Isn’t it ironic how sometimes the smallest changes make the most dramatic difference in a room? Like simply adding some curtains, hanging art work or even replacing electrical socket covers. We had some really ugly covers in our kitchen when we first moved in and when I painted the dining room I just knew they had to go. Even though the rest of the house has bisque/cream sockets and covers I decided that if we were going to replace them we were going to do a crisp white. It only cost us $6 to replace 3 sockets and covers, plus we bought a blank cover for the phone lines (Jesse hasn’t been brave enough to try that one yet.)Jesse took care of the actual replacing of the sockets and it only took him about 10 minutes by the time he got to the last one. He started by bringing one of our lamps into the room and plugging it in. He then went into the laundry room and flipped switches in the fuse box until the lamp went out. After the light went out, Jesse tested the socket with our stud finder. If the AC light blinks and buzzes then the line is live and you shouldn’t mess with it. But if it doesn’t you’re good to go.After you remove the cover simply unscrew the actual socket from the wall and pull it out so you can get to the sides. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws on the side and detach the copper wires from entire socket. The wrap them around the screws on your new socket. Jesse had to use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to tightly wrap the copper wires because they were really thick and sharp.Once all the wires were reattached and the side screws tightened you can shove all the wires back into the wall and secure it back in place.I love the dramatic difference the white makes against the green! And it definitely helps tie all of the white accents into the room. I can’t wait to add curtains, and wall decor, just to finish bringing it all together. Le sigh… I’m so smiley about what’s going on in the dining room! I’m thinking replacing the old lady curtains is next on my list.
Have you made any small changes around your house that really make a difference?