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The Beat Goes On

The purple Van Gogh tile was in a bag with a favorite iridescent tile, a vintage ballerina and a couple of switch plate covers. Inspired me to start gluing again but not grouting.

Light Switch Cover

light-switch-cover-mosaic-tile“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”  ― Oscar Wilde 🙂

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Happy Someday.

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DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers

Custom Switch Plate Cover Creating a mosaic tile switch plate cover @ tilegypsy.com

DIY Light Switch Covers:

  • Start with a HARD plastic light switch cover … found at home improvement and hardware stores. If the plastic is bendy … pass.
  • You can use wood and metal light switch covers too. Makes no never mind. 😉
  • Coat the light switch cover with Weldbond adhesive and let dry. You don’t have to coat the switch plate but … it really helps things stick better.
  • Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening with Weldbond.
  • Then glue from the outside in to establish how much room I have left to work with.
  • Continue to glue the rest of your design and let the glue set up for 30 minutes.
  • Then glue color fast beads or ball chain around the outside of the light switch cover. Let dry for a minimum of 24 hours before grouting.
  • Cover delicate items (jewels etc) with painter’s tape.
  • Confident that the light switch cover is completely dry mix sanded grout (color of choice) with a liquid grout additive, instead of water, for more flexibility, to an oatmeal consistency.
  • Put on gloves … Grout On – I know it’s a weird feeling covering it with mud – keep going filling and smoothing all the nooks and crannies – pause – smooth – pause – 😉 and Grout Off with a slightly damp sponge. Rinse and repeat until clean and smooth. Remove tape from delicates and finish gently cleaning and smoothing until shiny and free from grout residue. Let dry overnight. Shine a bit more and gently install.
Custom switchplate covers sold. Custom Mosaic Tile Switch Plate Covers • middle and right piece are sold.

MATERIALS:

  • Switch plate covers of your choice. Plastic, wood or metal
  • Weldbond Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Wheeled Nipper & Sm Hammer
  • Bits and pieces of ceramic tile, china, jewels etc.
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Q Tips
  • Paper Towel
  • Sponge
  • Sm Bucket of Water
  • Disposable container to mix Grout
  • Sanded Grout, Grout Additive and Grout Sealer
  • Longer Screws, if needed
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