Darrell Morrison and Intonachino

Darrell Morrison and Intonachino

Darrell Morrison of Decorative Painting and Plastering Concepts recently wrapped up a project in Surrey, British Columbia. The authentic Venetian plaster Intonachino Fine was chosen to cloak the exterior of this Canadian villa.  It is highly breathable material that is naturally mildew resistant, and has excellent drying capacity. Check out some pictures of Darrell’s work and notice the way he uses Intonachino to create an undoubtedly historic beauty.

While Intonachino is certainly a great interior finish, what makes it so perfect for exteriors is its durability and functionality. As a natural, lime-based stucco, it is crack-resistant and self-healing, which means it will stand up well when situated in adverse conditions. This environmentally friendly Venetian plaster has a high pH level, so it can resist mold and other bacteria. The breathable properties of Intonachino allow it to dry itself out quickly.


Decorative Painting and Plastering Concepts is a Canadian company that calls Vancouver, British Columbia home. Darrell is a Master Finisher who provides homeowners and businesses with authentic lime-based Venetian plaster finishes that utilize creativity and a unique style to achieve a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Beginning as an apprentice back in 2000, Darrell now leads a team of experts who pride themselves on getting the job done right the first time. Communication, quality and relationships are what drive his business and no job is complete until both Darrell and the client are both 100% happy with the result.

Anyone interested in the stunning works created by Decorative Painting and Plastering Concepts is encouraged to check out what they have happening online. Just head over to their website, www.darrellmorrison.com, and see more of their projects, read the testimonials and explore the different galleries featuring some amazing finishes like the one Darrell created with Intonachino Fine in Surrey, BC.



If you would like to get featured on our site, get in touch with us, send some pictures our way and tell us about your own Venetian plaster projects.…

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Venetian Plastering Tip: Scale & Composition of Distressed Finishes

So you created a beautiful distressed finish sample board.  Your client loves it.  But a sample board is not a wall, not even close.  What should you consider when transitioning to larger surfaces?

Here’s some advice on how to take your distressed finishes from the sample board to the wall:

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Venetian Plaster Installation – Intonachino X-Fine Interior

Venetian Plaster Installation - Intonachino X-Fine Interior

This project involves the interior installation of about 6000 square feet of our Intonachino Extra Fine lime plaster.  We are doing the finish in a distressed style, leaving some random openings between the first and second coat and lacing in some lighter highlights.

We went through a number of samples to find just the right color and texture.  Below is a sample wall I did just to make sure the owners were completely comfortable with the finish before we got started.

The clients asked me to come up with something that would work well in their elegant Mediterranean home. It was easy to see how using a richer color for the interior walls would help accent the substantial crown moldings, baseboards, and casings and give the home more richness and depth. The owners commented that once the walls started getting plastered the paint job on the walls began to look like primer – as if the house had not been completely finished until we showed up.

My good friend Bill Kaiser, owner of Elite Plaster in Bend, Oregon, and his brother David came up to help out with the project.  Both guys, although relatively young, have a great deal of expertise in Venetian plaster application, as well as extensive exterior stucco knowledge.  Bill’s done numerous exterior applications with Intonachino in central Oregon over the past few years.

We ran our material as a modified wet-on-wet application.  First coat was applied and allowed to go to set – as soon as we were sure there were no soft spots on the first coat we went right back in with the finish coat, waited for that to firm up, and then came back with a clean trowel to press and smooth the finish.

This technique saves some time and materials as compared to a traditional application in which one allows the first coat to go completely dry and come back next day.  Another advantage of going wet-on-wet is that the residual moisture in the first coat gives the second coat more open time, eliminating concerns about cold joints and lap marks even over large walls.  I wouldn’t recommend the same application on an exterior – you’re much better off doing a full first coat and letting it dry completely for exteriors.

We still have a week’s worth of work doing sealer and finishing columns and a couple of accent areas next week, but most of the wall surfaces are complete.  Those exterior stucco guys move fast!  Here’s a before of the hallway:

And after:

I’ll post more finished shots when we get ‘er all done.…

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Aaron and Stucco Italiano Venetian plaster featured on Fauxology blog

Aaron and Stucco Italiano Venetian plaster featured on Fauxology blog

The lovely and talented Regina Garay of Garay Artisans posted a nice feature on Stucco Italiano including an interview with Aaron. He discusses what first sparked his interest in Venetian plaster as well as some of the more popular lime-based products.

Regina is quite prolific and her blog, Fauxology, is always a great read.  One of the most articulate and balanced resources we know of.  Definitely subscribe if you’re in the biz. Check her out on twitter too.

Thanks Regina for all you hard work!

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Featured Venetian Plasterer: Jenn Williamson

Featured Venetian Plasterer: Jenn Williamson

Jenn Williamson is a Stucco Italiano Certified Installer up in the Vancouver, BC area, and a very talented finisher with many years of experience in all phases of decorative plastering, painting, and design.   She sent us some pics of her recent projects.  We’re impressed. Jenn (AKA Ispirato Design) uses a variety of finishes, making the most of the unique qualities of each material. Truly beautiful work. See for yourself…

Jenn used Marmorino Carrara on these pillars…

And these are from her Intonachino project a few months ago…

And last but not least, and exquisite application of Marmorino Classic

Like what you see? Contact Jenn.

Are you a Stucco Italiano installer that would like to be featured here?  Contact Andrew and send some photos.…

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