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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Opportunity Can Ring My Bell

I have a confession.  An ugly one.  This was my doorbell.

Please be clear....I have tried and tried to do better.  I just haven't been able to find something that was 'me'.

Some options I have explored:

Or possibly???


But you can see my dilemma.  

Then you know how sometimes two things can just somehow come together in your mind?  Boom! A tutorial was born!!

Simple, pretty and quick.
And we get to play with electricity!

Here is all you will need 

An unfinished wooden switchplate
Mod Podge (I used outdoor)
A lovely paper napkin 
Gesso or primer
180 grit sandpaper
Sponge applicator
Screwdriver and/or cordless drill
I also bought a new dark brown cheapo doorbell,
but you could repaint the one you already have if need be

 Lightly sand and gesso or prime the wooden switchplate

I made sure my screw holes lined up correctly (bonus- they did!) and lightly traced where the doorbell housing would go so I could estimate the amount of space I would have left for the design of the napkin to show.  I picked up these lovely spring napkins at Tuesday Morning for $1.70

Once you figure out what part of the napkin you want to use spread a thin coat of Mod Podge on the switchplate.  You are going to get one shot at sticking down the napkin, so hold your breath and bite your upper lip.  Separate the layers of the napkin and just stick the pretty part on.

Smooth it out and tear or cut off the excess.  Add a layer of Mod Podge to the top.  Let dry a few hours and top coat again.  Now the hard part.....walk away for 72 hrs to let it completely cure.  Use a craft knife to cut paper away from the holes in the backplate.

When the wait is over the fun part starts- playing with live wires!
Remove the screws holding the doorbell.  There should be 2 wires connecting it.  Loosen the little screws on the back that hold the wires and carefully remove each one, being sure they do not come in contact with each other.

 Pull the wires through the middle hole of the switchplate, making sure the ends do not touch each other!  Use a screw or find a third hand to hold the plate on the wall while you pick up your doorbell.

 Reconnect the wires to the (new) doorbell and screw it back onto the wall.
I plan to do a different 'theme' for each season, but for now I am just happy to have this to greet my guests!

Happy Spring!!


  1. I'm your newest follower!

    Daisy @

  2. Newest follower from MBC group. This is a great diy project. I just love the look.

    My two blogs:

  3. I am your newest follower. You just opened my eyes to some really odd doorbells lol. Love them though!

  4. Great idea! Love the examples you gave too. Totally made me laugh!!!

    I've never thought of doing that for a doorbell, but such a fun idea!
    Thanks for linking it up!
    @ Creatively Living

  5. The example photos were too funny! I am your newest follower from MBC :) Looking forward to your crafty posts. I love to craft myself!


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