Bob Vila Radio: Plaster - Bob's Blogs

Bob Vila Radio: Plaster

If the idea of a freshly plastered wall does not overly excite you, it’s because the options for plaster have been fairly limited in this country until now.

Plaster

Photo: lostandtaken.com

mp3_link

Listen to BOB VILA ON PLASTER, or read the text below:

Since taking the place of horsehair plaster and lath a half century ago, wallboard, tape, and joint compound have owned the market. For an uptick in quality and labor cost, blueboard and veneer plaster can offer a more refined finish.

For a rich wall treatment that’s truly unique, check out Marmorino plaster. Developed in 16th-century Venice as a lightweight alternative to marble, this mix requiers two coats, a waxy finish and lots of elbow grease, but the results can be spectacular.

In recent years there’s been a return to more eco-friendly and locally produced options. Clay and natural mineral lime plaster—using sustainable materials and naturally occuring pigments—can produce a deep, earthy and colorful interior… without the need for paint.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on walls, consider:

Drywall 101
How To: Patch Plaster Walls
Skim Coat Plastering




SEE MORE IN
Walls & Ceilings