I’ve been getting a ton of emails asking about the ‘stainless’ switchplates that were pictured in the reveal of our newly painted kitchen. Many of you said you like this look, but have asked if they scratch easily. Here is a flashback to what they look like again:
So I’m here to tell you, they aren’t stainless!!! These were plain plastic white covers before I spray painted them. John actually came up with the idea. He’s so clever
I used Rustoleum’s Metallic Paint and Primer in One in Satin Nickel and gave them one coat of even coverage. That’s all they needed. I probably used a total of half a can of paint on all 7 outlet covers in the kitchen. It would have cost us around $15 at Home Depot for all the specific wall covers that our kitchen needs, meaning some with 2 plugin outlets or one with a double outlet and one switch combo (see picture below).
2-Gang Stainless Steel Toggle/Duplex Receptacle Wall Plate $2.99
One can of paint cost around $7.00, so that’s about half the price we would have paid if we had bought stainless covers, and we didn’t even use the whole can. So if you want me to get technical (hey, I’m in Finance, numbers are what I do!), you could say this little upgrade cost $3.50! Not too shabby. And just for the FYI, we haven’t had any problems with the paint getting scratched.
We also used this idea in the opposite way to camouflage our stainless air vent covers. Our vents are on the ceiling, and our ceilings are white, so the vent covers stuck out like a sore thumb.
We already had Valspar Paint and Primer in One in White, so we threw a coat on and they were dry in about an hour. The paint really helps draw your eye away from the ceiling now that the vent covers blend in a little better. I mean, who really wants to stare at air vents when you walk into a room??!! I forgot to take a picture of the dining room before, but there are 3 vents in a row in there, so the paint helped a lot!
We even painted the front room vents while we were at it.
So there ya have it! Two super quick and inexpensive little tips!
What tricks do you guys have up your sleeve? Spill the beans!