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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Geeeeessss! What Has Taken Me So Long

Everytime I start to do a vignette, I notice the white plugs and switches on the chocolate brown walls of my kitchen, then I forget about it again.  Isn't it weird how you can get so use to seeing something that you don't notice how really bad it looks.  I just kept thinking, I really need to change those, but I never did.



See, they are all the way around the kitchen and they just stick out like a sore thumb.  Now I know you all must have noticed them too and you were just too polite to tell me to get a grip and change them.


Finally when I was cleaning over the weekend, it got to me and so off to Lowe's to get some new ones.  My choices were white, cream, black, brown or oil rubbed bronze.  The oil rubbed bronze looked sort of gray against my walls, and the brown is darker, but definitely the best choice.  You can see where I tried to paint one of the switch plates.  I soon discovered this wasn't going to work at all.  So the brown was the best option.



I know that you still see the plugs, but it is so much better don't you think. 


I'm a happy camper with the results.  Now to cook a great dinner for my DH.  He was so good to make all the changes for me.


41 comments:

  1. I must say...that does look much better. I need to go look at mine. As you say, we never really notice certain things.
    Blessings,
    Haven

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  2. Hi Marty, your new plates look wonderful. It's amazing what such a little change can do! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Hi Marty, I am the same way, I can't stand to look at outlets. I tend to find something tall enough to cover them up in photos but you can't always do that. Your kitchen is beautiful!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  4. What a glorious kitchen! I have the same issue with skirting boards painted white against a chocolate feature wall. Except they are painted in a gloss and sitting tight on carpet so it may have to stay! Julie

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  5. It does look my less noticeable although I must admit I hadn't noticed them in your previous posts but the new ones are a great choice Marty.

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  6. Yes, that looks better. Another trick is to paint them to match the wall and they just disappear. I have painted most of ours and you can paint the vents if they are on the walls, too.

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  7. What a great change! I didn't really notice them before, as you make such beautiful vignettes, so I just concentrated on them...but now that you mention, it looks perfect! Yeah, hubby deserves a great dinner. See you tuesday, lady Marty. Love, FABBY

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  8. Marty your kitchen looks beautiful! Awesome changes!

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  9. I painted mine. However...it hasn't held up well...I am thinking I need to use a different type of paint. But they still looked better.

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  10. Looks so much better. Great idea.

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  11. Outlets drive me crazy. I am always looking for ways to hide them. Great job on this project...and you are a lucky girl to have a husband who can do stuff like this! I'd have to do what Kim said and just paint them. :o)

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  12. I just got mine changed out. Had to put a post up to put pressure on hubs to get it done. Mine had been in a bag ready to be changed for probably a month. I had to do the opposite of you and go from dark to light. Makes a big difference, doesn't it? Now I can show my new kitchen one day this week.

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  13. Wow, it looks great. However, your kitchen looks wonderful no matter what. I love that little wooden chicken on the island. Too cute!

    Hugs,
    Gigi

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  14. Isn't it funny how we never really pay attention to those covers, Marty! I think your new brown ones look great and virtually disappear into the wall.

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  15. MARTY this is so funny I was just looking at some of my receptacles thinking I need to freshen them up with some new ones. I think when we look at picts of our own homes we start seeing things differently. Good idea to change them out! Kathysue

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  16. This is something that I need to do too. You have inspired me to get with it. Hugs

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  17. Looks great - but I never noticed the others before. You must have done a good job of hiding them. :D I have several that need to be replaced.

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  18. Great job Switchin' the Switch Plates. Perfect color, too! I have often covered them with wallpaper, decorated over and around them with theme wallpaper to match the room....like trailing ivy.

    Your kitchen always looks wonderful!

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  19. I never noticed them before, with my full attention on your lovely tablescapes and vignettes. But now that you took picture of your beautiful kitchen and focused on the switch plates.... what a lovely change and I never thought about changing them to coordinate with wall color.... you always have the most inspiring ideas! What drives me nuts are the heating vent covers!! Loving the wonderful vignette on your island, the little bucket with the greenery is sooo cute! Thanks for sharing.Have a wonderful evening!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  20. I think you picked the right color. Looks great. Dianne

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  21. Marty, Looks great! Unless you call notice to them they blend in just perfectly!
    Yvonne

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  22. It's amazing at how they disappear isn't it!!! I must admit that I never think of that sort of thing either.

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  23. Hi Marty,
    You are so smart! You are right we become so use to our surroundings and just don't catch things like that sometimes. I like the brown. Great choice. I probably would have tried to paint them too. :)

    Love the new centerpiece on your table too.

    Hugs,
    LaDonna

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  24. You are so right...I never really notice things until I take a picture and then it stands out to me.
    Kinda like a shirt I bought...thought it looked great on me, until I saw a picture of me in it. YUK! I fussed at my poor hubby for letting me wear it.
    Your kitchen looks great and they blend right in.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Melissa

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  25. It does look a lot better and blends in well. It's amazing what such a small change can make such a big difference. I think there should be a blog party called "what took me so long"! lol!

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  26. Hi Marty...nice improvement! You kitchen is welcoming...love the rooster and wheat sheaf!

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  27. Oh, your vignettes are always so amazing!~ And I LOVE the new switchplate covers...the brown is wonderful!
    And I'm in love with your gorgeous island!!!!!

    Please, if you get a chance, stop by and leave a comment to win my first giveaway!!! THANK YOU!!!

    Hugs,
    Lana In Italy

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  28. Nice improvement Marty, though truthfully I hadn't noticed anyway!

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  29. Sometimes it's the small things that make a huge difference! Love the change and have been thinking about changing out my own for some time.

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  30. Marty, you are so funny.... I do the same thing.. Mine are cream color and need to be white. It bugs me everyday...

    Pattie

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  31. Marty you are so right, sometimes the most simple things get left unnoticed. I love it now, blends right in!

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  32. What a nice change. I've been meaning to do the same thing in my kitchen and this is a great motivator.

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  33. That does look nice. I never knew they came in different colors!

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  34. the brown does look better.. I painted mine according to theMartha Stewart tutorial= sand lightly, prime- paint wall color - poly- let dry.. it took me a week lol.. but I can just wipe them off and its all good . I tired just painting them and ugg, that was bad.

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  35. That really did make a HUGE difference! Little things do make a big impact. :)

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  36. Perfect choice, Marty. Now they just blend in with the walls....Christine

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  37. Marty,
    Lovely!!!
    Thanks for another glimpse of your beautiful kitchen, too!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  38. Marty, Much better! We once had our family room painted by so called professionals. They never took the light switch covers off and just painted right over them!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  39. Now this makes me giggle. No, I've never noticed your plugs, but I notice mine in every picture...True confession...I remove them with my photo editing tools. Cherry Kay

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  40. Wow Marty, they look way way way better. Well done for gettimg off your preverbial and getting them done.

    Your kitchen looks so homely, I love it!

    Jo

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  41. They look much better! It is amazing that we don't SEE things til we are looking at pictures of our homes! But it is true. XO, Pinky

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