Monday, April 15, 2013

Camelflage Outlets

Our kitchen is practically done--I'm just tweaking the details before I post the finished room so it's perfect!

I have a decorating pet peeve: switch plates that do not blend into the wall they are on. I mean, why would anyone want to emphasis the plug? Years ago I decorated a living room for clients and the walls were painted a beautiful soft blue. When I came back to the house after the painters were done, the husband installed brass outlet plates on the walls. Noooooo!

Our electrician installed the outlets in the back splash before the tile was installed. Originally I planned on having white subway tile, so I told him to install white plugs and plates.

Then I found these beautiful gray limestone subway tiles at Tile America. They were perfect but now I was stuck with white outlet plugs and covers. The white just wasn't going to work with the dark gray tile.
Zinsser to the rescue! It sticks to any surface and dries in one hour.
Next I gave them three coats of gray to match the tile.
Will it hold up? I might have to touch up paint now and then...
But it's all in the details.

2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I love this idea! I am going to work on it this weekend! Did you use an oil-based paint? I noticed that the Zinser was oil-based so was wondering if the paint needed to be oil-based also?

    Thank you!

    Carmie

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    1. Hi Carmie,
      I used latex paint for the gray color. I got a sample size from the paint store since I used such a small amount. It came in an eggshell finish.

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