May 29, 2008

The quick way to cover a light switch plate

(My post from Outta This Funk)

I've covered a few light switch plates in my time, (you may have seen mention and a photo in an earlier post) but there is an even easier way than Mod-Podge. Yep, I'm calling Mod-Podge the hard way because it requires a brush and waiting for layers to dry.

I took my plain white light switch plate off the wall and sprayed the front of it with adhesive.
Then I placed it face down onto patterned paper.

I clipped the paper at the corners and encouraged it to wrap around the plate, sticking to my sprayed edges. This corner is near enough cut in a square, allowing the piece to cover the corner to be separate from the sides.

Then I clipped the excess that stood proud from the edge of the plate on just the corner piece.
Then I used packing tape to attach the folded sides over to the back of the plate. Packing tape is stronger than scotch tape. (although my packing tape is scotch brand :)

Then I used a craft knife to cut an X through the middle.

And I taped the tiny triangles to the back of the plate.

Then I took it outside and gave it a couple layers of acrylic spray finish. Waiting between each layer for the recommended few minutes.

Then I used a retracted ball point pen to lightly push the paper into the screw holes without breaking the paper. And I put it back up!! The whole thing took me about 40 minutes, and that's waiting for the layers of finish to dry. It was sure a lot quicker than trying to get a smooth finish with Mod-Podge. (Which by the way is very handy to have around!!!)

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~EssenseVibez~ said...

great idea!...since i'm going to paint my librry here at the school, i should go ahead and redo the light plates as well...oh well, i'm gonna have to show pics when i'm finished!..
remain blessed!!

ulrika_m said...

This is so beautiful and such a good diea! I will have to do this on all my light switches! :)

Jeanne Ann said...

That is certainly easier than the way I have "tried" it in the past. It will make doing them for my DD's room fun!

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

Love, Love, Love this idea Nat! I just painted my living room and dining room and I was going to go buy some new plates, but now I'm gonna make the old ones fabulous with new covers!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial Nat...I'm Definitely going to make one for each bedroom!Anna D:)))

Anonymous said...

Love how quick and easy that looks! Jen N

Joke said...

Haha, what a great idea!

Alecia Castro said...

VERY COOL, thanks so much for sharing this!!!

Cameron said...

very cool!!

Nana said...

Muito lindo !
Very beautiful !!!