Money-Saving Tip #2

"As we finished the final details of the gut renovation of our 1930s stone house, we coveted copper switch plates for lights and electrical outlets. But at $25 or more each, the price tag was way over our budget. So I bought cheap metal switch plates from the big-box store and copper foil sheeting from the crafts store and used spray adhesive to affix the sheeting to the plates. My husband even embossed a beautiful fern design on some of them. They are developing a patina that gets richer every day, and we still have enough foil to make 'copper' plates for the entire neighborhood."
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