Design Hack: Paint your outlet plates

December 15, 2020 1 min read

Design Hack: Paint your outlet plates


 Shannon Kaye DIY paint hack paints outlet plates for Kelly-Moore Paints


Everyone knows I'm a stickler for what you see behind and below your furniture.

That may seem a little picky, but camouflaging baseboards (notice I paint them to match the wall color!) and outlet plates can make the difference between junky looking spaces and beautiful design.

IMPORTANT: It's illegal to paint the outlets themselves, but you'll be amazed by how the outlets disappear when you paint the protective plates that go around them with your wall paint.

Here's a quick tutorial for how I paint outlet plates...

What you need:

  • screwdriver
  • dropcloth or piece of cardboard
  • spraypaint primer
  • small paint roller
  • your wall paint

Here's how I do it:

  1. Spray the plates with a light coat of primer- let dry
  2. Roll a thin coat onto the plates, let dry and repeat
  3. When completely dry, carefully put them back on the wall

It goes a little something like this...


Kyle Aaron Designs and Shannon Kaye choose Kelly-Moore Paints KM4516 Arrow Quiver for a Home Office feature wall

KM4516 Arrow Quiver

Shannon Kaye paints a home office feature geometric accent wall for Kelly-Moore Paints with dark green wall color KM25 Tropical Forest

KMA25 Tropical Forest


Shannon Kaye paints a geometric DIY how-to paint a feature home office wall for Kelly-Moore paints with bright yellow historic color HLS4205 California Chamois


HLS4205 California Chamois




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