Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quick and Inexpensive Switch Plate Update.

I wanted to replace all of the plain white builder grade switch plates and wall plates in my family room, breakfast nook, hallway and entryway with oil rubbed bronze plates, but when I added up the potential costs, I quickly decided against it and began to search for a less expensive option. My solution - spray paint!





I unscrewed the plates from the wall and spray painted them (including the screws) with two coats of Rustoleum Universal Hammered Paint in Brown. After they were dry, I finished them off by spraying a very light coat of clear topcoat on them to protect the finish from scratches.




The results: It has been over two months now that I completed this project and they have held up well. I noticed a very small nick in the paint on the most used switch in the breakfast nook area, so I will probably take it down and add a heavier clear topcoat to it.





But all in all this was a very easy and inexpensive update to my plain and boring switch plates.

Linking up to Amanda's Decorating Dilemmas @ Serenity Now and Kimba's DIY Day @ A Soft Place To Land . Check them out!






10 comments:

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Hi, welcome to blogging :)! I came over from the Decorating Dilemmas party & love how your switchplates turned out! I have been thinking of trying this on my old brass colored doorknobs, so glad to know it's holding up well for you!
Blessings,
Stacey

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

LOVE it!! That's a great color. :) Thank you so much for linking up! Have a great night!

tales from an oc cottage said...

How cool is that paint! Looks great!

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Delightful Dwelling said...

I love how they came out, I will have to try that on ours.

The Neppers said...

Just found your blog and love your style! Keep the great ideas coming!

Wendy said...

great idea!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Soooooo snagging this idea! We are in our first home too and I've had to replace a lot of the light plate covers and I ended up buying those almond colored ones. What was I thinking??? I'm definatly going to spray paint mine now!! Thanks!

Create in me a clean heart O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 said...

What a great idea! It never occurred to me to paint those!

Becky said...

That really looks nice. Well done!

pendy said...

Great idea!

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