February 25, 2010

The simple things


I bought a can of spray paint for $ 3.44 at Lowes (Valspar metallic aluminum) and it's changed my life. Seriously, it's really that easy? Yes! This light switch cover was hideous.  I wish I had a good before photo, but you'll just have to trust me.  It was a terrible antique brass finish. I almost threw it out, and then I remembered the spray paint. 3 coats with drying time in between, and I was done. I'm not sure how long the finish will last, but who cares - at least the cover didn't end up in the trash!  Plus I can always buy another can of spray paint... 

Note the screws.  Aside from the fact that they're the wrong color (need to replace them), the slots line up vertically.  A little side note about me.... in the rest of our house all of the screw heads are horizontal.  Yes, I'm quirky like that.   The reason I obsess about this is because I learned in my tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey house that he insisted on the same thing with the screw heads, another way to emphasize the horizontal lines of nature.  This is my tribute to him.  However, in this instance, the horizontal lines just didn't work.  That being said, you'd never find a switch cover like this in one of his homes anyway.

Oh, and I decided to spray paint the plastic ivory doorbell cover too, because I could.
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