The blog has not been “epic” lately — but I assure you, my ongoing project — creation of my Mahalo Lounge — is. Epic, that is. And proving that (1) it’s good to collect things over time and (2) no detail is too small: I remembered that I had these vintage antique brass bamboo and thatch-design switch plates in my hoard. I bought them three years ago, when Kate and I discovered them on ebay. And guess what: There are still more available >>> click here for the link to the huge stash of vintage Leviton tropical switch plate and outlet covers (affiliate link).
As you can see, I installed the first switch plate cover directly on to my leopard print fabric wall covering.
I know — since “no detail is too small”, especially when creating a statement room — that I also need to switch out the switch, to brown (rather than ivory.).
Above: My stash. Bottom right: The staples I am using to get the leopard print fabric up. Thanks to reader Rick S., who suggested that I spray paint the staples black. I did! It’s working great!
Below: The original story on these vintage Leviton switch plate covers, originally published by Kate in September 2014. I repeat, click the linky-loos and there are many still available. They are super heavy duty — very very nice!
Kate’s original story:
I’ve been in a tiki-hoarding mood lately, so when I happened to find a huge stash of vintage Leviton bamboo, tiki themed switch plate and outlet covers (affiliate link) on ebay, I had to snap some up for my own future tiki bar. At between about $4 and $8 each depending on size and quantity purchased, these decorative brass outlet covers are a deal.
They can be purchased singly, or in sets of five or 50. The seller has outlet covers and single or double gang light switch plates available. It seems like the ebay seller got their hands on quite a stash, so thankfully there’s plenty to go around.
Without knowing how many outlets and lightswitches my future tiki bar will have, I decided on a five pack of outlet covers and two, double gang switch plates would be sufficient to add to my hoard. Thinking Pam might also be interested, I sent her the link. Sure enough, she bought a bunch too. We both got our packages quickly, on the same day and agree — these are some nice outlet covers.
In a room like a tiki bar where you are trying create the illusion of being transported to a distant place — the little details can make or break the room. These Leviton bamboo and thatch outlet covers will help everyday wall receptacles blend in with the tiki theme instead of screaming “here’s where you plug in the lamp!” Their design is wonderfully executed and the aged brass finish provides a wonderful patina that will feel right at home amongst jetsam and flotsam.
- See the huge stash of vintage Leviton bamboo, tiki themed switch plate and outlet covers on Ebay (affiliate link)
More fun: This is the book that I am using to make all my cocktails — the drinks all have stories — they’re historic!