Save Time & Money by Painting Outlets Rather Than Replacing Them

Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!Painting outlets rather than replacing them is incredibly easy to do.  If you’ve got wall outlets that don’t match, you’ll love this quick and inexpensive fix!  When we bought our home we repainted all the rooms. However, the outlets ranged from the basic cream color to dark brown. I really didn’t want the hassle and cost of wiring in new ones so I found a quick way to paint them that takes seconds! You can even paint the wall plates if you want.

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Painting Outlets Supplies

SAFETY:   It’s also a good idea for added safety to turn off the breaker to the outlet you are painting. Though not shown here its an added good idea to place a little cardboard or a small piece of folded up paper towel into the slots to protect them even more before painting. You want to keep paint out of the slots.  Plus it will keep them from working. Home inspectors test for a connection only. Paint can cause that to fail. 

NEVER layer paint onto outlets. If they already have been painted over just get new ones to be safe.

  • Cardboard or foam board  approximately 14″x14″
  • Utility knife
  • Spray paint of choice
  • Masking tape (optional to hold cardboard in place)

You can also paint the outlet cover plate if desired though  those are fairly inexpensive to purchase.

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Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Remove the cover plate. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Trace the cover plate onto the center of your 14″x14″ cardboard. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Cut 1/2″ inside the outer lines. This keeps the paint from getting on any part of the wall. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20blank630x20

Place your board over the outlet.  Depending on how close you cut it, it might stay in place.  You can also use some masking tape to hold it if needed or have someone hold it while you paint. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Give two or three very light coats of spray paint onto the outlet, allowing it to dry in between.  Very light coats will not cause any problems as far as going into the plug  slots.  Though I suggest stuffing a little cardboard or folded up paper towel in each slot for added protection. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Cover plates are very inexpensive, however, old ones are also easy to paint.Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Much better.Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!

17 Comments

  1. madeline

    Great idea but I don’t understand the purpose of the cuts around the outlet holes, once you’ve cut the 1/2″ around the perimeter, the piece is going to fall out (which is really all you need). Question…..is it possible to spray paint the light switches without damaging the internal mechanism with the same advice you gave for the outlets, spraying lightly several times? My home is old and the switches have yellowed over time. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Nancy Author

      Oh my gosh Madeline… you’re of course correct. And when you look at the bottom photos they show it completely cut out as a square. I realized after I cut the holes that it was pointless but I took photos along the way and neglected to remove the one’s showing the holes cut out. Sometimes I get on autopilot! Anyway, thank you SO much for pointing that out. I’ve updated the photos on the post now.

      As far as light switches go its a little trickier. I’ve tried it myself actually. It “kind of” works using the same exact method, cutting a hole just barely big enough to cover the plastic switch part you will be painting. As with the outlets use super light coats but the difficult part is getting all sides of the actual switch part coated nice without using too much paint. I didn’t find a satisfactory way to do it and make it look nice which is why I opted to not show that here. You certainty do have to be careful on electrical stuff. I’d definitely turn off the outlet at the breaker box before trying it. Just for added safety. Ü

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      1. madeline

        Thanks for your excellent advice, think I will try just very carefully painting them with a small artist’s brush, a bit time consuming and tedious but while listening to a book on a CD it shouldn’t be too unpleasant and will save money not buying new switches and getting or hiring someone install them. Any thoughts on my idea? Thanks…..and I’m going to check out your site.

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        1. madeline

          Just checked out your site and signed up immediately, I think I wish I was your next door neighbor, we are of the same mindset. Wishing you continued success in all aspects of you and your husband’s lives.

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