A touch of whimsy is the perfect accent for any beach home. Since I recently added some Seaglass Blue walls to our home, I thought it would be fun to add some beachy switch plate covers to incorporate the color here and there.
I decided to make my own so I dug through some old boxes for postcards or something that I could use and found a pack of 5″ x 7″art cards from IKEA which featured watercolor sailboats – PERFECT! The IKEA art cards were easily turned into beautiful light switch covers…it only took me 45 minutes to complete these four ~ here’s how I did it.
|Switch Plates photographed while the varnish dried…|
- Measure and cut your artwork to size.
- Carefully use your fingernail to separate & pull the backing paper off of the art card/postcard.
- Using a brush, cover the light switch cover with a thin and even layer of tacky glue.
- Lay artwork gently onto tacky glue and carefully smooth with fingers.
- Use an X-acto knife to cut an X in the switch openings, fold paper to back of plate (use a bit of glue to hold paper in its place)
- A sharpened pencil works perfectly for gently poking through the screw holes.
- Let dry & then brush with several coats of your favorite interior varnish.
- Paint the screw heads with a coordinating paint color to blend into design.
- Install & enjoy!
Get creative by using postcards, pictures from magazines, greeting cards, sheet music or anything your imagination can think of AND the most important thing of all…have FUN!!
|Completed project . . .We love the new look!!|