Light Switch Plate An Easy Way To Brighten A Room

By Jesse Akre

Take a look at that light switch plate by the doorway. Have you ever considered how it feels? It’s sitting there, on the wall, relatively ignored. It’s not the light switch plate’s fault. You haven’t even given it a chance, since it’s just a boring, plain piece of plastic.

That light switch plate looks around the room and sees the love you gave to the rest of this space. The walls were given a coat of paint to make them prettier. You may even have gone all out and added borders or wallpaper to really dress it up. The floor was given rugs and other accents to make it look nicer. The door even got a glass door knob and looks great. But, then there’s the light switch plate, plain white plastic, and unloved.

It’s time to give your light switch plate what it’s been begging for, a little love and attention.

While you could just go to the store and pick up a ready-made decorative light switch plate, why wouldn’t you want to show that long-neglected light switch plate that you really care for it and want to give it a new life.

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Making your own decorative light switch plate can also be a fun project.

First, you need to decide what you want on your light switch plate. One of the options are to cover it with dried flowers. Another option is to paint it yourself. Still another possibility is that you could use wallpaper, or other accent paper, to make your light switch plate match the rest of your room.

For all of these projects, you will need a few basic elements. Glue, paint, items you plan on attaching to the light switch plate and a water-proof sealer.

Painting – If you are going to paint your light switch plate as a piece of art, to add to the room, pull out the brushes and get to work. Once the paint has completely dried you can either finish the project or add to it. If you want to add a few touches, you can glue items to the top of your creation. Once it is all dried, make sure to use the water-proof sealer to protect it.

Covering – Using cloth or paper to cover a light switch plate is a project of precision. It may take a lot of little cuts and careful placement to get a smooth coverage of the cloth or paper. Make sure to glue it in place and once it dries, cover the whole creation with a water-proof sealer.

Decorating – If you like texture in your creations, add some to your light switch plate. From flowers to stickers, pictures, glitter and other items you think will make a fun addition to a light switch plate, glue them in place. Once the glue has dried and everything is where you want it, make sure to protect it with a water-proof sealer.

You may have noticed all these light switch plate decorating ideas end with a sealer. The reason for this is not only will it help your creation hold together better over time, but it will also make them easier to clean when grimy hands miss the switch but gunk up the light switch plate.

About the Author: Jesse Akre,author and owner of numerous home decor sites, offers online consumers his thoughts on purchasing indoor accessories such as decorative

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Effective Ways To Remove Rust From Stainless Steel

By John Schofield

For its durability, eye-catching appeal, and ability to resist stains and rust, stainless steel has been the metal of choice for kitchen utensils and instruments. They are demanded highly for their usefulness in the kitchen, and can often be quite costly. Despite all the known reasons, however, all metals can be subjected to some kind of wear and tear, especially when the outer coating has already worn off, and the rusting begins to appear on the surface of the metal. Rusts are more than just stains; they are unsightly, disease carrying and can significantly decrease the value of your metal. If you do not find a great solution for the stains, when they first come out, this can always give you bigger problems in the future.

Protecting your investment

As steel products always come at a high price, it is important for you to be able to protect your investment. You need to find an effective way to get rid of the rust on your grill; you need to find a great way to clear your sink of rust; you need to find a way to say goodbye to rust that has began to appear on small kitchen utensils such as knives, spoons and forks.

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Fortunately, there are countless ways to get rid of rust on different kinds of stainless steel products. Each method will differ, depending on the metal in question:

If you are trying to remove rust from smaller items, like a pocket knife, for instance, spraying all-purpose lubricant would be enough to solve the problem. A great all-purpose lubricant is WD40. You can easily spray lubricant on the surface of the metal and then wipe it with a paper towel to remove the residue. Almost every time, this method works to remove all or most of the rust particles.

Should there be any rust residue left, even after lubricant application, you can get find sandpaper (320 or 400 grit) and lightly sand the areas where rust still appears. In doing this method, you have to be quite careful, because scraping the surface too much could remove the protective covering on the surface, thus creating an even bigger problem for you.

Getting the rust off the kitchen sink follows an entirely different process. You will need to mix baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar, in proportions that would be enough to cover the whole surface. Combining all of these natural ingredients should result to some kind of paste material that you can spread all over the surface of the sink. You need to leave the material on the surface for quite some time to allow the rust to dissolve. The use of natural ingredients is important because chemical products may leave toxic residues on the surface of the sink for a long time.

If you are tasked to remove rust on any stainless appliances at home, you can start doing this task by dipping a toothbrush on baking soda and then lightly rubbing the brush back and forth on the surface of the stain. You should aim to do this quite lightly, so as not to etch the surface. After which, you can get a paper towel to dry it thoroughly.

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