How to use patching plaster

Pick a cute corner floral stencil by Martha Stewart and got out your patching plaster.  It is very important to make sure that the plaster is smooth.  If it is lumpy, add a little water and mix it up with you hand mixer. Center the stencil where you want it to go.

Now you are ready to add the plaster.  Dip your finger in the plaster so you will have a good dollop to start spreading over the stencil.

Now, slowly spread the plaster around the stencil.  Add a little pressure to make sure the plaster is seeping into all the holes.  Make sure the surface is fairly smooth.  Wipe the excess plaster that may be outside the edges of the stencil with a paper towel.

Very carefully, pick up an edge of the stencil and lift it off.

It may or may not be perfect when you lift it off.  If there are only minor imperfections, you can usually fix them with a toothpick and a steady hand.

Add another applique to the opposite corner.  As you can see, there is some plaster smeared around the applique.  You can easily wipe it off once the plaster dries.
It takes about 2 hours for the plaster to dry.  One it has dried, sand it gently with some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out, then prime.

Once the primer is dry, lightly sand the whole piece.
Now you can paint!

After the paint is dry, sand the appliques and any other areas you would like to distress with some 60 grit sandpaper.

You can either leave the appliques white and seal the piece with wax, or poly, or you can add some stain.
Here is the final product


Dap 12345 drydex spackle; 1/2pt wall patch kt...

Dap 12345 drydex spackle 1/2pt wall patch kt


  1. Repairs holes and cracks up to 3 inches in diameter
  2. For use on drywall, plaster or masonry surfaces
  3. Sandable and paintable
  4. Dry-time indicator to help eliminate finishing errors
  5. Includes: 8 oz. DryDex spackling; 4 in. x 4 in. flexible, self-adhesive perforated aluminum patch; 4 in. x 3 in. 100-grit sand paper; and 2 in. ergonomic plastic putty knife

Red Devil 0531 1-Gallon Pre-Mixed Vinyl Spackling,...

Red Devil 0531 1Gallon PreMixed Vinyl Spackling White


  1. General purpose, water-based spackling compound for patching holes and nailheads quickly and easily
  2. Interior or exterior use
  3. Easy to apply and sand; Dries fast and is paintable
  4. Water Based and VOC compliant
  5. If the product is dry or harder than desired, simply add a couple drops of water and mix and it will return to a creamier consistency

DAP 34011 1 qt. Flexall Wall Repair, White...

DAP 34011 1 qt Flexall Wall Repair White


  1. This product is a qt flexall all purpose filler
  2. Purpose of use for glue, wood-fill
  3. Manufactured in the United states
  4. May be used to stop water leaks in roofs, skylights, rain gutters or to cover minor cracks in stucco surfaces and wood fascia board
  5. Pre-mixed, ready to use
  6. For interior and exterior applications

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