Lime plastering - anyone here do this?

jlc102482February 14, 2013

I attended a seminar over the weekend about lime horsehair plastering. It was held at a house museum that was built in 1810 and is in the process of being restored.The seminar was fascinating and very useful too, as my house has lime plaster walls that are in need of some TLC. I don't think I'd attempt to do an entire wall, but I think I have learned enough to at least patch cracks and holes.

Does anyone here plaster and if so, do you use lime or gypsum? Any tool recommendations or tips?

Here is a link that might be useful: The house museum the seminar was held at

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The group I work with did an 1815 house back in 2009 where the owners wanted one room done 100% original, with reusing the split heart pine lath and using lime&horsehair plaster. We used an experienced plasterer who was keen on learning this lost art.
It worked pretty well, the room is very quiet. We procured the materials from Virginia Lime Works.
The flooring will have to be exceedingly well-protected, as the walls need to be sprayed down (soaked) between coats. Tons of water.

Finished room:


    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 4:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You do know how long 100% lime plaster takes to cure?

Lime putty with plaster of Paris added was far more common.

Plastering Skills by F. Van Den Branden and Thomas L. Hartsell is still listed on Amazon.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 10:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


That is awesome!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 2:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, we had to wait months to paint.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 2:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Sanity check: Huge window & shutter repair/replace bill?
Hey folks! I am the proud new-ish owner of 1740s brick...
Rule of thumb on recreating hardwood floors?
I'm recreating the peg and groove oak hardwood floors...
stone house
Do any of you out there own a real stone house? Not...
interesting plaster job - what to do to fix it?
I'm doing some work in my dining room that includes...
Need your ideas for a new-old home,...
We are planning to build a home that appears to be...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™