Snazzing up switchplates.......

lydia1959September 2, 2005

I saw some expensive metal switchplates on line and thought I would try making a faux one. I took an ordinary plastic switchplate, glued on a piece of embossed wallpaper (bought a whole roll at a yard sale for a dime), painted it with the textured spray metallic paint (leftover from my bowling ball project), then added a few coats of waterbased varnish. I think it came out pretty well, although I might paint the screws so they blend in better. Looks kind of like leather too I think - so it might work in a western themed room as well.

Other ideas would be gluing on a plastic lizard or any flat backed 3-D item and then painting over. You could add flat backed jewels or curled wire as well or drill little holes and dangle some beads from the bottom. Any other switchplate ideas??

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Pokeydecatur

Lydia, that looks so elegant! I love it!!!

Barbara

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 5:15PM
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Cheri_C

Lydia, Great job. What a clever idea. My dad gave me 2 rols of that and I haven't used it for anything. Thanks for sharing.
Cheri

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 6:52PM
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dragonlady

I love your switchplate.....really great ideas too for others....this is something I want to try....thanks for the idea and great job.....Brenda

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 9:51AM
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des_arc_ya_ya

Very nice! Yep, paint the screws.

You're right - it looks kind of like leather and kind of metal toned. (Two of my favorite materials! LOL)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 11:45AM
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CraftingMomma

I have a couple types of that textured wallpaper ... I'm gonna give this one a try too! My first thought when looking at your switchplate was that it looked like aged/rusted metal. I love that look. Especially when the rust doesn't rub off on you!

Thanks for sharing your project ... and your tips!

Joyce

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 1:48PM
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wichitarick

hi,
thank you , very nice, heck i thought i had most of the ideas for these cool. that is what make this so great .
a cpl of things Ive done are used that blue metallic paint on a plate and put it on a blue wall looks like it is built in.
I was afraid of the paint not sticking to the plastic so I covered the plates in white glue like decopage and then painted them , donlt know if I discovered something but it worked great.
we decopaged paper leaves all over them and painted green . I am wanting to try this on a whole wall with the leaves then at least 5 colors of green??
we starched twall fab. on them and the door inserts in the kitchen.
I took the plug in plates in my shop (wooden ones) and took all different colors of stain and kindarag painted them layering the color I just wished I had a pic as good as yours of a cpl of these i was impressed these were g.s plates and waste stain from rags just beautiful.
thought of.... decoupging fancy wrapping paper over them.
using a saw blade for one in a shop.
have glow in the dark paint on one .
thought of... two clear one stacked to gether .. with anything in between , flower petals, pics.paper. need to do this one.
thought of .. using the melted crayon trick to paint one then sealing it.
was going to... decoupage food labels to wood ones for the kitchen.. am going to still do this on the insides of open cupboards and shelves and open wall spaces. flour bags .mostly.
have seen .. pennies glued all over them.
thanks for the pic. that is wonderful ... oh I might add
I have a lot of the embossed paper and it was all free samples from a paint store. so these would be free.
Rick

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 3:17PM
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wichitarick

hi,
you know i remembered something. and after seeing your excellent pic. was a reminder , you made that beutiful plate
and even with the screws painted you are still stuck with the off white switch .
only takes a few min to change to brown and about a dollar.
i,m stuck with white ones on a barn wood wall also .
great pic thanks Rick

    Bookmark   September 4, 2005 at 1:21PM
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pattico_gw

I bought a roll of that wall paper....We cut squares and painted them . glues three sides together...Wire handle..

and opened the top...to make wall pockets..

put dried flowers in them...and hung them on the door...they looked just like wall pockets made of old pieces of tin ceiling...they looked great.

patti

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 11:08AM
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Cheri_C

Patti, Those sound so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Cheri

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 1:23PM
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liz_h

Wow! This looks great, and I bet it was a lot of fun to make.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 5:52PM
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gw:craftylady-2006

Lydia, I would have never guessed that was wallpaper. What a fantastic idea and you did an excellent job. As the others say, paint the switch and your done. Perfect.

Sal

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 9:10PM
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luvstocraft

Wow, that looks so much like leather or rusted metal. That would work on boxes or flower pots too I bet. Very nice.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 11:48PM
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junkyardgirl

Wow! I have some in my garage I was loathe to throw away! Now I know what I can do with them.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2006 at 3:39PM
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straycat_wandering

The comment about the leather look reminded me of a wall I saw that looked like leather. What they did was tore brown grocery bags -crunched them up-ironed then down (leaving creases) and glued them to the wall-over lapping. Used a coat of shellac and that were beautiful! Looked just like leather.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 1:07PM
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mzdee

Wow.
That is really nice work.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 8:20PM
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kacram

VERY NICE!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 11:00PM
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october17

Very nice switchplate! I have some leftover paper too. Great ideas everyone! Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 9:14AM
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