When I moved three years ago, the bedroom I planned to use as an office featured a nautical-themed switchplate cover. The long, tall lighthouse was cute, but unfortunately, my office décor was Jungle Cat Gold, not Seashore Blue. So I whipped out a screwdriver, took down the lighthouse, and popped on a brass switchplate more in keeping with my decorating theme.
It didn’t fit.
Due to some contractor’s error, the hole was too large for a regular switchplate. Since oversized covers are two to three times the price of regular ones, and I am a Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister, I looked for an inexpensive solution.
Using a piece of thin but sturdy cardboard, I cut a frame to fit around the hole in the wall. I made the frame’s opening as large as possible while making sure the hole would be entirely covered by the switchplate in front of the frame. Then I covered the frame with leopard-print craft paper I’d been saving for some worthy project. I glued the edges to the back of the cardboard and smoothed clear plastic contact paper over every inch of exposed paper.
The result blends well with the other savage-style accents and jungle-cat pictures in my office. In fact, it makes me smile every time I flip the light on or off.
I guess I should be grateful to that clumsy contractor.
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Written by Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana
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