Paint Crumbling Plaster On Plain Textured Walls

by THAT Painter Lady

Ray Finfer sent in these pictures of his crumbling plaster “stuff”. The Wine Cellar Grotto had just plain textured walls and he tried to match the real bricks on the floor.

Brick Wine Celler

Brick Floor

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cindy July 7, 2009 at 3:27 am

That’s pretty neat but overdone I think. With so many breakouts, one on top of the other, it doesn’t look at all natural. Great job tho!

Ray Finfer November 5, 2009 at 6:45 am

Actually, Cindy, I have photographs of a building in South Padre Island Texas that has crumbling plaster walls that look just like the breakouts I did. The wall the breakouts are on in SPI is about ten feet high and had various areas where plaster over old brick has fallen off leaving areas much like what I did in the wine grotto. But thanks for the compliment.

Lauren November 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

i wanted to do something similar to this, i think it looks great! what colors did you use? any tips for how to make the plaster looked cracked?

Ray Finfer December 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Hi Lauren:
Just saw your question, sorry for the delay. The walls had been textured like the rest of the house with a simple orange peel. I used joint compound to roughly “plaster” sections of the wall, leaving the areas where the bricks were to go alone. I painted the plaster the same color as the original walls. Then I used a ragging technique with a burnt sienna glaze mix to wash over the joint compounded plaster. I pushed some of the glaze into lines and cracks I had made when I put laid down the joint compound. Finally, I did some shadows on the edge of the plaster to give it some depth and drew in some “cracks”. Then I did the bricks. Fun project and client LOVES IT.

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