I researched a bunch of light switch covers, light switch DIYs, and light switch decorations. There's a lot out there: paint, washi tape, decoupage. But nothing really caught my eye. So I decided to make my own wooden cover. Really put our woodworking skills to the test.
This is a project that's A LOT easier with a mortising machine, but it can totally be done without one, so don't give up if you're interested in making one for yourself. Click Read More below to view all of the steps and whip one up for yourself.
Using a flat head screwdriver remove the two screws that hold the plate in place.
We found a piece of cherry that was about the thickness we wanted (about 1/4"). It was big enough to make four covers, so that's what we did (one broke during the process).
If you end up in the same sitch, divide the wood into four equal parts that are at least as big as the cover you just removed. It's OK if they're bigger than the original light switch plate.
Using a table saw cut the wood into 4 (approximately equal) pieces. You could also use a handsaw, but it would be tricky.
Use an awl to mark the screw holes and a pencil to trace the switch rectangle.
Use a mortising machine to cut out the switch rectangle you traced above. Look we have a video for this part! If you don't have a mortising machine, drill it out with a hand drill and then chisel the edges.
Yep. Drill out the screw holes. Then use a countersink bit to make a spot for the screw to rest in so it doesn't awkwardly stick out.
Using a random orbit sander (or sand paper) sand the face and sides so they're flat and pretty.
The mortising machine will leave the hole a little jagged and uneven. Clean it up with a hand chisel.
Sand this hole as well as the screw holes by hand to really smooth down all of the parts.
When we mounted the switch we realized it didn't quite fit because the electrical piece in the wall wasn't flat. To accommodate, we chiseled out the switch back and made holes (with a drill) at the top and bottom. Your switch might be different, this is just a reminder that it won't be flush until the back is carved up.
Clean the switch cover off with mineral spirits or alcohol. Apply several (I did four) coats of Arm-R-Seal or your preferred topcoat.