After living in rentals for the past six years, we thought we’d put together a few tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way in hopes of helping out any fellow renters and start out with our first series of the year (mark that one down on the goals for 2014 check list!).
There are so many amazing solutions out there to maximize space that we didn’t want to touch that (because we can’t touch that do-do-dododo-do) but we wanted to share a few tips on how to make the space “yours” or how to transform any plain jane space into a masterpiece. This weeks tip is…
If you can remove it with a screwdriver, you can change it!
This applies to so many different things that we thought we’d break it down piece by piece and share each week : ) This week we decided to tackle our ugly light switch covers.
Yes, they’re yellow. Yes, they are numbered to coordinate them with the electrical box (why this wasn’t done on the back of them I’ll never know.) We like having our outlet covers blend in with the walls, but why not have a bit of fun with the switch plates and spruce them up a bit?
If you have the budget, there are so many fun options out there. From wood covers and metallic colors at hardware stores, custom creations at craft fairs, gorgeous vintage covers and of course some inexpensive DIY versions, you can really add your own touch of flair to the space!
We decided to go the DIY route so that we had something to share, so we started with these two white plastic covers purchased for a whopping $0.37 each.
Since we wanted them to stand out as more rather than blend in, we started out with priming and painting one cover and it’s screws in Behr’s Wipeout (from our ironing board table makeover). After that, a few crisscrosses were added in a green and silver (also from leftover pots of test paints) with a small craft brush, and once that was dry a layer of poly was added for protection.
The second cover got a few light coats of spray paint using Valspars Indigo Blue in gloss, and a decorative white trim added with latex paint. This one also got a coat of poly and we left both to dry overnight.
We whipped out our screw driver and in less than a minute had the old one off, and the new one attached!
We thought it was a fun way to add a little personality to the space, and rid the walls of the yellow-labled-mess covers : )
Just remember to keep the old plates around and label them so you can replace your creations before you move out!
What do you think? Would you consider replacing a few light switch covers in your rental? Which one is your favorite? We’re really really loving the bronze tone and Etsy ones but we’re happy with our $0.37 version as well : )
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