DIY: Easy, Colorful Switch Plate Covers
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These days nail polish is better than ever. T he color spectrum is wider than any wall paints out there, finishes range from flat matte to enameled gloss, and m any 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 Simple white switch plate covers, like Leviton's Decora Wallplate ($0.65 each) and Device Switch Wallplate ($0.53 each) from Amazon. A base polish for priming the switch cover: I used RGB's Base , a Formaldehyde-, Toluene-, and DBP-free polish for $18 at RGB. Colored nail polish in a high gloss or matte finish, plus a nail polish base: I used Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($17) and Marc Jacobs High-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18), both from Sephora. A 1/2 Inch Paintbrush ($3.14 for a set of three brushes at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff) or 1 Inch Foam Paintbrush ($0.88 each at MSC Direct)—or ,if you're a skilled manicurist, use the nail polish brush. 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. 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 Above: The pink switch plate cover is finished in a thick, but rather matte, finish of Illamasqua's Monogomous . 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.