Super glue, (cyanoacrylate) and baking soda create an active compound and superior adhesive. The outlet cover on the right has multi layers of glue, soda and sand which accounts for the random, but interesting texture. The switch cover on the left is a slightly damaged one which we will use for this experiment.
Gloves should be worn for this because the glue is quick drying and very difficult to remove from the skin. Begin by cleaning and drying the surface of the cover. Apply a thin coat of super glue to the surface; not the entire surface but approximately a quarter of it. Slightly dust the area with baking soda while being careful not to let it build up in any one area. Apply more super glue and sprinkle fine sand over the section. It is important to remember that the glue dries quick and speed is of the essence.
The picture on the left is the same switch cover with a layer of glue, soda and sand. It can be touched up, painted, or used the way it is – depending on your preference.
The same gold leaf paint was used to provide a matching mate for the outlet cover. A clean piece of foam was used for this application. Now we have a pair of two solid gold colored plastic cover plates with an interesting texture. Naturally, any color could be used for a finish. The super glue/baking soda compound provides a solid medium for any quality paint to adhere to.
Each cover plate cost less than two dollars to decorate and took about a half hour to complete.The only downside I can anticipate is that they would be very difficult to clean.