Over the weekend, I posted on Instagram about a fun DIY project I was working on and I'm super excited to share it with you today! T and I are hosting our housewarming party this weekend and while we've made a lot of progress in crossing many big tasks off our list (like painting and buying furniture), I was eager to work on some of the little touches that would really make our apartment feel like home. I've always had a fascination with switch plates...kind of weird, I know, but I feel like they are an often overlooked part of home decor when they can actually be quite pretty and make a big impact! Unsatisfied with most of the options I found online, I set out to make my own.
First, I gathered my supplies. You'll need washi tape (I went with a gold and white theme, accented with pineapples), a screwdriver, your switch plates, and an X-acto knife.
Clean your switch plates and make sure they are thoroughly dried and free of any dust. Once you've decided on your pattern, begin layering the tape over the plate. Make sure you leave enough excess tape to fold around the sides so you can secure the edges on the back.
Using your X-acto knife, carefully trim out the light switch openings.
Make sure you also use the knife to cut out the screw holes.
Carefully screw your switch plate back on the wall, making sure not to twist too tightly (otherwise it might pull the tape).
And...now you're done! Step back and admire your handiwork.
I love seeing this cheerful plate when I make my coffee every morning...it's a big improvement over the chipped, vaguely beige plate that lies beneath the washi!
I love how the other plate looks next to my oven, especially since it's in good metallic company with my gold dot decals (which I'll be posting about soon!).
This was such an easy DIY project that no switch plate is safe from my crafting gaze...I'm ready to take on every switch plate in the apartment! Are there any other switch plate fans out there, or have you never really given them much thought before?