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Painted Embroidered Fabric Wall Plates – A How To

The wall plate cover can be an unattractive white, rectangle on your wall.  But that white eyesore can be upgraded to match any finish.  Here Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how he upgraded a switch plate cover to match the embroidered fabric wallpaper.

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

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PROPER PREPARATION

STEP 1 – PROPER PREPARATION: Use proper preparation methods to prepare your surface.  The plastic was sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and dusted.  A thin layer of binding primer was applied. and then sanded and dusted once more.  Next two coats of Basecoat were applied to the switch plate (the color was a bit lighter than the final tile color). Sanding in between each coat.

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APPLY BACKGROUND TEXTURE

STEP 2 – APPLY BACKGROUND TEXTURE: The plate was then textured with a few colors of tinted Glazing Medium using the very fine, samina-haired Chiqueteur Brush.  Acrylic colors were used with the fast-drying medium, Matte Medium.

Brush marks were then blended with a round Softener Brush between steps.

The plate was checked against the wallpaper to see where it hits the pattern.

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TRACE THE DESIGN

STEP 3 – TRACE THE DESIGN : Using a piece of vellum paper, the pattern was then traced with a hard, sharp pencil. Then use the traced area for the switch plate.

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TRANSFER THE DESIGN

STEP 4 – TRANSFER THE DESIGN: On the back of the vellum, scribble the area with a soft pencil.

On the back of the vellum, a soft pencil was used to scribble over the area.

Then the design was turned face up and the design was carefully redrawn using a firm touch.

The pattern was then transferred to the plate.

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PAINT THE DESIGN

STEP 5 – PAINT THE DESIGN: The area was painted lightly for sketching purposes.

Then, the fine hatching of the stitching was applied with a sable, Pointed Liner Brush.  It took a few coats to build up the white color.  The texture of the thicker paint helped to mimic the thread.

It was very important to paint the embroidery with care since it wasn’t possible to touch-up the background easily.

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PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 6 – PROTECT AND FINISH: Two coats of a thin durable water-base Varnish was then used.  This will protect the plate as many wall plates get a lot of abuse and must be cleaned frequently.

COMPLETED FINISH

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