Title RW

This project feels like it took me forever, but I think that’s mostly because I had the idea rolling around in my head for well over a month before I ever even began.  Once I started though, it was fairly fast and easy and came out just as I’d hoped it would.

One thing I have always been picky about in home decor is light switch covers.  I do not do the cheap, generic covers.  Ever.  Not even in rental apartments.  Yup, I’m that crazy.  I purchased several wood light switch covers for my very first solo apartment years and years ago and swapped them in while I was renting.  Naturally I swapped them out when I left and I’ve had them ever since.  I have a box stored in the garage with random home related odds and ends that could eventually become something cool and that’s where I found the old apartment light switch cover tucked away, just waiting for new life.

I’ve been working on completing the nursery for Baby Number Two and I knew I wanted something special for the light switch cover.  I checked out Etsy first for unique one-of-a-kind pieces but nothing jumped out at me so I decided to make my own.  I quickly decided to match the art work I’ve been framing for the walls.  You can check out this post I wrote a few months back if you want more info on the artist, but here’s a snap of the art I chose to mimic.

Frame RW

Here’s a breakdown of how this project went down.

Switch 9 up

Ya know, so you can make your own.  I have a few pregnant friends out there reading this who just might want to give this project a go!  And of course, this same technique can be used for any room really, I just think the whimsical look is well suited for a child’s room.

One –  Admire the light switch cover you had in your first solo apartment that you just re-found in a box in your garage.

Two –  Give it a light sanding.

Three –  Trace the art you want to match using transparency paper.

Four –  Locate some carbon paper or make your own for free with a charcoal pencil.

Five –  Cut out your tracing and your carbon paper and tape it to your light switch cover.

Six –  Trace over your tracing with a pen.  Push hard.

Seven –  Remove your tracing and your carbon paper and admire your handiwork.

Eight –  Go over your traced lines with a wood burning tool using the thinnest point.

Nine –  Go over your wood burned lines with a black sharpie.

Light Switch RW

Lastly, paint in between the lines with acrylic paint, allow to dry completely and finish with several light coats of sealer.

I love the depth and texture the wood burning tool created and I love that you can match the colors and design to your existing art.

I already had everything I needed on hand, but if you’re starting from scratch here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need.

SUPPLIES

wooden light switch cover (these can be bought natural so no sanding would be required)

transparency paper (I used a cheap plastic page protector)

carbon paper (store bought or homemade)

a pen (who doesn’t have one of these??)

wood burning tool (like this one)

black Sharpie

acrylic paint

paintbrush

sealer

That’s it!  Now go forth and reevaluate your light switch covers people!!!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Quick, look around.  What kind of light switch cover is in the room you are currently in?

7 Comments

  1. That turned out really cute! Nicely done! We have brushed nickel light switch covers in this room (though a lot of our rooms have brushed nickel, they’re all a bit different).

  2. That is so cute! You’re not going to like the answer for the switch covers here…but I can say they go with the rest of the room. 😉 I like your fox theme.

  3. I am SO not a detail person apparently. I never notice light switch covers, although I’d obv notice your super cute one! Once my husband told me I chose ugly Kleenex boxes when I bought them. I posted to FB asking who the he k even notices a Kleenex box, and a bunch of people showed me their reusable covers. Oh well. At least you know I’ll never be the one judging your Kleenex box!

    • Um. I also just use whatever the Kleenex comes in. Sometimes I try to pick a box to better match a room. But that’s rare. 🙂

    • I’m not into reusable kleenex covers although I did bat around the idea of making a tiled one from the leftover floor tile when we lived at our last house. Never happened. Probably never will. I do try to match the box with the room though, not that it matters much because they all kinda look the same :/