I couldn’t just stop at woodburning geometric wood wall art. You guys know me better than that! I had to keep on going. Well, updating your home on a budget can definitely be a challenge. Sometimes the slightest little changes can make a big impact though. One of those slight big impact changes are light switch covers. I really dislike old light switch cover plates and we had three left in our living room that bothered me immensely. So when I was woodburning the wall art a couple of weeks ago, I had the idea of making DIY light switch covers to finally make those cover plates prettier and so they would match the rest of our home.
I don’t mind that we have more modern covers in the rest of our home. I like mixing and matching just as I do with metals and other finishes.
Boho DIY light switch covers
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- unfinished wood light switch cover plate
- woodburning pattern (download mine HERE or doodle your own)
- wood burning kit/tool ( I have this one HERE)
- carbon paper for transferring pattern
- screwdriver to hang plate
- varnish and sponge brush optional (I used polycrylic)
- respirator masks to protect from burning fumes (optional, I guess you can use a scarf or a bandana as well)
Instructions for boho wooden DIY light switch covers
I have added lots of boho home decor details over the past couple of years and it can even be added with simple home hardware like light switch cover plates. To me, it’s all in the little details.
Below you can see what the old light switch cover looked like before. I mean most of us in older homes have them, right?
And here are the cheap unfinished wood light switch covers I bought.
The slightly angled tip pictured below is my favorite for burning lines and was used for the majority of the switch cover. Except for the dots which I used a round pointy tip for.
One day at my work, I doodled some patterns for the wooden switch plate. I tried a couple of times and the below version is what ended up being my favorite. If you like it then you can download my pattern HERE. A new window will open with a PDF that you can save to your desktop so you can print it.
Cut a piece of transfer paper to fit the light switch cover. It’s a lot easier to tape it that way.
Cut your pattern to the right size to fit the cover.
Then tape the trimmed paper with the pattern to the transfer paper covered light switch plate.
Watch my video tutorial below for all the wood-burning details!
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To finish the plates you can add the polycrylic to protect the switch covers from dirty hands as I did with a sponge brush
The finished wooden DIY light switch cover
The following photos are a little photoshopped for full disclosure just to show you how nice the switch looks with the rest of the decor. You can see the actual white modern light switch cover plate to the right.
And in the below photo I moved the new switch over a bit so you could see. I love it!
Here is the switch next to the TV over the blue faux grasscloth Ikea Besta dresser.
This darn switch by the TV is driving me crazy because I don’t know what it controls. I know that usually, those types of switches should be related to the closest outlet, so you can turn something off and on that is plugged in. Our switch doesn’t control the below outlet and we even had an electrician already look at it. He couldn’t figure it out either. So odd!
It looks so much better than the ugly dirty old switch cover.
While being stuck at home I went through some more things in my stash and decided to add all my shells from my seashell collection. Hey, the beach makes me happy! I have so many and it’s all free.
The black New Jersey seashells are my favorites and I adore the snail shells too.
I also had a very lucky day of finding a ton of sand dollars one day at the shore and I had them stashed in a closed container. They are so fragile and difficult to display so putting them in a glass lid covered box was a perfect solution.
Check out my other boho DIY projects
How are you all doing? I hope hanging in there?!?! It just all appears so crazy and surreal, doesn’t it? I’d love to hear from you to see what has helped you stay sane or if you haven’t been able to stay sane.