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provided by our guest DT Ursula
Washi Tape Switch Plate Cover
I recently moved a cabinet which had mostly covered up this ugly switch-plate cover in my kitchen. Before, I hadn’t noticed just how ugly it was, but now, it was the only thing on the wall. Ugh!
Not to worry, Washi tape can cure most such difficulties.
This is a quick and easy project and I happen to think that the results are stunning and oh so much fun!
Start by unscrewing your switch-plate from the wall. You may want to wash and dry it to get a nice clean surface for the tape to adhere to.
Once it is dry, simply start adding strips of tape. I covered the whole surface, then went back and added shorter pieces to give it a more random, urban style look. You can do this with lots of colors or keep it monochromatic, or even use only one tape, depending on your décor.
My house happens to literally have 8 different bright colors on the wall, Mexico style! So this random bright look works perfectly in my home.
Next, you need to trim out the tape that is in front of the switch holes. Simply flip the cover plate over, so it is resting on it’s tape side. Using an Exacto knife and a self-healing matt, cut away only the area of tape in front of those tiny windows.
When you turn it over, you can lift the edge of the cut out piece with the end of the Exacto knife. You may need to use the knife from the front to finish the cuts. Make sure you use a nice, sharp knife to do this so you don’t end up cutting into any more of your tape.
It should look like this:
Finally, shove the screws right through the tape from the top, you can start it with a piercing tool if you need to. Screw back into place and Voila!!!
This technique can be use on all of your switch-plates, including outlets if you like! Experiment with it and have fun!