Disguising a Light Switch

Do you see that light switch that is half hidden by the white framed canvas?  It has been the bane of my existence for the last few weeks.

Since I moved the sofa into the corner, I’ve played around with what to do with the huge expanse of looming wall.  Every time I had a good solution, that pesky 3bay light switch got in the way.  And let me get on my high horse and wonder in the name of all that is logical, why in the WORLD would some man decide that it would be smart to put the light switch a full 39 inches away from the edge of the wall?  It is so awkward.

My solution was to hang a bracket immediately under the light switch.  Then on top of that, I leaned that framed canvas away from the wall so it would give me room to slide my hand back and turn on the lights.  You can’t see that the frame is even attached to a nail in the wall so it’s secure.  And I even put a large nail underneath {see that there?} to catch the frame if it tries to fall back.  Luckily, my top nail is low enough that the frame sits tightly on the shelf and doesn’t move even if it hit it with my hand.

This wall isn’t my favorite wall in my house.  If I were rich, I’d probably have a HUGE mirror here to reflect the large window across the room.  But, it’s a result of using what I already have, grouping like things together, and incorporating things I love like silhouettes and plates. I’ll tell you about my dwell board and photo canvas of my boys later this week.  For now, I’m enjoying not having to get up from the sofa to turn on the overhead light.   Maybe that man wasn’t so dumb after all.

PS, I know it will bother you all to no end that I didn’t completely cover the switch by moving the whole wall decor over to the left 3 inches.  I just didn’t have it in me.  plus, then everything would be even more off center from the sofa.  The things I sacrifice for laziness.

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  1. I have to say… I worry that you’ll drive a nail into your wiring!
    Be careful!

    As far as the plug being a full 39 inches away from where it needs to be… go figure! Do the men who design some of these houses actually live in them?
    If not where? Where to they live? They just don’t get it.

    I like your wall and apparently it works the way you have it covered up. Cause with out all that ‘madden’ writing on the screen… i’d not have noticed. ha!

  2. So what’s up with the drawn-on beret on the big silhouette? Just wondering. :)

    PS…We have some poorly placed switches too. And we built this ding-dang house! I have no one to blame but myself.

    • I know for some reason it looks like that and like i have a black spot on my wall too. Something about fooling around with drawing in photobucket and not being a professional.

  3. That second photo? Yeah, I totally thought it said “39 inches” on your wall. I’m sure there’s even lamplight shining on those letters. Clever how you removed it for the other photos. ;)

  4. I love your curtains! Did you have them custom made or make them yourself?

  5. All I can see is the most adorable new member of your family–we need a dog!

  6. Nester
    I LOVE the look of your living room. Where ever did you find the pillows on your newly slip covered sofa?? LOVE them!!
    Kelly in IL

  7. Kathy :) says:

    Hello Hello…very clever of you !!! You could have gotten one of those clappers too….clap on and clap off LOL

    Love your new slipcovers….where did you find them ???

    Your room looks so fresh and airy…..love those new drapes too……

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  8. Devonna says:

    I have painted switch plates before. Just use sandpaper to scuff up the surface and slap on a coat of your wall color. Love the new living room.

  9. Jennifer says:

    You could also paint the light switch the color of the wall.

  10. OK, so I know you’ve heard them all but JIC this one has not come your way….at Home Depot (although maybe even a smaller chain would have this) they sell unfinished wood switch plates designed specifically for this issue. You paint them the color of your wall…the plastic “switch” is also easy to paint (make sure you turn the power off or remove it completely!!!) and WHALA, it’s a switch that disappears into the wall…with paint! =)

  11. I’m loving how a light switch can be the bane of someone’s existence. All sorts of irrational things become mine. The cats. The blender. The laundry room…

    I’m sure a light switch will make an appearance sooner or later.

  12. Creative fix to what seems to be a common problem! I have light switches and thermostats in odd places, too… I just buy a frame that works with the grouping and frame the switch/thermostat as though it was a work of art. No one EVER notices that it really is not frame-worthy. :)

  13. Fortunately my Hubbs caught the electrician before he left…..he put the door bell in the MIDDLE of one of my major wall? Why not in the entry, you ask?? WHO KNOWS! Thirty nine inches is quite a long way from the edge of the wall……….maybe it was lunch time and he didn’t want to run a wire long enough to make it to the end of the wall?? :-) Your solution is a wonderful one though….good for you and hip-hip for a clever womanly solution.

    Warm blessings,

  14. melissa crosby says:

    Love the light switch hider but would have to move it over to cover the whole light switch or i would be forever miserable, laziness trumps miserable every time…

  15. Brilliant move, ma’am! I have a bowling alley for a family room and in my 15 years of living here have only been able to more the furniture into 2 basic configurations. The final choice has been to block the french doors that we don’t use and were having a water problem with anyway, with a couch so that our couches now face one another. The wall above the couch currently is holding 2 (used to be 3, but a few years ago my son was standing on his head on the couch-naturally?-and knocked one down) full length mirrors I bought at Walmart for next-to-nothing. They reflect the light beautifully and have served me well. I am currently in the process of collecting mirrors of various sizes from Goodwill (thanks to you, my blogger decorating inspiration!) to spray paint all to match and arrange them over the couches instead. I have 2 so far. This process may take a while!
    Thanks so much for giving me hope in having a beautiful home despite a lack of budget for it!

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