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How to Create Terra Fresco Walls

Create a Tuscan look with terra fresco walls by using a plaster mix and shades of terra cotta paint.

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family room has tuscan look and feel
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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Prep the Room

Prep room by taping windows, doors and moldings with painter's tape. Place drop cloth on the floor.

add plaster to center of plaster blade

Step 2: Mix and Apply the Plaster

Mix three different troughs of joint compound with three kinds of latex paint. Be careful not to overmix, leaving some of the white joint compound showing.

Add plaster to center of a plaster blade and apply base color compound in a small area.

be careful not to over blend

Step 3: Apply Two More Colors

Apply other two colors in smaller amounts as highlights to add depth. Be careful not to overblend.

So far, so good!

Kelly Moore Paint colors used:
Truffle Trouble KM 4080-5
Mandarin Grove KM 3576-5
Old Brick KM 4088-5