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Decorative Light Switch Covers

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Here's a step-by-step, EASY guide to customizing your light switch covers and adding a little color around the house.  It's low maintenance and definitely fun to do! Just select a few favorite images from a magazine or cut out some shapes (like I did for this demo) and you can make  an ordinary light switch cover look like a piece of art.

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Step 1: Materials List

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- 1 light switch cover
- sand paper (~120 grit)
- gesso or primer
- acrylic paint (your choice of color)
- collage image
- glue
- a couple of paint brushes
- palette
- shellac or clear varnish
- latex gloves

Step 2: Step 1

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Lightly sand your light switch cover until the glossy coating is gone.

Step 3: Step 2

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Coat the cover in one layer of gesso (this works better than two layers).  Let dry.

Step 4: Step 3

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Choose which colors you like from your acrylic paints and begin painting.  Multiple layers are fine but be sure to let the paint dry in between multiple coats.

Step 5: Step 4

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Take your collage image and glue into place. A small, clean paint brush is useful in applying the glue.

Step 6: Step 5

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Coat in a layer of clear shellac and let dry. Make sure you wear gloves.

Step 7: Finished!

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And now you have your own customized light switch cover!
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