Small Yet Dramatic

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. ugly-wooden-socket-coversEven 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.)new-socket-coversJesse 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. testing-the-electricityHe then went into the laundry room and flipped switches in the fuse box until the lamp went out. testing-electricity-offAfter 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.testing-electricity-with-studfinderAfter you remove the cover simply unscrew the actual socket from the wall and pull it out so you can get to the sides. replacing-electric-socketsUse 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.replacing-electrical-socketsOnce 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.fresh-white-electric-socketsI 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. white-socket-coversLe 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.new kitchen paint2

Have you made any small changes around your house that really make a difference? 

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23 Comments

  1. I love small changes and agree little things like that make all the difference. I can’t wait to see what the kitchen looks like without the granny curtains!

  2. It’s looking so nice in there! I always swap out the face-plates when Joe and I paint a room but I don’t update the plug itself (but that’s also because we’re still renting).

  3. Looks awesome!

    In the new house I’m hoping to over time replace all of the light switches with push button switches. Mike isn’t keen on the idea so wish me luck, hahah.

  4. Small changes do make a big difference. Looks like the new outlet you added has a built-in tamper proof feature, in other words it’s already child-proof. You won’t need to add a child proof plug to it when you have kids.

    Looks great! Keep it up!

    PS. The phone cord outlets are much easier than the powered outlets and I don’t think you even need to kill the power to them to work on them since they are low voltage anyway (~50 VDC).

  5. Yer absolutely right Ash! We’ve been in our home for more than 2.5 yrs and I just now replaced the ugly temporary curtains in our master bedroom! It made such a difference! And so glad u replaced those sockets, they look much better now! =) xo

  6. Perfect! The kitchen is looking great. I’m with Krystle…can’t wait to see it with less-granny-like curtains! 😉

  7. Love when little things make such a big difference!
    We have crazy lightswitch covers all around the house. I already swapped the guest room outlet/lightswitch covers for white, but the beige outlets drive me crazy. They look so dirty next to the white!

    I bet the curtains will make a huge difference, too – can’t wait to see what you come up with! 😀

  8. We haven’t gotten to the details stage yet, but the little changes are usually my favorites!! I am really loving watching your house come together-those granny curtains have got to GO! Haha, I’m looking forward to seeing the next step!

  9. Wow! What a difference! We need to do this too. All of ours are old and gross! Things are looking great in your dining room!

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