How Your Light Switch Plate Can Help You Paint

How Your Light Switch Plate Can Help You Paint

Taryn Williford
Sep 17, 2010

Normally, light switch plates are a nuisance to painters—both amateur and professional alike. You either have to take them all down or try to paint a clean line around them, right? Yep. No new developments here. But if you decide to go the unscrew-and-remove-them route, here's a little trick you can do that might help you down the line. Grab a marker and tape and come read more.

The next time you're painting a room, unscrew your light switch plates and try this tip—your future self will thank you.

Paint like normal with the plates off. But just before it's time to screw 'em back on, slap the back of the plate with a piece of painter's tape (or masking tape) and jot down the room's paint color name and product number.

If you ever need to make touch-up paint jobs down the line, it will be easy to match the color again. You could even tape a section of the paint chip to the reverse of the plate.

(Images: Robert S. Donovan under license from Creative Commons, Martha Stewart.)

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