Have you embraced the “paint everything white” phenomenon? I have somewhat. Having been in the faux finishing biz for years, white seemed a wonderful, soft new statement color. So, I painted our master bedroom a greyish white with a square silver leaf accent. It made the room so much brighter, which I liked. It also made the room very understated. Not my style.
I craved more of a warm hug environment. And I got it! Are you feeling it?
It’s a result of Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Oh my. After 15 years of creating complicated multi-layer wall finishes, this product provides a glamorous, 2-step plaster treatment for the professional finisher and DIYer. Magic I had to experience.
I went directly to the color Eucalyptus because I wanted to coordinate with the bedding, pottery and other jewel tones in the room that I love.
Dying to give it a try? Here’s how I achieved the look, including painting a green base coat over the white wall. You can skip this step if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.
- Metallic Plaster in the color Eucalyptus. You can choose any color that works for you! Measure the total square footage of the area you need to cover to figure coverage, just like with paint.
- 240MM Japanese Trowel
- Natural Sea Sponge Mini Roller
- Latex Paint base in color close to Metallic Plaster. I chose a vibrant green, which is not a close match to Eucalyptus, so you could easily see the process. Notice the plaster covered it easily. You can skip this if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.
- Paint Supplies: Roller pan and liners, paint roller, medium nap roller, paint brush and paint stir sticks
- Tape Supplies: Painters tape and low-tack tape
- Additional Supplies: Rags, drop cloths and ladder
- One kitty assistant to keep an eye on quality control
Use painters tape to tape off the wall, trim and baseboards. I used low tack tape to tape off my silver leaf square. Remove switch plate covers, draperies and hardware. Put down drop cloths.
Cut in all edges.
Roll on two coats. Let dry according to directions.
Put some Metallic Plaster in the roller pan. Use the sponge roller to roll on the plaster. This is completely different than rolling paint. The goal is to create random texture that is not flat or 100% filled in. Use short strokes about 8″ long, turning the roller with every stroke. Aim for about 90% coverage of the surface. Roll about 1 1/2 square feet at a time.
Use the trowel to knock down the peaks. Use very light pressure at a low angle. If you press hard, the plaster will fill in the voids. Use a damp rag to clean off the trowel every time you knock down the peaks.
You can get close to the corners of the wall and the trim. The next layer will fill in. Let dry 2 hours.
“Butter” the trowel with some plaster using a stir stick. Press the trowel to the wall at a low angle and pull across the surface. Then, at a high angle, remove excess plaster. Don’t miss the How to Apply Metallic Plaster video on the Modern Masters YouTube channel before you begin your project as it shows this step perfectly.
This is a very flat finish, so pull the plaster tight to the surface. Clean the trowel often to avoid scratches. You will soon learn that you can use both edges.
These amazing tools made in Japan practically do the work for you without having to put a lot of elbow grease into the strokes. One important secret to a pro-looking finish is the tools you choose. Investing in the best tools will not only yield a gorgeous look, it will last a lifetime if carefully maintained. Modern Masters sent me the larger 270mm Japanese Trowel also. If I were working on a big surface not broken up with small areas like my wall, I would have chosen the larger trowel. It’s so worth the cost to make the process go faster.
I hope you’ll give Metallic Plaster a try. If you are new to plaster, it can give your home a classy new look that you’ve been drooling over on Pinterest and in magazines. Plus you can brag that you did it yourself!