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How to Tile an Electrical Outlet Cover

Add a crafty touch to an electrical outlet or light switch cover with this handy technique.


  • Step 1: Apply safety gear Put on safety goggles and gloves before starting this project. Tile shards are sharp and can cut or blind you.
  • Step 2: Smash tile Wrap the tile in an old towel and use a hammer to break it into large pieces.
  • TIP: Check your local craft store or antique shop for tile that matches or complements the other accents on your wall.
  • Step 3: Sort pieces Sort the pieces, looking for corners and edges that can maintain the faceplate's clean edges.
  • Step 4: Rough up faceplate Unscrew the faceplate. Scratch the faceplate using fine grit sandpaper to give the tile adhesive something to stick to and to remove dirt or paint.
  • Step 5: Glue tile on to faceplate Use a Popsicle stick or small putty knife to apply tile adhesive to each piece of tile and then stick them to the faceplate.
  • TIP: Start from the corners and work along the edges towards the center.
  • Step 6: Apply grout Allow the tile adhesive to dry before working the grout into the cracks between the tile pieces. Wait 24 hours before reinstalling the faceplate.
  • FACT: The first electric generators went online in 1882 and served customers in lower Manhattan for $5 per kilowatt hour.

You Will Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Tile
  • Old towel
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Outlet cover
  • Tile adhesive
  • Popsicle stick or small putty knife
  • Grout
  • Craft store or antique shop (optional)

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