Tuesday, April 5, 2016

{DIY} Custom Light Switch Cover

If you have been reading for a while then you know that I've been slowly turning Ellie's nursery into her "big girl room". I wanted to go with a simple grey and floral theme. 

You can check out my inspiration post here and also my Pinterest board



One thing that I was totally drawn to was this floria light switch cover. But that price tag!! I knew that I could come up with something much more cost effective and I did - FREE!!! 

I had all the supplies on hand and seriously this project could not have been any easier!!

Here is what you need:

Paint brush
Scrapbook paper
Light switch plate
pen/pencil
scissors 



Here is what you do:

First - flip your scrap book paper over and trace the outside of you switch plate. *trace it a little bigger



Second - using your paper cutter, cut out your rectangle.  I cut mine a little larger than what I traced to make sure it would wrap around. 


Third - get some Mod Podge on your paint brush and paint a thin layer on the front of your switch plate.


Fourth - once you've got a thin layer place your scrapbook paper face side up on top. Use your fingers to smooth out any bubbles.  Let dry for about 15 minutes.


Fifth - after about 15 minutes of drying time use your scissors to cut a slit in each of the corners so that the paper can wrap around the edge.


Sixth - using more Mod Podge to glue the paper around the edges.  Press and smooth with your fingers and let dry for another 15 minutes.



Seventh - after about 15 minutes of drying time use your paint brush and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the scapbook cover and try to smooth out any bubbles with the paint brush or your fingers.  Let dry for about 30 minutes and then apply another coat. Rinse and Repeat at least one more time.


Eighth - once the scrapbook paper is dry, flip the plate over and use a sharp knife (craft knife) cut a slit for the light toggle.  Using your fingers press and wrap the paper to go along the light toggle hole.  Then paint one last layer of Mod Podge over the front and edges and let dry for another 30 minutes (or more).



Ninth - When the cover is dry put the cover back on.  I just used the little screws to poke the holes in where they needed to go and that worked just fine.  


   ViolĂ  !! You have your very own custom light switch cover!!

This was super easy and I loved that I already had everything on hand.  The scrapbook paper was left over from when I made Ellie's first birthday invitations...which also happens to be the same paper I used on her paper garland that goes with her poms above her bed, and I used it as the backing/matting for one of the pieces of artwork in her room.  I also loved repurposing the old cover I was just going to toss anyways!!

♥ Ashley

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9 comments:

  1. Great idea, I love the floral paper you picked!

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  2. Super cute and seems super easy, too!

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  3. What a great idea!! I have been paired with you for the Mother's Day exchange!! I've sent you a couple of emails, but I'm not sure you got them? Just wanted to check! Have a great day!!

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  4. What a cute and easy idea! Love it Ashley, thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is adorable! And I love how simple it is!

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  6. What a great idea! I really want dog wallpaper in our guest bathroom. This would be cute to do with that wallpaper!

    Lura.

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  7. Such a great idea! I love how it looks. :)

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♥ Ashley