Switch Plate Switcheroo

The backsplash in the master bathroom is now 2″ by 4″ white marble tile.

The switchplate painted “Coventry Gray” does not look good over the marble tile.

The grey switchplate that was there when the wall behind it was grey just didn’t look right to me.  Charlie didn’t object.

For $22 I could have found one at The Tile Shop which is where I bought the marble backsplash tile.

My first thought was to find a matching marble switchplate.

Outlet plates

However I had 2 switchplates leftover from the renovation: one shiny white and one brushed stainless.

The vanity and backsplash by day.
The same space at night.

Since our fixtures in the master bath are shiny chrome the brushed stainless didn’t look right so I went with shiny white.

How do you deal with necessary (but mundane) decorative details?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Switch Plate Switcheroo”

    1. All the kitchen and bathroom outlets are GFCI here, too. When I asked the electrician why some look different he said you can put in a single GFCI and then wire additional standard outlets to the “LOAD” output from the single GFCI. This provides the same protection as having a GFCI at each location. Jo

  1. The real marble plate is kinda pricey, so faux painting might be a good solution. It’d bug me that there is a matching switch plate out there, though. I agree with Chad, the old outlet has to be updated, too!

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