For many people, determining between choices of bathroom wall coverings typically comes down to deciding between the appearance and quality they may like versus the price they can afford. Venetian plaster is a suitable choice that checks all the boxes because it gives the wall a spectacular finish, it’s water resistant and more affordable than traditional shower tiles.

Is Venetian Plaster Suitable For A Shower Room

Can I Use Venetian Plaster in my Shower?

Venetian plaster offers eye-catching, unique and elegant finishes. And, since it is water resistant, you can use it to adorn your shower. However, it is important to understand that not all variants of Venetian plasters are the same, thus not all types are suitable for wet rooms. So, if you’re considering Venetian plaster in an effort to bring some personality and design into your shower, then Venetian polished plaster would be a suitable option for creating a more durable and long-lasting surface in a bathroom environment.

A good piece of advice would be to discuss your goals and options with an experienced expert in Venetian plastering. Experts help guide you through the selection process, helping you make sure your choices suit both the vision for your bathroom and the condition of the environment.

How to Apply Venetian Plaster to the Shower Wall

One of the best things about Venetian plaster, according to those skilled and trained to work with it, is that it’s easy to apply and doesn’t require a large number of tools and materials to perform the work. In the hands of the experts, Venetian plaster delivers dramatic results.

Venetian Plastering involves the Following Steps:

Preparing The Room
The initial step in the Venetian plastering process begins with clearing the bathroom area as much as possible. Any moveable items should be removed in order to create a free space to work in. Next, thoroughly wash off any grease and dirt from the walls, if there are any holes or cracks on the wall, these should be filled and sanded during this step. The surface should first be covered or primed with flat paint before applying the Venetian plaster. 

Applying the First Coat
A skilled artisan applies a first coat starting from the corner most of the wall, using a wide drywall knife (about 4- to 6-inch) or a flexible steel trowel. Then, the plaster is left to dry for about 3-4 hours.

Applying the Second Coat
Once the first coat is dried, a second coat is applied using the same color mixture combination of Venetian plaster, allowing it to dry another 24 hours before the finish treatment.

Burnishing the Finish
The next step is to burnish the surface. This is achieved by rubbing the surface with fine sandpapers in a circular motion. Once this step is completed, clean the sanded area with a damp cloth. To create a more polished look, the surface can be buffed using a clean towel or the flat side of a putty knife. 

Applying a Top Coat
For the final step, a topcoat is applied, adding durability to the surface. For areas such as your shower, this process is vital and must not be overlooked. Applying a topcoat keeps your wall resistant to water. 


Venetian plaster can elevate your shower, turning your walls into elegant art, while also making them durable. The skilled and professional team of artisans at DecorFin Decorative Wall FInishes can redefine and enhance your shower area with the ancient art of Venetian plaster. Masters of the technique with over 15 years in the trade, DecorFin delivers the highest quality service in Venetian plaster design, promising an elegant and luxurious finish for every surface, every time. Contact us today!