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DIY Light Switch Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

A few weeks ago I showed you some of the updates I have been making in my kitchen as of late. The most recent project being the cabinet and countertop transformations! I couldn’t be happier with how that project turned out. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really do need to check it out HERE. As often happens with home improvement projects, one thing has led to another around here. It all started with tile to replace the tired, worn out laminate flooring, which then led to the cabinets, then the countertops, and this last week we finally got around to painting!

silver sage

I found this gorgeous Restoration Hardware color called Silver Sage that Home Depot was able to reproduced using their Behr paint. Once again, I have been thrilled with the outcome. It’s the perfect shade of pale silvery sage green.

DIY Wall Plates

As luck (or kismet) would have it, before the paint was even dry I was contacted by Legrand which makes a beautiful line of light switches and wall plates called adorne. They asked me if I would be interested in installing a few of their switches and then doing some DIY on the wall plates.  They didn’t have to ask me twice! Suddenly my OLD switches and wall plates were looking a little shabby. (Funny, I  never noticed that until we repainted. Like I said…one thing leads to another!)

For the few days it took for the switches and wall plates to arrive I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a creative way to use the adorne customizable wall plates. I didn’t want anything too “flashy”, but I didn’t want “boring” either. As I obsessed over it while pulling a few weeds in my flower beds, it came to me! Flowers are always the answer. :-)

DIY Wall Plates

I decided to revisit my handmade paper-making project that I did back in February and use THAT for the wall plates.

For the FULL TUTORIAL please CLICK HERE. For today I will give a Reader’s Digest version just to refresh your memories.

Like I said when I first did this…you will be amazed at how EASY it is to make your own homemade paper.

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

Step One: Shred some paper (great recycling opportunity!) and throw it in your blender with some hot tap water. Let soak for 5 or 10 minutes and then pulse it to a pulp. A paper pulp!

DIY Wall Plates

Step Two: Fill a wide shallow pan with a couple of inches of water and add the paper slurry to it.

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

Step Three: Pluck a few flowers from your garden and chop them up into tiny pieces and sprinkle them into the paper slurry mixture. Stir until evenly distributed.

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

Step Four: Take a splatter guard (the cheap ones you can buy at the grocery store), submerge it in the paper pulp mix and then slowly lift it up out of the mix, holding it as level as you can. Once it’s evenly covered, place the screen onto a dry dish towel and cover it with another screen splatter guard. Then press a dry towel or sponge to it until most of the moisture it removed.

DIY Wall Plates

All to dry then peel paper off the screen and proceed to customize your wall plates with it!

switches

For the kitchen, I chose to replace our old toggle switch with a sofTap switch. You can choose from a whole host of other switches like motion sensor switches, whisper switches, dimmers, remotely-controlled smart switches…pretty much anything you can think of. I love the clean look of the sofTap and the fact that it has a tiny light that stays illuminated in the center even when the lights are turned off is very helpful when you’re fumbling around in the dark like I often do.

wall plates

The options for the wall plates are equally impressive! They’ve got every color you can imagine or you can go glossy modern, mirrored, metallic, leather, or the customizable plate that I used. This option comes with a template that you can use for any art project you want to create.

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

DIY Wall Plates

Just trace the template onto whatever art you choose/create, cut it out, remove the sticker on the wall plate to expose the adhesive, and then place your paper. This step-by-step video was also very helpful!

DIY Wall Plates

As a final step I sealed the paper with 3 light coats of mod podge.  That stuff is awesome.

DIY Wall Plates

Now my wall plate aren’t just LOVELY, but very durable as well.  They should hold up just fine even in this high traffic area! Think you’re up to making one yourself?  Sure you are!  Like I always say….if *I* can do it…ANYONE can. :-)

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes which will make the largest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • […] …………AND switching out our tired old light switches for these beautiful ones from the adorne® Collection by Legrand. The folks at Legrand were nice enough to send me these amazing sofTap switches that came with customizable plates that I proceeded to decorate using handmade paper. You can read all about THAT project by CLICKING HERE. […]

  • So simple and yet such a subtle or if needed “WOW” change with these great light switch plates. My son has been remodeling my house, (I live in with my hubby in his home) and doing a fabulous job!! This is a great way to add a pop of color in any room. Love it!

  • Love, love the beautiful Legrand switch plate covers. Lovely way to update your home!! We just spent lots of time painting our home’s interior only to put back our old ugly switch plate covers. They look really dated now. This would be such a great way to update! Pick me!!

  • I like this ALMOST as much as I like the switchplate cover that I cross stitched for my boys’ room when they were little Glow in the Dark thread…DINOSAURS!

  • I’d start in the kitchen. We need new switches and wall plates in there. Of course, I’d put it all over my house anyways. I’m sure it would look way better than the switches and wall plates that we have in our small modular home.

  • Great switchplates!! Does the mod podge keep the flowers from losing their colors over time? I wondered about this when you posted your original homemade paper post too. I love the look but would be so sad if the flower colors faded. :(

  • I would love to do this to my kids room. We are getting ready to paint the shared room lime green and hot pink with black accents. This would be a cute idea for them.

  • Just walked thru box home repair and looked at switches, thinking “WOW, I need to update my house from the toggle switches!” Would be such a nice refresher to my 50 year old ranch! I am fixing to start inventory of what I need!

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