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Small Details, Big Effect

If you've ever remodeled or built a new home, you know that the kitchen is an expensive room to outfit.  Cabinets, appliances and flooring are all major investments.  Thousands of dollars often are spent on granite countertops and artisan tile backsplashes, all to create a kitchen with the "WOW" factor, because not only do we want our kitchen to function, but be attractive as well. 

For me, plain white switch plate covers placed over the new tile detract form the beauty of the room, and they spoil the finished look of the tile.  

So, when I'm called to help paint or plaster a kitchen, I will always suggest that these unslightly covers be painted to blend in with the decor.  It's a small detail that makes a big difference, and I'm happy to do it for the client.

                                         See the difference for yourself in these rooms:

It doesn't take long to paint switch plates  Typically I prime and base coat the plates when they are off the wall, then put them back in place to mottle and paint the grout lines.

This kitchen had wonderful mosaic tile - a lovely combination of irridescent and matte sheens.  Here's the work sequence:
These are plastic switchplate covers that are found in most homes.  Before they can be painted, sand with 80 or 100 grit paper to give some texture, or bite, to the surface.

In this instance I primed with grey because it resembles the final grout color.

Using a selection of acrylic paint, I mottled the surface using the adjacent tile as a guide.  Remove the plate from the wall and spray with clear poly-acrylic for durability and protection.

Re-install the covers and enjoy the change!  Some people might be tempted to paint the face of the plug, but I prefer to leave it -- after all youv'e got to see where to plug in the coffee maker!


  1. What a great idea! It takes talent though to do what you did! Thanks for sharing, Sharon!

  2. Oh, you are so cleaver and you make it look so easy. I did this in my kitchen when we tiled the backsplash and it took me forever!

  3. love it! i'm definitely a fan of the painted switch plate covers. the room just doesn't look finished with white plates standing out. great blog!


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