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Thread: Covered light switch

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    Senior Member irma tapia's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever covered a light switch with fabric? Please tell me how you did it. Thanks ;)

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    Use decopage ( I hope I spelled it right). You can buy it at walmart at the craft section. I used it to cover light switches before. I also decorated plain glass plates with it.

    Use the fabric on the underside of the glass plate, brush with decopage and let dry. Trim excess of when completely dry.

    Cut the fabric to whatever size or shape you need, place it where you would like to have it, brush the decopage over it. Trim when completely dry, it worked for me.

    I also used it to make coasters from small bathroom tiles. Put some fleece on the rough side of the tile and a picture of your liking on the smooth side, cover the top with decop. and let dry.

    They made nice gifts.

    I hope this will help you some, enjoy

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    If you want your fabric to be absolutely smooth on the wall switch and you are not trying for any added texture, you can use varnish. Varnish a clean wall plate,put the fabric on the wall plate, varnish the fabric, let the whole thing dry at least 24 hours. When it is dry either trim the fabric at the edge and varnish it again or fold the edge under, trim and varnish. The varnish will be your glue and waterproof finish. It's easier if you use varnish that cleans up with soap and water but not necessary. If you haven't done much varnishing, try it out on anything that is throw away. This is an older, cheaper version of the craft decopage. The secret to using varnish is to use very FEW brush stokes. Too many strokes will turn it cloudy.

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    My DD did that years ago in her bedroom which is now my sewing room. They are still there. When I paint the room I will change them. She just used glue to attach the fabric so they do not have a coating on the top. Modge podge or varnish is a good idea. It would make them washable.

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    Yes, I did. I used wall paper paste, the stuff you buy to seal those edges that don't want to stay sealed. It comes in a tub and is thick and gooey.

    Any way, I cut my fabric or wall paper so it covers the face plate and has between1/4 and 1/3 inch extra to turn under. Lightly smear the face plate with the "goop" smooth it on and get any bubbles out. Turn under the fabric and use the "goop" to keep it in place on the back. I cut an "X" where the switch toggle sticks out and turned under the wings of the "X" in all directions, let it dry and screw it back onto the wall.

    Easy Peesy!

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