DIY: Easy, Colorful Switch Plate Covers by

Issue 6 · Love in the Afternoon · February 10, 2014

DIY: Easy, Colorful Switch Plate Covers

Issue 6 · Love in the Afternoon · February 10, 2014

These days nail polish is better than ever. The color spectrum is wider than any wall paints out there, finishes range from flat matte to enameled gloss, and many are formaldehyde- and toluene-free. (I also have a secret desire to be a nail polish color namer on the side.) All are some of the reasons I chose to borrow from the beauty cabinet to recreate a set of colored switch plate covers I had seen before. Here's the low cost and almost effortless way to turn on the brights:

Materials 

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

Above: If you're painting more than a few covers, be prepared with a backup bottle of polish: each cover requires about four to five coats.

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

Above: As you might do when painting your nails, apply a primer of nail polish base to get an even surface. Then paint the cover in a light coat of color, allowing it to dry fully between each coat.

Finished Project 

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

Above: The pink switch plate cover is finished in a thick, but rather matte, finish of Illamasqua's Monogomous.

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

DIY Nail Polish Painted Switchplate Covers | Remodelista

Above: The yellow switch plate—set against a full gloss white wall in the bath—is Marc Jacob's Lux, a chartreuse yellow in the glossiest finish I've seen.

Shopping for colorless switch plates? Shop our previous post, 10 Easy Pieces: Switch Plate Covers. Also have a look at The World's Most Beautiful Light Switches, by way of France and Sensor Light Switches with an automatic on and off function.



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