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Test Painting A Ceiling Ornamment Gold

woodworking applique onlay

Woodworking appliques are beautiful in simple white. If you feel bold though, add a splash of color.

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I thought I’d paint the center of this applique gold to see how it looks up against our blue ceiling border.

Come take a look and tell me what you think!

Vendor Decorators Supply Corp

Item 11759 from Catalog 124, p 288

Dimensions  3-1/8″ diameter


Test Paint Your Appliques

Compo appliques are shipped in their raw color of medium brown.  Here I’ve put a coat of primer on this one before throwing a test coat of gold paint in the center.

round rosette woodworking applique onlay

This or a very similar flower applique will go on the ceiling of our half bathroom, and I’m painting this one so I can test the size of the ceiling border.

Since it only took a few minutes, I dabbed two coats of gold paint in the center so I can see how it looks.

architctural ornament

The applique is held up with two of those 3M double-sided sticky poster things.

This blue is something Jennifer is just flirting with, the final border color will probably be dark green.

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2 Responses to Test Painting A Ceiling Ornamment Gold

  1. Matthew January 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM #

    What kind of paint do you use for the appliques? Are they just glued into place?

  2. Ken January 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM #

    I’ve used all kinds of paint on appliques, Matthew. And so have designers through out history. So you are pretty much free to do as you like.

    Mostly I use whatever the trim paint is, or some other accent color in the room. But the gold paint I used in this post is regular ol’ artist’s acrylic I bought at an art supply store.

    The appliques from Decorators Supply are made from a material they call “compo.” Compo has glue all mixed in with it. To activate the glue, you hold the applique over a steam bath to make it soft and pliable, and then lay on a bare wood surface. When dry, it’s glued to the surface.

    However, I’m always applying my appliques to mdf board that’s already been primed, so I just glue it on like you would any other ornament. Sometimes I shoot a few 23 gauge pin nails into it to hold it in place.

    In the near future I’m going to do a tutorial on how to install appliques using the steam on wood method. But that won’t be fore a little while yet as I’m so far behind on my posting schedule.

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