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Wall Plate Covers To Match Tile – 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.  In this How-To Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how he upgraded a switch plate cover to match this unique bathroom tile at a client’s home in Utah.  See also: Switch Plates to Match Embroidery

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. First, a photo was taken of the plate.  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 was 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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DESIGN PATTERN ON THE PLATE

STEP 2 – DESIGN PATTERN ON THE PLATE: With a hard pencil, the pattern was drawn on the plate using the tiles as a reference.

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TAPE OFF THE SQUARES

STEP 3 – TAPE OFF SQUARES: Next, safe-release tape was used to mask off the white areas on the plate.  The tape should be well-burnished and to prevent bleeding.  See also: Protecting Fragile Surfaces

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PAINT THE DESIGN AND EFFECTS

STEP 4 – PAINT THE DESIGN AND EFFECTS:  The red and black squares were based out and a little variance of tonality was added. The trompe l’oeil effect was added next.

Then, the tape was removed.  With a selection of fine, Trompe L’oeil Brushes, the final shadows and highlights were painted to finish the plate cover.  Additionally, a little aging was added to the white tile, to better match the wall.

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PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 5 – PROTECT AND FINISH:  Apply Varnish in the desired sheen to protect the finish. After a varnish, the switch plate is installed and admired. 

COMPLETED FINISH

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