Working with plaster can be a fun way to incorporate new designs on your wall; it can enhance the features of your bathroom, kitchen, and other areas of the house. According to Wikipedia, plaster is a “building material used for the protective or decorative coating of walls and ceilings and for molding and casting decorative elements.” If you’re ready to start your remodeling project, keep reading to learn how to properly plaster your walls from start to finish!

Step 1 – Prep Walls

Prepping your walls can definitely help with the plastering process. Do you have wallpaper? Then get to peeling! You can remove wallpaper by soaking it with water for at least 10min. After the paper is thoroughly soaked, gently remove from the wall. It’s also a good idea to wash your walls with soap and water, which can clear away any dirt or grime, and make your plaster stick better!

PVA glue is also a plaster essential! This adhesive goes directly onto the surface of your wall, and  acts as a primer tostop the plaster from drying too quickly. It’s important for your plaster to keep its moisture!

Step 2 – Tools

A plastering trowel is the one tool that does it all. You can hand mix plaster, use a wooden hawk, or mix on the floor, but it’s the trowel that gives you flat walls. This tool gives you the results you want. We also recommend putting these tools on your list:

  • Nordstand Heavy Duty Mixer – durable; easy for mixing
  • Fat Hog Paint brush – ideal for edging
  • Faithful 5 Gallon 25L Bucket – designed for your mixer

Step 3 – Mixing

Always put the water in the bucket before the plaster; if you do it the other way round, it can be harder to mix. Get the big bucket that you’re mixing with and fill your two 12 liter buckets with water. Then, fill with the correct plaster measurements and set on a low speed. Mix to your desired consistency. It’s almost like baking a cake, but with plaster!

Step 4 – Plaster Walls

Apply the first layer of plaster to your wall. With your plaster trowel, you can maneuver the plaster in the direction of your choosing. Start from one side of the wall and work your way over until you’ve reached the edge. Wait for it to dry for at least 10 minutes and then repeat the process.

We recommend using a water brush to keep your plaster wet and pliable to move across the surface. So every time you go back for another scoop, you can apply the water right after. This trick makes the plastering process go much quicker, especially if you’re a beginner.


From prepping the walls to scraping on freshly-made plaster, we listed a few steps for plastering your home. Of course, any DIY project can be done with the right tools and skills, but do you want the best results possible? We suggest hiring our team at Chesapeake Kitchen Design for plastering and other professional remodeling services!

If you have any suggestions for plastering, comment down below!