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What is it?

Caenstone is the plasterer's attempt to duplicate the beautiful limestone of Caen, France.

In its simplest form, it is a glorified "brown coat," floated to produce a pleasing texture of swirls and scratches. It is different from the common sand texture seen on ceilings in that it has very little aggregate on the surface. Done with a uniform pigment, it needs no paint.

In its highest form, Caenstone is a secret blend of colored sand, pigment, mica, and quartz that convincingly reproduces the natural sparkling look and texture of real limestone. Caenstone is often "grouted" into blocks, cast in ornament, or run in cornices and moldings.

What happens to Caenstone over the decades?

A well done project could easily go 50 years untouched. Cleaning and repairs are difficult.

Cracks are caulked because no paper or mesh tape can be used. Plaster patches are made but always stand out because new texture can never blend with old texture. Sand paint and texture paint are common quick fixes. Finally, successive layers of flat paint gradually submerge the texture.

How is Caenstone restored?

There are two ways:
1) The paint and plaster are stripped down to the lathe and done over, or
2) The existing plaster is veneer coated with an historically accurate plaster of similar composition. "Master of Plaster Finishing Systems" makes an excellent Caenstone veneer coat tinted to the color of your choosing without the need of bonding agents or primers. It is highly cost effective because it eliminates the need to paint.

Our Caen Stone

Our Caen Stone plaster is done using the Master of Plaster Caen Stone product. It is suitable for both exterior and interior finishing. Consider chimneys, kitchen hoods, kitchen walls, pool room walls, bathroom walls, shower walls, or anywhere else you could imagine putting a lime stone look. Caen Stone is a great way to add character and poise to any building.

Also, take a look at our caenstone kitchen hood.