HOME DECOR DIY | Chili Pepper Light Switch Cover

I painted this chili pepper light switch cover as a way to relax while our kitchen was being remodeled. Yes, our kitchen was remodeled, and like all remodels the stress was high. Since kitchen our colors and style are a pastel retro vibe, I wanted the worn out light switch cover to get a refresh too. This light switch cover was dirty and missing paint, so painting was an easy solution.

DecoArt provided me with their products for this project. I was not paid for this project. All opinions, photos, and instructions are my own.

  • Soap and water
  • DecoArt Media Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics Paint
    • Purple Cow
    • Purple Rain
    • Tangerine
    • Tangelo Orange
    • Irish Moss
    • Bluegrass Green
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paint
    • Amythest
    • Rose Gold
    • Crystal Green
  • DecoArt Craft Twinkles Paint
    • Crystal
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust Paint
    • Ice Crystal


  • Paper Towels
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plate
  • Cup of water


1) With a wet and soapy paper towel, remove any dirt and oils from the light switch cover. I didn't take a photo of mine clean, but you can see how worn it was in this photo of one gesso layer.

2) Using a wide soft paintbrush, cover the light switch cover in 2-3 light layers of DecoArt Media Gesso, to prime the surface and hide previous colors. Let each layer fully dry before adding another layer. Thoroughly clean the brush using the cup of water and paper towels.

3) Squeeze a little DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint onto the paper plate. Using the paintbrushes and paint, fill in the chili sections. Yes, chilis do come in purple, but not pastel. It's whimsical people! The paint might need 2-3 layers for full opacity. Rinse the brushes out using the cup of water and paper towels.

4) Using the same dark shades of DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint, add patterns to the chili bodies.

5) Using the DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paints and a small paintbrush, paint over the chili stems. I mixed a little Tangelo Orange and Rose Gold together to get the orange metallic shade. You could mix Tangelo Orange and Dazzling Metallics Pearl for a pastel look, but I didn't want that light of a color.

6) Mix DecoArt Craft Twinkles in Crystal and DecoArt Glamour Dust in Ice Crystal in a 1:1 ratio on a the paper plate. Cover the painted chilis in this glitter paint mixture. I use about 3-4 layers for a very sparkly look. Instead of mixing glitters that matched each section, I felt that an overall sparkle was easier and less detracting. After all of the layers are dry, screw the light switch cover back into place.

I took a lot of photos during the kitchen and half bath remodel, so it's going to be some time before I write any posts about that experience. If you ever want to follow along with remodel and project making progress, check out my Instagram. I use Instagram Stories almost daily, and there's always lots of juicy behind the scenes action...and also many cat photos. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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