Up in the studio (and throughout the whole house, actually), the outlets, light switches and wall plates are almond colored. I’m assuming this almond color was the standard back in 1992 when the house was built. Not a huge deal except that they look pretty grimy next to all of the white walls.
So on our very lengthy list of house projects is the tedious task of switching out not just the plate covers, but changing the actual outlets and light switches to white throughout the house.
Up in the studio, the outlets/switches/plates are also the almond color and they really do stand out against the walls.
The light switch in the above photo is the goofiest of all because in order to trim the window, we had to notch it out to fit the plate. Since it is right at my eye-level while I’m working, it’s been one of those things that I felt motivated to find a solution to.
Replacing all of the outlets/switches/plates in the studio falls very, very low on the project-totem-pole so an in-between fix was in order.
My answer: decoupage.
I did this same project five years ago in our old house. The issue then was that I had just painted the walls a dark color and the white plates stood out too much. Covering the plates with a pretty scrapbook paper was the prefect solution.
In this case, my goal was to make the plates look meaningful (and hopefully camouflage the almond-toned outlets and switches in the meantime).
This project is truly simple, fairly fool-proof and requires only a few dollars worth of materials.
Here’s how to decoupage outlet and light switch covers:
A few notes:
- No need to buy new wall plates – just take them off your wall and reuse them.
- I prefer matte Mod Podge for this project so that you don’t get a glossy finish.
- As for paper, the possibilities are endless. In our last house I used thick scrapbook paper. For the studio, I’m using a sample of the most gorgeous wallpaper. Whatever you choose, go for something on the thicker side to reduce the puckering that can happen with thin paper.
- I am not decoupaging the front of the paper for these outlets, but I did in our old house. It just depends on how durable you’re wanting them to be.
Okay, let’s get to it.
Cut out a piece of your selected paper approximately 1/2″ larger on all sides than your plate.
Coat the front with Mod Podge, flip it over and press to the center of the paper.
Cut a notch in each corner.
Brush on glue and fold around edges.
If your paper doesn’t hold down, use a small clip to keep it in place while it dries.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, remove the clips and continue on (this only takes a few minutes).
Poke a hole in the center of the opening, then make several cuts around the circle.
Brush on decoupage medium to paper, fold and press firmly to hold. Again, these little clips come in handy to hold it all in place as it dries.
After a few minutes, grab your cover, screw it in place, step back and admire your work.
Now I no longer cringe at the dingy looking outlets! The paper adds a subtle visual interest that looks purposeful.
The outlets are still clearly off-white, but look less out of place with the addition of the wallpaper.
And now I don’t mind looking at that goofy light switch anymore because it is covered in my favorite paper.