Color plaster in the Foxhall Road area of Washington, DC

Veneer plaster in Washington, DC
Plaster scaffold
Since this is color work, and the color is almost impossible to touch up,  we waited until the trim and moldings are put on, so the wall doesn't get beat up. The trim is taped off and the floors are covered with plastic and masonite.
If you haven't ever seen a house plastered, or haven't visited my site before, this is what a scaffold looks like for plastering.  An 18 inch gap is left around the outside to allow access to the side wall.
veneer plaster basecoat
Keene's cement
A veneer plaster basecoat is put on first.
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The color finish is Keene's cement, a super hard gypsum plaster, lime and fine white sand.
The sand adds a subtle texture and improves strength.
running mold I used for the round window
              returns
cornice strip is screwed on
A view of the running mold I used for the round window returns. This is one of the molds I used for the bull noses in my house, I just put on two patches. There is another picture here.
A wood strip, or cornice strip, is screwed on.
The window return is filled with metal lath
and the exposed edges of the blue board are
painted with plaster bonder.
Round corner (arris) is run.
LEFT:                                 

Round corner (arris) is run by packing with molding plaster and
lime and sliding the running mold.

This will get a color finish.


RIGHT:

Inside is trued up using a mitre rod.
                 
Inside is trued up using a mitre
              rod.
The round nose at the top required
              a swing arm
Mold is pivoted with a swing arm
The round nose at the top required a swing arm.

A one by is screwed on at the spring line (diameter)
and run using a pitoting running mold.
Arris is filled with molding plaster and lime and
run with a pivoting mold. Now my arris (outside
corner) is round and follows the contour of the window.
Color finish applied and the round
              arrises are tooled in.
color plaster finish
Color finish applied and the round arrises are tooled in.
An action shot applying the color plaster finish in the dining room.
Living room finished.
walls are scrubbable
Living room finished.
Master bath. These walls are scrubbable, and Keene's cement is water resistant.
Color plaster.
The mottling and variations in the
              color show off the plaster
Master bedroom. We plastered the most important areas of the house. The rest is drywall.
The sand adds a nice subtle texture. The mottling and variations in the color show off the plaster.