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Gothic vault ceiling
 Washington, DC
Lath and plaster gothic vault ceiling in
                  Washington, DC
Gothic vault ceiling Washington, DC
Lath and plaster gothic vault ceiling.
I did the whole ceiling with molding plaster and lime. It didn't have to be this good, because it got
a color finish. I like to show I can still use a hawk and trowel.

  
See how I did it here:
Finished ceiling and hallway.
The walls are brown coated with veneer plaster
basecoat and a color finish applied.
The ceiling is painted with transparent plaster bonder and the color finish put on.

More details here:
Color veneer plaster
Foxhall Road area.
Washington, DC

Color veneer plaster
                  Washington, DC
Plastering the
                  kitchen in Washington, DC
We're finishing the house from last update.
The picture shows the soft mottling and the rich
sandy texture.

  
See more here.
Plastering the kitchen. The walls here are water
resistant, scratch  resistant, and super hard.
The walls here can be scrubbed with water and a
metal scouring pad with no damage.
See how we did it.
The
                  finish coat is made of Keene's cement
Decorative plaster finish
The finish coat is made of Keene's cement, a super hard gypsum plaster, silica sand and lime.
Keene's is great for color or texture, because it
sets slow, allowing large areas to be done at a time.
More about color plaster here:
I took this picture in the sunlight to show our
sandy texture. The light texture adds a lot
of depth, even though the plaster is only
about a quarter inch thick.

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Barrel vault ceiling
in Washington, DC

Freshly
                troweled plaster seems to glow

Barrel vault
                ceiling in Washington, DC
Freshly troweled plaster seems to glow.
The ceiling is so dense and hard it should echo.

For more,  check it out here.

We used conventional plaster brown mortar
instead of veneer basecoat on the barrel to make
sure it is dead straight and dead round.

See how we did it.
  Painted stucco re-coated
Washington, DC

Painted stucco re-coated Washington, DC
the paint is already peeling badly
The finish coat even matches the original sandy color from 1921. Color is from Expo stucco in San Diego.

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The problem is the paint is already peeling badly
after a few short years. The original paint just didn't bond that good to the stucco.
We have a very durable, very permanent method of coating old painted stucco.
See how we did it.
EIFS garbage replaced with REAL stucco.
Alexandria, Virginia

EIFS chimney in Alexandria,
              Virginia
REAL stucco in Alexandria, VA
Flimsy EIFS garbage is easily peeled off these chimneys. Lying crooks sold  these as "stucco"
houses. A lot of the buyers were foreigners or
from other states and believed that these were stucco.
Believe it or not, they still put this stuff on chimneys.
We put on metal lath, a thick cement basecoat and a REAL color portland cement finish.

This chimney will never flap in the wind again.
  Patch and match.
Historic pebble dash stucco is
                repaired in Rockville, MD
Montrose school was rescued by
                Peerless Rockville
Historic pebble dash stucco is repaired in Rockville, MD.
Montrose school was rescued by Peerless Rockville, that buys historic buildings slated to be torn down.
Thanks for visiting my site. There are more projects, including pebble dash repair
stucco additions and more, but I'm saving them for the next update.
I haven't updated my site in a while due to being on a workaholic trip.
We are working on some cool stuff now, including a cool silo,
replacing work by the competition, a unique plaster stairway and more.
Please check back.