Veneer & Venetian Plaster

Veneer Plaster

Veneer plaster is a variation of full coat plaster. A thin base coat and finish (a total of 1/8 - 3/16”) is applied over 1/2 - 5/8” gypsum base (also called blue board), similar to drywall but with a special type of paper to ensure a good bond for the plaster materials. These materials are premixed and bagged so they are easier to use than traditional plasters that are job mixed. Textures and decorative elements can be applied to veneer just as they are to full coat plaster.

Veneer Plaster was used for these sweeping walls in an art museum of Springfield, Ohio.


Veneer plaster has the look of plaster at about two thirds of the cost. It also has better acoustic resistance and helps eliminate the nail-pops and ripples characteristic of drywall.

Builders find that veneer is a time saver. Unlike spackle, veneer plaster is a "setting" product, meaning it hardens as a result of a chemical reaction. Plasterers can finish their work in fewer operations with no sanding dust involved. This is especially useful in renovations and additions where the building has occupied areas. With proper drying conditions, veneer walls can be ready for decoration in 24 to 48 hours.

Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster or stucco as it is called in Italy (pronounced "stew' ko"), is an integrally colored plaster finish that is applied in several layers. The integral color means it will never need to be painted unless you want to change the décor. In the hands of a skilled plasterer, these materials create a look that is unique yet comfortably familiar. The mottled finish lends Old World charm to a room or an accent area.

A custom designed medallion
is the focal point of this fireplace.
The medallion was made to match
the marble roping of the fireplace.


Miami Valley Hospital Health Education Center was built in the 50's and needed some sprucing up.


Hopper Handcrafted Specialty Finish with a fine, limestone texture was applied as a wainscot and on EIFS trim around the windows and door when the building was rededicated as the Fred E. Weber Center for Health Education.