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Where to apply it: Generally, Venetian plaster can go over drywall, paint, tile, wood or brick. It's often used in kitchens and bathrooms because of its moisture-resistant tendencies.
Surfaces need to be pristine before application — no flaking paint, chips or cracks. Although the plaster can be applied to certain textured surfaces, others need to be skim-coated in advance.
Good to know: Venetian plaster is durable and long-wearing, so it can stand up to heavy use. The colors don't fade over time, so you won't have to repaint; you'll simply need to apply a fresh coat of wax every couple of years to keep it glossy. Dust and dirt won't permeate it, and you can clean it easily by wiping with a dry cloth.
Because of its all-natural composition, true Venetian plaster is ecofriendly and doesn't emit harmful VOCs or other compounds. Plus, lime has natural antibacterial properties, so it repels mold and mildew.
One downside: Venetian plaster can crack occasionally (though not as much as traditional plaster), especially in humid climates. The good news is that the cracks aren't usually difficult to repair.