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Old 02-22-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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Face plates and plugs or switches inside -- must they match


I'm ordering oil rubbed bronze face plates for outlets in kitchen with new granite counters and backsplash. The plugs and switches in the outlets are white. I don't think it will look right.....will it? Any advice? If they must match or at least coordinate, any idea where to get the new plugs and switches?

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After buying granite countertops, are you worrying about replacing the white plastic with metal/cast plates and new electrical fixtures?

There are no rules, just whatever suits your eye and opinions.

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We're selling this home; agent and husband don't think it's necessary to replace the white plugs and switches. I think it will look funny in a somewhat upscale home.

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Old 02-22-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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You don't have a lot of stock color choices for switches and outlets. White, beige, brown and black. Sometimes the more you fuss with something the worse it ends up looking. I personally would add more lawn ornaments to detract buyers from the color of outlets and switches in the kitchen. Lawn ornaments sell houses!

Seriously? Some will cringe at this but if they really bother you? And you think white ones will drop the selling price of the home by $20-30K? You yourself would not offer on the house if you were looking? Then fix them for sure.

Buy a can of Krylon Fusion paint (specially designed for painting plastic) in a rattle can and in a color you think goes better with the outlet covers. Generously mask off the area around the switches and outlets---you will have to cut for the GCFI buttons with a hobby knife or something. With the power off, spray the outlets and switches. A few light coats will produce better results than trying to hit them with one. Replace the covers. Turn the power back on. Private mail me for an email address to which you may PayPal my commission check.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:24 AM   #5
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Often, switch plates are quite inexpensive.

You can also try lighting showrooms - they often have big catalogues of switch plates, drawer pulls, etc. IIRC Lowe's and Home Depot offer some, but I think it's quite paltry.

What finish is your faucet? Ideally, your switch plates would not be drastically different in finish from your faucet. Like a stainless steel faucet with black iron switch plates? That would be weird.

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Often, switch plates are quite inexpensive.
You can also try lighting showrooms - they often have big catalogues of switch plates, drawer pulls, etc. IIRC Lowe's and Home Depot offer some, but I think it's quite paltry.

What finish is your faucet? Ideally, your switch plates would not be drastically different in finish from your faucet. Like a stainless steel faucet with black iron switch plates? That would be weird.

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I think you misread the post. The OP has selected coverplates she likes. She is concerned about the color of the sockets and switches themselves.
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Oy, you're right! I suppose that is a risk I run when I post late night, apologies.

In that case, I know there are metallic spray paints out there - perhaps if there is one in the right color, that might work? I've only spray painted wood so I don't know how well it adheres to plastic. sdsester, maybe you know?

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Oy, you're right! I suppose that is a risk I run when I post late night, apologies.

In that case, I know there are metallic spray paints out there - perhaps if there is one in the right color, that might work? I've only spray painted wood so I don't know how well it adheres to plastic. sdsester, maybe you know?

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As mentioned in my post, Krylon Fusion is for plastics. It comes in the most colors but only in rattle cans. Rustoleum makes similar products but not in so many colors. They do make a plastic primer that comes in rattles cans and liquid form. You can, in theory, paint over it with anything,
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They sell colored outlets/switches. I've only seen them in black, beige, or brown though. This would be a good option because when you plug in something the first time, the paint will get scratched off ( if it was me ). Painting the outlets is common and you get a variety of colors but just think about the longevity of that paint job.

I'd be interested in seeing pics on whatever you decide to do.

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Swap them out for black ones. Black disappears.
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just my 2 cents , fancy switch plates goes back to the day when electricity was new and you were highlighting it, bragging. today you want it to disappear, and paint it the same color as wall .personally i would just leave it white or ivory. but you know what? who knows
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just my 2 cents , fancy switch plates goes back to the day when electricity was new and you were highlighting it, bragging. today you want it to disappear, and paint it the same color as wall .personally i would just leave it white or ivory. but you know what? who knows

I will second that, nobody is going to notice
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actually, I think it would look odd to have switches and outlets that are a different color from the rest of the home. keep it consistent! I'm quite a fussppot about these types of details... generally, IMO, it's best that the outlets and switches are as inconspicuous as possible. If you're selling, go with the realtors advice....

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