A Custom Lightswitch Cover
by Monica Resinger - Plantldy98@aol.com
Description: How to make custom lightswitch covers to accent any room of your home.
We remodeled our bathroom recently and when it was time to choose our
switch plate covers, we were overwhelmed with the variety and prices
of them. We wanted out-of-the-ordinary light switch covers but
didn't want to pay the price -- and besides, we couldn't find any
that matched our decor out of all that variety!
So what we did was purchase plain unfinished wood ones and I painted
them to match our decor. We did our bathroom decor in rich jewel
tone colors with brass accents so I decided to paint the light switch
covers in dark blue with gold stars. We love the `custom homemade'
look of them and it was very easy to accomplish. Below you'll find
step by step instructions for how to do this.
Before beginning this project, decide on the color and design of your
cover. Try to include colors and design elements that are already in
the room then go purchase your materials.
~ unfinished wood light switch covers (can be found in do-it-yourself
~ acrylic paint in your choice of colors (found in craft stores or
craft sections in retail stores)
~ small foam stamps of your choice (found in craft stores or craft
sections in retail stores)
~ spray clear acrylic (found in craft stores or craft sections in
retail stores) -- optional
Prepare a work surface by laying newspaper down on a large area
1. Base coat the cover with the color of your choice. You will
probably need at least a second coat, maybe a third. Let each coat
dry before applying the next.
2. Stamp on your design. First, plan your design, then practice
stamping. To do this, using a small paintbrush, paint the acrylic
paint onto the stamp then press onto paper firmly but being careful
not to turn it to get a smudge. Once you are comfortable with the
feel of it, then go ahead and stamp your design onto the base-painted
3. If desired spray with clear acrylic for protection and easy
cleaning. This is best done outside on a piece of cardboard or
newspaper. Let dry then put the light switch covers on as usual (a
good job for hubby).
Don't think this is the only way to decorate your switch covers. You
can sponge paint them, paint on free-hand designs, decoupage or
whatever else may inspire you. This is just one idea to get your
imagination going. Have fun with it.
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