New equipment and materials for ‘doing-it-yourself’ allow you to get excellent results with a variety of decorative effects using plaster. Home interior designers often choose to apply decorative plasters to walls and ceilings to decorate houses. In the past they were applied by hand directly onto walls by skilled craftsmen. Today you can find DIY versions that can be used to make frames and plasters according to your needs, like master craftsmen.
Gypsum powder is a material that can be worked and moulded when water is added. When it is dry, the resulting mixture can be adapted to plaster casts of every shape and size, realising any decoration for walls or ceilings. For an easier job, you can find pre-made items in plastic or polyester ready to fix and grout in many DIY stores
For correct application of the stucco, you must first remove from the walls any layers of old paint or wallpaper. The glue must be applied onto the frame and the wall, scratching the back of the two surfaces before bonding. Immediately after, paste the frame to the wall, applying pressure over the entire surface for a few seconds, to obtain a perfect adhesion. For very large frames, it is recommended to also use nails for a more secure support.
Once you have finished installing the frames, you must add an additional application of plaster, paying particular attention to the joints. Finally, everything should be painted with a washable paint, usually white.
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