Applying Marmorino Plaster

Project: Waterfront Warehouse Rehab, Episode 12, Part 1

With major construction nearly complete in the penthouse apartment, interior design is ready to begin.

Project manager Chris Vila joins artisan Jonas Everets to learn more about the faux Marmorino finish that is being applied to the walls of the penthouse. A combination of marble dust, pigments, and plaster, Marmorino takes a bit of artistry to apply and gives the space a unique look. It is a multi-step process that involves masking-off the work area, applying a base primer coat, a top coat of tinted plaster, and finally a wax finish.

Next, Bob joins designers Jonathan Adler and Darren Brown to talk about their plans for the top-floor apartment. And finally, Bob travels into Manhattan to visit Adler's retail store in the SoHo shopping district.
Part 1: Applying Marmorino Plaster
Bob discusses the custom wall finish with Jonas Everets of Jonas Everets Design. The plaster Mr. Everets is using to cover the kitchen walls in the top-floor apartment is marmorino, a lime-based plaster (mixed with sand and marble dust), which has been utilized in Italy and elsewhere since the Renaissance. To create the unique color of the plaster, Everts has mixed raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ocher, and a "touch" of Venetian red. With the primary coat having been applied to the far wall, Mr. Everets instructs project manager Chris Vila on techniques for applying marmorino, as Chris begins laying the plaster on another wall. The traditional method is to use a circular motion, but changing your stroke isn't discouraged, especially on the second coat, since that change adds to the artistry. It's only upon the second coat that the material becomes highlighted and more visually varied.
Part 2: Waxing Venetian Plaster
Part 3: Planning the Decor
Part 4: Touring the Jonathan Adler Soho Boutique