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« on: January 05, 2008 07:08:07 AM »

My new kitchen (we bought a house! Woo!) is bright and full of Mexicany goodness. I got a small bundle of Latino print fabrics from a gal on Etsy, and covered our lightswitch plate with some:



I also wanted to spruce up our basement door, which is in the kitchen as well. I'd wanted to do mosaics somewhere in the kitchen, especially after seeing some really great ones online, but I didn't have the time or the materials. Plus, I worried the door would become too heavy with tons of grout on it! So I faked it, with paint:



I also whipped up a kitchen shrine ALA Crafty Chica:





Nerd's box flowers and glitter hot glue, ahoy!

And I made another lightswitch cover as a trial for the "good" one in the kitchen. I like it, but since it didn't match any of my decor I put it up on Etsy.



I totally recommend people trying this... all you have to do is cut a piece of fabric (nothing too thick) to a little bigger than the lightswitch plate, cover the plate with glue (I used tacky glue), and put the fabric on, smoothing out the wrinkles. Once it's dry, I used an Xacto knife to cut an "X" in the center of the hole for the switch, going from corner to corner. Then I folded the triangles made up to the underside of the plate, and glued them down. The edges were folded under, too, and when it was all dry I just stuck a large needle through the screw holes. Easy-peasy. Next I'm going to try an outlet cover, which'll be more tricky to cover the holes...
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008 07:17:45 AM »

omigod, that mosaic is paint!? amazing ^^ that must have taken forever, its so textured and pretty  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 07:19:03 AM »

Not too long, as I drew the sun out first, and filled that in... the blue went quick, 'cos there was no lines to follow, etc. Took about 3 days, on and off.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 07:22:21 AM »

i love the mosaic-paint idea. genius!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2008 07:23:31 AM »

Hey we have the same theme in our kitchen!  In ours I removed the kitchen cabniet dors and replaced them with oilcoth curtains.  I love crafty chica!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2008 07:24:00 AM »

Love it all! The shrine is my favorite.

oh.. and congrats on the buying of the house!
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2008 09:58:28 AM »

Wow! Everything looks awesome. I may have to try out that light switch cover idea.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2008 11:42:18 AM »

those lightswitch covers are so cute! and the mosaic looks so real
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2008 10:49:46 PM »

Very cool, I was wondering how the lightswitch cover thing was done, and now I know, thanks! We are also buying a place and I was thinking on some nice things to be done without spending a lot, and that fits the bill.

The kitchen shrine is also quite nifty, very visually interesting!
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