How to paint electrical outlet plates to match granite?

Mary Ann
by Mary Ann
The tan outlet plates on the black/tan granite backsplash in my kitchen look awful! What's the best way to paint the switch plates to better blend in with the granite? Kit? Craft paint? What steps? Thanks!
Electrical outlet plate
  24 answers
  • Belinda Todd Belinda Todd on Jan 16, 2015
    It appears there is black in the granite? If so, I would buy the black receptacle and cover plate and replace it .
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 16, 2015
    Don't know about Florida, but up here we can buy dark brown at Home Depot. Easier and cheaper than black. That would be my first choice. I've also painted them with primer and ordinary paint - but not in a kitchen where they get a lot of use. Could sand a little, prime with spray on Zinzer 1-2-3 primer and then a spray top coat in whatever colour you like. Top with some poly that doesn't yellow..
  • 861650 861650 on Jan 16, 2015
    Have you thought about a 'Faux Finish" with craft paint? Use white printing paper to practice on. Looking at the colors, what about an antique bronze look? Go to your craft store & check out the colors. Or, paint it bronze & let dry. Then, sponge or paint with a soft black. Wait about a minute and lightly wipe off. Let dry. Spray or paint on some type of clear protective coating. Again, you can practice on paper. Another thought-Do you have stainless steel in your kitchen? If so, you may want to consider stainless steel plates. Okay, got another idea that I have used--wallpaper! Wallpaper comes in every type of finish that's ever been invented. I have used it to cover switch plates, small trash cans, decorative boxes, picture frames and kitchen canisters. I even made slipcovers for lamp shades. The options are endless. Hope these ideas help...Have fun!
  • Dee Dee on Jan 16, 2015
    I made a faux-finish for my switch plates by using very thin wrapping paper and basically decoupaging it on. Worked very well and lasted surprisingly long. What I actually did was lay the paper over and brushed over a thinned out application of white glue. If you cut the paper nicely you can wrap the edges under without causing any added thickness, and if you really want to go all the way, use a sponge paint application for the inner plug part.
  • Bobbie larsen Bobbie larsen on Jan 16, 2015
    there is a granite lookalike contact paper at one of the home stores-I forget if its home depot or Lowes
    • Mary Ann Mary Ann on Jan 16, 2015
      Sounds like a great solution if it matches my counters ! Thanks, Bobbie !
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 16, 2015
    If all else fails, simply turn off the power and tape plastic bags around the plate.... cover a lot of space above, below and around and then tape around it with painters tape and spray paint it.... oh yes, I would get some wooden popsickle sticks to plug the openings and for the grounding, a q tip? RustOleum makes great spray paint.... but plain old black or is that brown? Can not be sure from your pics. IF you want splotches, then you could dab some on.... use spray paint again and spray into a plastic cup old vegetable can and spotch....... just make sure you do very light sprays and yes use a sponge to dab the splotch spots. What do you think?
  • Susan Mykituik Susan Mykituik on Jan 17, 2015
    Susan Take a photo of granite and print on ordinary paper then decopage the cover.
  • Christina Christina on Jan 17, 2015
    You could buy the color plate in the hardware store. They do have blackish covers!
  • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Jan 17, 2015
    I spray painted my white plates black 10 years ago to match my dark granite, they still look great. If you want the actual outlets themselves (the plugs) you'll have to swap them out with black ones, but the plates might be enough, it was for me.
  • CK CK on Jan 17, 2015
    There's a lot of black/dark brown in your granite. I'd just get the dark brown (or black if you find them) outlet covers and switch them out. At Menards or Lowe's they're about 50 cents or less a piece. It'll probably be your easiest and least expensive 'fix'. There are times when trying to hide something that's essential makes sense. Other times, it's one of those "Hey everybody has them, how much do I really have to 'hide' them?" -) REMEMBER : even if you change the outlet cover, the outlet itself will still have white plug in 'holes'. You'll really have to change those out too if you want to have them disappear. That's also an easy fix and then they'll really disappear a bit more :-) You can paint that part (carefully!) but the more you use the outlet, the more the paint comes off and you'll see the white eventually and that'll show up a lot with your dark backsplash.
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    • Mary Ann Mary Ann on Jan 20, 2015
      Your comments were so spot-on, Connie. I went with brushed nickel plates that match my faucet and other kitchen fixtures that is nearby.
  • Tya Tya on Jan 17, 2015
    Take a photo of your counter top & print it out and cover the switch & spray on a varnish you wont even see it afterwords ,,
    • 861650 861650 on Jan 18, 2015
      @Tya Your idea is so cool, inexpensive and less time consuming! There are so many ideas now rolling around in my head. Thanks for the great idea!
  • Myrna Engle Myrna Engle on Jan 17, 2015
    Sherwin Williams has a huge selection. For any type of wall finish. They aren't cheap. About 8$ ea.
  • Ella Ella on Jan 17, 2015
    There is a lot of spray paints out there, textured etc. mybe one of those would work for your purpose...
  • Mary Ann Mary Ann on Jan 17, 2015
    Thanks everyone! I think I can solve this issue with all your great ideas!
  • Cynthia Jensen Cynthia Jensen on Jan 18, 2015
    Why not paint it black or silver?
  • Dana Stewart Dana Stewart on Jan 18, 2015
    plastikote spray paint,loads of colors to chose from.First remove cover,and cut off power supply to the plug,masque off the plug without cover,,and spray the cover separately.Worked on mine for years :-)
  • Mary Mary on Jan 18, 2015
    I used rubbing alcohol and ink refills (I use for rubberstamping) and "sponged" on the colors that were in my granite. Gives a mottled look like the granite has and then I sealed it with a resin coat. Can't barely see the outlet, blends right in! Also, you could take a picture of your granite and then transfer that photo iimage to the outlet and seal.
  • Donna Donna on Jan 20, 2015
    I removed my plates and spray painted them with "hammered bronze". Adds a nice accent to one of the colors in my granite.
  • Wglindner Wglindner on Jan 20, 2015
    Take a picture of you counter and print on regular print paper. And decompose it to the switch coat it first let it dry a little bit on put it on it an coat it a couple times.
  • DIANE DIANE on Jan 20, 2015
    wall paper samples work great!
  • MICHELLE MICHELLE on Jan 20, 2015
    I sprayed mine with a hammer paint.. I have done so much with spray paint. 2 cans and a room looks like you had a make over. I do the handles on cabinets etc... Even the tooth brush holder and soap dish..
  • Joann Belcher Joann Belcher on Jan 22, 2015
    There are clear switch plates out there. Or you could take a picture of your granite and put it on paper and then decopage it onto the switch plate.
    • Mandy Bailey Mandy Bailey on Jun 22, 2015
      @Joann Belcher where are these clear switch plates sold I have only ever found colored in Home Depot thanks!
  • Joann Belcher Joann Belcher on Jun 23, 2015
    google clear switch plates and you will get all sorts of web sites. One is I think a clear switch plate was 4.99, I know it is on the expensive side but you only need a couple. Hope this helps you.
  • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Aug 17, 2018

    With your color granite I would use the oil rubbed bronze spray paint by Rust-Oleum it looks almost black but looks great and I did a lot of switch plates with it clean them with dawn first and no other chemicals and it will stick perfect