Washi Tape Light Switch Cover

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Update - see the results of this project

Our bedroom (bedroom #1 on floor plan) was a menagerie of colour when we moved in - orange and various shades of cream and taupe.  Once we painted all the walls and ceiling in one colour (Benjamin Moore - Portland Gray), we realized the trim was seriously yellow/cream. Painting out all the trim in Benjamin Moore Decorator's White brightened the whole room and just made it look crisp.

There is a funny little light switch in this bedroom; I'm not sure if it's even legal anymore. So when the previous owners painted their yellow trim, they also painted the light plate cover.  It's so weird, because it's painted from the inside of the plate. If you are wondering how the plate is attached to the wall, it kind of just pops on and off the clips near the button.

I probably could have just painted the same Decorator's White over the top of the plate, but it's super glossy plastic and I wasn't sure if it would stick.  Until we get an electrician in to switch the switch, here is my temporary solution to the yellow light switch plate - Washi Tape!

I picked up this cute ikat inspired washi tape from Michael's and basically taped over the plate cover and switch nubby.

I overlapped the tape slightly to match up the pattern. And I also matched up the pattern for the button.

A super simple project and temporary solution to an ugly looking light switch plate!  I think it works!

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