I’ve been needing new light switch plates in my house for a long time, but since they have to meet two strict standards to be considered – they have to be pretty and very cheap – covering all of my switches has been a long, slow process.  It’s pretty easy to find inexpensive plates for single switches, but when it came to the triple switch in my kitchen, I had a little more of a challenge.  Then one day I found a wooden triple switchplate at the Habitiat for Humanity ReStore for a quarter!  It had a beat-up, dark finish, but I liked the shape of it, and I really liked the price, so it came home with me.  Inspired by a vintage cast iron light switch plate, I gave it an embossed makeover.  Believe it or not, the dimensional designs on the surface were made using rubber stamps!  Head over to Decor Hacks to see how it was done.  [how to make a vintage-inspired light switch plate]

Project estimate:

  • Light switch plate, on hand or $1
  • Sandpaper, on hand or $1
  • Spray primer, on hand or $1 and up
  • Paint, on hand or $1
  • Rubber stamps, on hand
  • Pigment ink pad, on hand or about $3 and up
  • Embossing powder, on hand or about $2 and up
  • Heat gun or blow dryer, on hand

Total:  Free and up

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