If this is common sense or old news to seasoned home owners, forgive me my enthusiasm! But as long as I’m on my home renovation kick, I figured I’d share my little discovery with all of you!
First off, for some back story: When we first moved into our new home, I had NO IDEA what things cost in the world of home improvements.
I assumed things like refinishing the floor, or laying down new baseboards would be easy weekend projects that would cost me no more than $100. (Try month long projects in the thousands!) And then I assumed that upgrades to light fixtures and painting projects would run me in the multiple hundreds and would take me weeks or months to accomplish. (Try weekend projects in the hundreds or less!)
I had so much backwards, and misjudged how much work and time goes into.. well, everything!!
So one of my favorite discoveries as a first time home owner is that light switches and light switch covers take mere minutes to switch out, and that they can be as cheap as $2 per light switch to upgrade! Having bought a 1950’s house that still sports some of the original outlet covers and light switches, this was GREAT NEWS!
If you stroll down any major hardware or home improvement store, you’ll find multiple colors and covers to choose from, with switches and outlets starting at .75 cents each, and covers starting around the $1 mark. Of course, like everything, prices can go pretty high for brand name and specialty pieces – but for the most part, this project is redunkulously cheap, with an immediate aesthetic benefit in the home!
While I still haven’t switched out every single light switch and outlet cover in my home, I have made a huge dent – focusing on rooms with the most traffic. While I have no problem with the plain Jane white covers and switches, we have chosen to get fancy and splurge $8-$10 on some nicer switches in the living room, kitchen and in Tessa’s playroom.