily used in interior design. There are several basic types of Venetian stucco:
Classic stucco: This is the traditional form of stucco, which consists of a mixture of gypsum, limestone, grated marble or sand. It may contain small stones and enriching additives. It is characterized by the fact that it is easy to apply and dries quickly. After drying, it can remain rough or become smooth and polished.
Magnat Style Lime Stucco: This is a mixture of burnt lime and marble flour. When applied, it gives the effect of a perfectly smooth, glossy wall. It is a classic lime stucco that can be used to decorate various surfaces, such as walls, ceilings or fireplaces. It is important not to use it in areas exposed to water or grease.
Venetian stucco: This is an alternative to lime stucco. It can have a variety of finishes, from satin to intense gloss. It is available in many colors and shades. It is characterized by the fact that, when applied, it looks like it is covered with decorative, polished marble. It reflects light, which enhances the aesthetic value of the room.
Pearl stucco: It is a thin layer acrylic paste with pearl fillers. It is designed for interior decoration and is available in various colors. When applied, it changes its appearance depending on the angle of light, which gives an unusual effect of pearlescent brilliance.
Choosing the right type of stucco depends on individual preferences and the purpose of the room. Each type of stucco has its own unique properties and characteristics, so you can achieve a variety of decorative effects depending on your needs and expectations.
Price of Venetian stucco
Venetian stucco, as one of the most prestigious finishing solutions, is valued not only for its unique appearance, but also for its durability and uniqueness. However, its price can vary and depends on many factors. Various types of Venetian stucco are available on the market, and their cost can vary depending on the composition, manufacturer and application technique.
Basic material costs: The price of Venetian stucco ranges from PLN 295.39 to PLN 404.21 per square meter gross. It is worth noting that prices may vary depending on the region of Poland. For example, in Warsaw, prices are higher, while in other places they may be lower. Venetian stucco in a 5kg package costs from PLN 160 to PLN 250, which allows to cover about 10 m² of surface. In the case of Magnat Style Venetian stucco, we need about 1 kg of the product per square meter, which translates into a cost of about 252.05 zlotys for a 5kg package.
Labor costs: The price for having Venetian stucco done by a specialist also varies and can range from PLN 250 to PLN 330 per square meter. It is worth remembering that these costs can increase depending on the complexity of the project, the techniques used and the experience of the contractor.
When planning the purchase and application of Venetian stucco, it is worth carefully analyzing the available options and paying attention to the quality of the product. Cheaper does not always mean worse, but the value of Venetian stucco lies in its durability and unique appearance, so it is worth investing in products of proven quality.
Making Venetian stucco
Venetian stucco, also known as Venetian plaster, is a unique decorative technique that allows you to achieve the effect of polished marble on walls. Making Venetian stucco requires precision, the right tools and steps to follow to achieve the desired effect. Here’s how to do it:
Preparingthe product: the first step is to prepare the MAGNAT Style Venetian Stiuk paint by adding MAGNAT Style Coloring Pigment according to the recipe. It is important that the amount of added pigment does not exceed 10% of the product volume. Mix the product thoroughly, taking care not to leave any residual pigment on the walls of the packaging.
Wall preparation: For best results, the wall must be smooth and even. It should be painted with MAGNAT Style Acrylic Primer, which equalizes the absorbency and strengthens the substrate before applying the stucco. This primer also ensures proper drying of the surface products and allows the wall to “breathe”.
Application of stucco: After the priming has dried, using a Venetian Trowel, apply smoothly and evenly the first coat of MAGNAT Style Venetian Stiuk, tinted with the color of your choice. After about 12 hours, you can apply the second coat of stucco, collecting the excess product with a clean edge of a trowel. After the second layer has dried (about 6 hours), the third, thinnest layer of stucco can be applied, remembering that the thickness of each layer should not exceed 1 mm. After 2 hours after finishing the application of the last layer, smooth the entire surface with the edge of a trowel to achieve a polished marble effect.
Waxing: For additional protection and to emphasize the achieved effect, 4 hours after applying the third coat of stucco, use a trowel to apply MAGNAT Style Wax, and then polish the surface with a soft cloth or Venetian Trowel. This will give you an intensely glossy effect.
Making Venetian stucco requires not only the right materials, but also skill and precision. However, with the right preparation and tools, you can achieve amazing effects that will catch the eye of anyone who visits the room.