My 3 Monsters: Color Matching Your Switchplates& Outlet Covers with RIT Dye

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8.27.2012

Color Matching Your Switchplates
& Outlet Covers with RIT Dye

I was poking around on the Rit dye website this weekend and discovered the coolest thing!  Did you know that you can dye your switchplates and outlet covers to match your wall paint?!  Seriously!  I only ever think of using RIT dye on fabric {hello, tie dye}, but there is a whole world of things you can use that stuff on -- furniture, home decor items, art projects, and so much more.

Switchplate covers are {usually} made from unbreakable nylon which takes dye beautifully.  I recently painted Sydney's bedroom navy blue and was distressed by the glaring white outlet covers.  I thought about painting them, but when you do that the paint scratches off so easily and they end up looking junky.  There are fancy colored switchplates on the market, but I'm trying to stick to a super-tight budget here and the 44 cent builder's grade option fit into that better than the double-digit-dollar designer options.

So I ran out and purchased 4 new outlet covers and a box of navy blue Rit dye and decided to try my luck.  If you look on the Rit website they have "recipes" for making 500 custom colors by mixing their standard colors.  I mixed the powdered dye packet into about 2 C. hot water in a glass bowl and submerged the outlet covers one at a time for about 10 minutes each.  It was just like dying easter eggs, really.  Once the color was as dark as I wanted, I pulled the pieces out of the dye with a pair of tongs and rinsed them off.  The color darkens a bit once it is dry.  

Here's what you end up with:


I was thrilled with the result!  The navy blue was almost an exact match to my paint color.  Who knew you cold do that, right?  It was the perfect solution that didn't break the bank at just a little over $4.

Here's a sneak peek at the progress in the rest of the room:


I still have quite a bit of work to do, but it is coming along nicely.  Three of the walls are navy blue and then there's this white plank accent wall, which is the STAR of the room.  There will be lots of raspberry pink accents along with a little turquoise and lime green.  The overall effect of the room is crisp and bright {a little bit preppy, a lot sophisticated} and I am TOTALLY jealous of Sis for getting to live there.  However, she is only 4 short years away from heading off to college . . . This room could be my craft room/guest room one day . . . Not that I'm in a rush to get her out of here or anything . . . 

Now run along, my friends, and dye all your switchplates and outlet covers!!  {And have a great day, too.}

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see how it turns out! You are always redecorating the kid's rooms. My poor kids get one decor from birth to move out... I should really work on that.

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