While I was painting my new place this weekend, we wanted to take the electrical plates off of the wall to make sure that we didn't get any paint on them... only to find out that every SINGLE one had been painted over... and I don't just mean one coat, I mean layers upon layers! So much so, that some outlets couldn't even be used anymore because the plugs wouldn't fit! My mom and I literally stared in disbelief! How is this possible?! So we had a choice to make, either paint over them again or replace them all... so we replaced them all. Now some of you might not see why replacing them was really the only option... YOU NEVER EVER paint an electrical outlet... EVER!
Here are a few of my personal reasons:
1. Paint is a conductor, therefore painting an outlet can cause a fire, very easily just based off of a spark! Better have renter's and/or homeowner's insurance if you are going to paint over them!
2. If you ever have an electrical problem and need to replace the outlet for whatever reason, or check the wiring, you will have to ruin your paint job when you try to get the cover off the wall...
3. Just like the outlets in my condo, layers upon layers build up causing the outlet to become blocked, making it impossible to actually use the outlet. What's the point in even having an outlet if you can't use it? You would be better off taking it out and patching the hole!
4. It looks like Crap - honestly, it does! The beauty of the cover plates is that you can hide the hole and the paint job behind them... it gives it such a cleaner look...
Here are a few pics of the outlets, we were working with:
Exhibit A: This outlet, while it is white and the walls are painted purple, has in fact been painted over numerous times... Can you tell?
In order to get the outlets and the outlet covers off the wall and to replace them, we literally had to cut them off and chip away at the paint. Even with the screw, that holds the outlet cover to the wall, removed the cover plate which should normally fall off the wall is still attached... My mom even ended up bending an old metal one...
Can you see the painted caked on? Pretty Crazy!
Here is an outlet that we pried off the wall and that literally fell apart. When we got the outlet over off, part of the outlet came with it because it was painted together... yet another example of why not to paint your electrical outlets!!!
Lesson of the Day: DO NOT paint electrical outlets! It takes two seconds to unscrew an electrical cover and it could literally save your life! Why not do the job the right way, the first time!?
Rocking Out to: King of Anything by Sara Bareillis (I absolutely love it.... can't listen to it enough!)