Camps feel like a uniquely Maine thing. I know cottages, chalets, cabins and other getaway spots essentially amount to the same thing but in Maine we call them camps. As soon as you say camp, it brings up visions of a ramshackled home built in a slightly haphazard way over several generations. People used whatever materials they had on hand for upgrades and repairs so nothing really matches. It’s a mess but in a beautiful way.
That was what our home in Maine looked like when we first bought it. It was our camp on the lake. The smaller, original cottage had been added to over the years without any real sense of design or cohesiveness. What was once likely an outside porch along the lakeside of the house had been enclosed obscuring views of the lake from the main part of the home. The narrow, awkward stair case in the middle of the house didn’t help. The whole camp was covered in vinyl siding and a series of long forgotten satellite dishes dotted the roof.
The attached deck had a bench seat along the outer edge. While great in theory and convenient at times, it left a large gap underneath that clearly was not up to code. The first thing my father did after we moved into the house was add a wooden barrier along the bottom of the bench so his young granddaughters would not fall to their death.
It was a wreck but it was ours and it was on a lake. We didn’t have much extra cash in those days so most of our improvements were cosmetic and superficial. We worked with what we had. A few coats of paint, a faux granite counter and an embellishment here or there were enough in the beginning. It became our favorite place to spend our time.
One easy upgrade we made back in those days was to the light switch covers. I had plenty of scrapbook paper and a seemingly endless supply of mod podge decoupage glue, so I went through a phase where I decoupaged almost every light switch cover in sight with coordinating patterned paper. It was fun and easy and really brightened things up.
When we renovated the space years later turning it into our forever home the light switches disappeared and we were back to inexpensive white plastic ones bought in bulk. We had so many other projects happening at that time that it really didn’t bother me.
But, the time was right to revisit this super easy project. It wasn’t something I planned to do for every room but a few visible light switch covers would do the trick. We had recently remodeled our downstairs bathroom so I decided to start there using a striped paper that coordinated well with the wall color. You thought I would have shied away from stripes after my experience making my French Cushion but fortunately this one had no pattern matching.
That light switch cover came out great so I started working my way around the light switch covers on the first floor of my house.
This is a really low stress project. If you mess up, you can start again for $1.29. I’ve used scrapbook paper for this project, but fabric, tissue paper and other textiles work well too.
The slide show below provides step by step instructions on covering a light switch cover with decorative paper using decoupage medium.
I covered six light switch covers and was happy with how they all came out. I might have to move onto the second floor next.
This is a fairly easy project that really transforms something so basic into something beautiful. My familly commented on how much they liked them. They really stand out.
Have you ever done a small project that had a big impact?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2021. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Craft Projects for my Home. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.