I would argue that another inexpensive way to refresh a room is to replace the electrical outlets, switches and cover plates. Many times when you buy a home more than 10 years old, the outlets are pretty beat up with paint and dirt or they're an undesirable dirty ivory color. As I was prepping to paint my daughter's room, I noticed how nasty the outlets and switches had become.
The process is not as difficult as you might think, but I can't legally encourage you to do it on your own without a licensed electrician, so I will just show you exactly what I did. For easy to follow instructions on how to replace outlets and switches and additional information, click here.
1. TURN OFF THE POWER TO THE ROOM.
2. TAKE THE COVER PLATE OFF.
3. REMOVE THE SCREWS HOLDING THE OUTLET OR SWITCH TO THE WALL.
4. PULL THE OUTLET OUT FROM THE WALL.
6. REMOVE WIRES FROM OLD OUTLET. Note that black is always hot and white is neutral.7. ATTACH WIRES TO NEW OUTLET.
9. DOUBLE CHECK WORK.
10. ATTACH CONNECTED NEW OUTLET TO THE WALL.
11. ATTACH NEW COVER PLATE.
12. TURN ON POWER.
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