One of my pet-peeves are poorly placed light switches. You would think that since we built our house, that all of our switches would be perfectly placed for function and eye-pleasing-ness. You would be wrong.
I think part of the problem is that until you live in a house, you don’t know which way you’re going to instinctively reach to turn on a light. Although there are some things that defy explanation…like the light switch that is a full 5 feet into the room rather than at the entrance.
Some of you commented on the light switch that is smack-dab in the middle of my kid’s artwork gallery wall. That poorly placed switch is the primary reason it took me so darned long to tackle that project. From the builder’s perspective, I suppose it made sense. He was trying to make it accessible to both bedrooms, but it’s so awkward right there in the not-quite-middle of the wall.
I couldn’t really hide it behind something because the kid’s really do need to be able to reach it without fumbling behind something. Then one day, the answer hit me and I decided to just incorporate it into my gallery design.
I decoupaged a map of the city where we live right onto the switch plate and framed the whole thing so it’s just another part of the gallery wall. Yes, I used an actual page from our atlas. The one we use when we travel. No GPS here. We’re totally 19th century. But, I figured I was safe since we don’t need the map of our home city, right? Don’t tell my hubby, m’kay?
The whole project took about 5 minutes. After you cut out your paper, just brush a coat of Mod Podge on the back side. Then position it over the front of your switch plate and wrap the edges of the paper around the sides.
Give the corners a little trim and cut out the hole for the actual switch.
A couple of coats of Mod Podge on the top and you’re done!
I like how the switch blends right in with all the artwork, but it’s still accessible in the middle of the night.
Do you have any poorly placed light switches that make you crazy?