Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. When we first moved here, we immediately took down a wall that separated the living room from the kitchen and dinette. Now you can see from the east end of the house to the west end – across three rooms. We love the open feeling! But if something is wrong in one part of the space – that’s visible from one end of the house to the other, too!
One of our kitchen upgrades pointed out the fact that we needed to replace all six of the original dingy switch plates. I looked through the hardware store collections and to buy all six at once – well, I tend to drag my feet when prices go over the limit I have set in my head. So we lived with the old ones while I continued to drag my feet. Then Bingo!
A garage sale that looked so unpromising that we almost didn’t stop had a shoebox of brass switchplates, duplex covers in all sorts of combinations. I sorted through, picked out what I needed and went to the seller. 25 cents each. Then he reached into a plastic bag and counted out the screws I would need. He was afraid they would get lost if he left them in the shoebox. I thought I would just reuse the screws from the ancient ones we already had! I came home happy that I had gotten a great deal at $1.50!
Cleaned up those little metal squares and Wheels installed them the same day. Now I know there is a great debate, at least in blogland, about brass and whether it is totally out of the picture or if it is making its way back. Forget trendy — the brass winked and reflected things at me all day long. Still, those little flashes of brass that caught my attention several times each day as I moved about were such an improvement over the old electrical plates that I could get along. I’ll get to them someday. . .
Then we changed the countertop from yellow based to gray based. Not only did those brass switchplates wink at me everywhere. They clashed! And we can’t have that! Soooo — out came the can of matte nickel spray paint!
- Remove switch plates, duplex covers, etc.
- Wipe each one with a degreaser so they are absolutely clean
- Push screws into a piece of corrugated cardboard so they are upright
- Spray everything with an even, light coat of desired color
- Dry and repeat with a second coat. A third coat can be applied if needed.
- Replace each piece.
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