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Light Switch Plate Makeover (A DIY Upgrade)

Are you searching for inexpensive DIY options to update the look of your home? Do you have yellowing or cracked switch plates that you’d like to replace? One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some interest to a room is simply changing out the switch plates. A set of new switch plates in bold colors or an embossed material is a great way to punch up a drab environment.

Matching switch plates, outlet plates, and device mounts can be found at your local hardware store or online destination in a variety of materials and price points. Much like changing out the hardware in a kitchen or bathroom, adding new switch plates can give rooms a subtle yet redefining face lift. If those plans for repainting the dining room have fallen behind schedule, changing out the switch plates can give the space an immediate update.

Maybe you are searching for a more creative “outlet?” Though there are myriad unique colors, patterns and designs of plates on the market, creating a distinctive plate of your own can be a fun and rewarding project. It also doesn’t take any electrical skill or design know-how to achieve a professional look. A uniquely-designed plate can add a pop of color or fun design element that can transform a room. Designing your own plates allows for a more artistic statement – or a truer accent to the color or design scheme of a wall or room.

We’ve compiled a list of creative options for inspiration:

Create a custom switch plate with a photo or printed image and some Modge Podge. Use:

*Old Maps

*Vintage Advertising

*Baby Photos

* Children’s Book Covers

*Newspaper Comics

*Old Maps

*Vintage advertising



Cover a light switch with a unique object or pieces of broken objects (collage). Using:

*A 45 record

*Sea Shells

*Broken Plates

*Old Buttons

*Doll Parts

*Pieces of Colored Tile



Cover a light switch plate with your favorite fabric or wrapping paper (decoupage) Use:

*An Old Shirt or Piece of Clothing

*Wrapping Paper Scraps

*Vintage Towels or Napkins



And while it’s easy to replace those plates, replacing old light switches, outlets and dimmers takes the skill of a professional. When you need some help with your next electrical need, let our experienced technicians help out with that defective light or involved remodel. Call us today at (713) 364-0226 for all of your electrical needs!

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