In our home in the mountains of Idaho, we had a 27 foot bedroom, which also meant a 27 foot blank ceiling!
As I lay in bed one morning, staring at that massive ceiling, I got the bright idea to give it something so spectacular! Something that would just knock the socks off anyone who ever saw it (and trust me, it DID!).
I found the center of the ceiling, then measuring from the walls inward, equal distances away from the walls then taped off a big rectangle with a smaller rectangle inside.
I then painted that frame a tan color and sponged a brown glaze over the top to create a mottled color effect.
Finding the center of the frame and snapping chalk lines, I used our Raised Plaster Floral Medallion Stencil in a repeated fashion to create a large medallion right in the center. Pre-tinting the joint compound with brown paint helped to save me time later in trying to paint the white design. I used the same design in the corners facing the center of the frame.
Using plaster of paris, I cast our Oasis Plaster Mold over and over to create the pieces you see around the frame. In the corners, I cast our our Floral Medallion Mold and Grape Leaves Mold as fill in pieces.
That beautiful ceiling frame helped sell the house two years later.
Now I’m considering doing one on the bedroom ceiling in the house I currently own in New Mexico.
Check out all of our Plaster Molds and Plaster Stencils and let your imagination help you decide how to give your home an exciting new look! There’s no end to what YOU can do!
This single mold can be cast over and over with plaster of paris to create these gorgeous panels.
They can either be used alone to create a wall hanging or attached to a craft project, or you can cast man of them and use them repeated on a wall, ceiling or back splash to create the most dramatic area you could ever dream of!
Once dry, the pieces are attached by simply spreading joint compound over the back of the piece then holding it to the ceiling or wall for 60 seconds. Joint compound is the perfect adhesive since it not only holds the piece in place perfectly, if you ever choose, you can actually remove the pieces at some point in the future. But to be honest? Who would want to!
I did some pretty intense plaster work in my home in Idaho. When the home was appraised for the sale, the appraiser actually added an additional $20,000.00 to the value of the home because (as he said): “What you have done is to add custom, permanent plaster ornamentation to this home”. The hair on my arms stood straight up from my delight!
Now, imagine the value that Rob has added to his home with this expensive looking ceiling design?
This is a stencil and mold “set”. The stencil includes vines and leaves, the plaster mold includes the grapes and leaves. Use the stencil with joint compound or other dimensional product, and use the mold with plaster of paris for super dimensional grapes and leaves.
We send super easy instructions.
Natalia chose not to use the leaves on the stencil, but rather use only the leaves from the plaster mold.
The final look is just beautiful and adds such dimension to the range hood. Lovely job!
This would also make a super exciting border all around the kitchen on the wall, either using it as a border against the ceiling, or draping over and down a doorway.
Casting plaster is super easy. Just follow the instructions on the bag of plaster of paris for mixing the plaster. And it’s inexpensive! For as little as 50 cents per cast piece, your medallion will cost very little.
What do you use as the glue to hold them to the ceiling? That’s the best part! Simply spreading a layer of joint compound on to the back of the dried plaster piece, then holding it in place (on the wall or ceiling) for 60 seconds is all it takes to make the piece adhere beautifully!
I did a plaster frame around my chandelier and it survived a Seattle earthquake without even a tiny crack!
I then cast and applied plaster ornaments from our plaster molds to the top. Simply choose your favorite! White glue works fine to adhere them, just be sure to prime both sides first.
Once everything was dry, I painted the entire box with cream colored latex paint then mixed dark brown paint with translucent wall glaze and brushed it over the entire surface. Make sure to get your bristles in to all the little crooks and crannies!
With a wadded, old terry towel, begin wiping off the excess glaze, allowing it to remain in the recesses.
Once everything is dry, give it a good coat of clear sealer and it’s ready to give as a gift!
My home in northern Idaho had very large rooms which gave me the most awesome space for wall and ceiling designs.
As I would lay in bed each morning, I would stare at that expansive ceiling and dream of a beautiful ornamental frame.
So one day, I mapped it out and decided to just jump in and do it!
It was actually pretty easy!
First, I taped off the center of the ceiling with painters tape and then did a sponged light and darker brown frame with paint.
I used our Oasis Mold to cast many pieces (casting more as I needed them) and primed, then painted them with Faux Effects Pewter Metallic Paint. This paint was a little more expensive than you might normally pay for craft paints, but trust me, that one quart lasted me for years! And I love their variety of colors.
For a design in the center and corners, I used our Raised Plaster Floral Medallion Stencil, repeated to create a larger design right in the center then angled it at the corners. I pre-tinted the joint compound with brown paint so that I didn’t have the chore of painting the design later. What a time saver!
Casting a round medallion mold and adding it to the center perfected the design.
Once the pieces were painted and dry, I began placing them around the frame. This is so easy! Simply spread joint compound over the back (about 1/4″ thick), then hold in place for 60 seconds. It’s now there permanently but can be removed in the future if you want.
Pieces were placed around both the inner and outer painted frames.
Looking up at this frame when I woke up in the morning just thrilled me. I tell you, it was sometimes difficult to break myself away from it and actually get up!
The beauty it brought to the room was just amazing.
When I sold the house in 2013, the new owner gushed over this frame and the Raised Plaster Aspen Trees I had done on the living room wall. It honestly helped sell the house!
So don’t be afraid to add raised plaster and cast plaster to your home. It could bring you more joy than you can imagine.
A sweet friend gave me large cabinet doors that she no longer wanted.
Heavy wood cabinet door with unique triangular carving.
Well, you know me, I’m seeing plaster stenciling and cast plaster art in my head! I LOVED the unique triangular section in the center. It had bumpy carving that would create a unique backdrop to cast plaster.
I’ve been wanting to do something unique for my living room wall and this was just the project!
I cast the plaster pieces I want to use from our plaster molds then primed and painted them and the door with cream colored paint. I painted the triangle on the door in neutral brown to coordinate with my carpeting.
I dry brushed metallic gold over the triangle first, then when the paint was dry, again dry brushed it, this time with black acrylic paint. Catching only the very tops of the carvings really showed off the pattern, almost making it look like reptile skin. Cool!
Brush glaze then wipe off the excess to bring out the detail of cast plaster.
The plaster pieces were brushed with brown glaze then quickly wiped with an old terry towel to remove the excess. This brings out the detail in a huge way! Once dry, the cast plaster pieces were glued in to place.
The border edge was plaster stenciled with our Tremont Furniture Border Stencil, brushed with glaze and then again, the excess was wiped off to reveal the design.
Once dry, I lugged that heavy piece in to the living room, climbed the ladder, hung it on the wall and delighted in my new art piece!
When the pieces were dry, she painted them the same color as the staircase and then attached them by spreading joint compound over the back side of the piece and holding it in place for just 60 seconds.
She was so elated with the front staircase, that she decided to do the back staircase to match!
We’ve always thought of plaster molds for doing funky little craft projects. But they can be used on walls, ceilings and furniture to create such beauty and detail. Where in your home might you use a plaster mold to add beauty?
Victoria Larsen Stencils was the first to introduce you to Raised Plaster Stencils in 2004
and has been the leader ever since with this unique and innovative decorating technique. If you can spread frosting, you can create stunning, raised designs on just about any surface, including walls, ceilings, furniture, cabinetry and craft items.
We’re also the first to introduce you to creating high end plaster ceiling and wall designs with our unique line of plaster molds.
Our classic designs and easy How To instructions help you create elegant and beautiful home decor to help you create the home of your dreams.
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