Easy and Inexpensive Home Upgrade – Light Switch Covers!

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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!

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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.

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Did you know that light switches are crazy cheap? Do you have any inexpensive home improvement tips to share? Share below!!

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33 thoughts on “Easy and Inexpensive Home Upgrade – Light Switch Covers!

  • 20 January, 2015 at 11:19 pm
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    Hello dear, going to answer your question on my blog here. You know that the wall color on the first picture seems to be a lighter variation of Marsala :))).
    Yes there’s a craze about it at the moments, all fashion designers use it for their collection – but as I said in my blog, marsala is not the name of the color theres’s this craze about….. Strange Fashion World, no?? ;-)))

    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

    • 20 January, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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      I know Marsala was the color of the year in the interior design world not too long ago.. haha, I seem to have a lot to learn!!! Thanks for taking the time to answer my question!! <3 <3

  • 21 January, 2015 at 12:12 am
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    Love this post! We just moved and have a hodgepodge of light switches, too. (And, many that the previous owners painted over…??) I need to remember that it is a quick, easy, inexpensive way to freshen up the house! And, I love that you guys decided to splurge for high traffic rooms. Hmmm…. Maybe we’ll have to copy that philosophy.

    • 21 January, 2015 at 12:20 am
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      Yeah, we had the random painted over light switched here too! Some were only partially and clearly accidentally painted over… like they didn’t take the time to remove the plates or tape over them before painting the walls! lol. Anyway, I’m having so much fun doing these little touch ups when finances don’t allow for bigger projects! ^_^

    • 21 January, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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      Yeah, I thought so too! <3 And thanks!

    • 21 January, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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      Doesn’t it?! So far, best upgrade for the money!!

  • 21 January, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    That is a good tip – I moved about 3 years ago – and we rent now – I wish we could paint or something the drab off white we have…

    The difference with just the light switches is so cool 🙂

    • 21 January, 2015 at 4:09 pm
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      Yeah, my husband was teasing me over how excited I got with this tiny detail, haha! ^_^

  • 21 January, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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    This is pretty much a “no brainer.” And there are ADORABLE ones out there for children’s room and play spaces. The old ones can really date a house, but for $20 you can do the whole house and it does make a big difference:)

    • 21 January, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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      Yeah, I am SO HAPPY with the improvement I’ve seen so far! The house feels so much more fresh and upkept!!! <3

    • 21 January, 2015 at 4:12 pm
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      Thanks!!! <3 <3

  • 21 January, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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    Light switches and door knobs are easiest and first things I’m always changing))
    Great inspiration post!

    • 21 January, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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      It’s funny you mention doorknobs, I was actually eyeballing those next for an upgrade!!

    • 22 January, 2015 at 1:52 am
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      I want to put more dark metallic ones around my house.. they’re so pretty!!! ^_^

    • 22 January, 2015 at 2:00 am
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      Thanks for stopping by!! <3

  • 22 January, 2015 at 1:15 am
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    I love it! Great tips!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • 22 January, 2015 at 2:02 am
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      Thanks!!

    • 22 January, 2015 at 2:05 am
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      Thanks!! We’re having so much fun remodeling! <3

  • 22 January, 2015 at 9:54 pm
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    I love these light switch covers – a great inexpensive decorating idea.

    • 22 January, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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      Thanks!

  • 22 January, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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    I have those exact light switch covers ( the white ones) and up till recently I had that exact mauve/ pink-ish color wall too!

    • 22 January, 2015 at 10:29 pm
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      Lol, crazy!!! Great minds think alike and all that jazz??? hehe!!

  • 23 January, 2015 at 12:12 am
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    One of the first things I changed when I moved was the light switches. I never knew it could make such a difference but mine were the kind with little floral designs so they had to go.Another thing I never realized was so.inexpensive to update was ceiling fans I noticed some really.nice ones while browsing and all under $50 I ended up replacing all the old ones.

    • 23 January, 2015 at 1:31 am
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      Yeah, the ceiling fans surprised me too!! Luckily, the previous owners had already upgraded ours prior to moving in.. but these light switches!! MAN! One was a gaudy golden.. thing. lol. Simply had to go!

    • 24 January, 2015 at 4:51 pm
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      Yeah, I thought so too!! ^_^

  • 20 May, 2016 at 8:39 am
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    Great Share!

    We all tend to overlook such small things which are really importance and usually catch one’s attention. These little efforts and improvements can give you a huge returns when it comes to selling a property.

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