It’s been over a month since I shared an update on the study, and I might have mentioned that it’s been needing some paint touch-ups, so although it’s been in use, we’ve been anxiously awaiting everything to be finally “done, done.” Well, the good news is that it’s being touched up as we speak, and I’m hoping that’s the end of this painting journey. The other good news is that we spent 5 minutes swapping out the white plastic switch plate for brass. Talk about an instant upgrade.
While plastic switches are completely practical and functional, I love the added charm of an old-timey brass plate with a toggle switch. I found this source called Buster & Punch which sells the most beautiful metal fixtures for everyday use. And that’s where I got this customized beauty, with one toggle switch and one knob–both extremely satisfying to use.
Skill-level-wise, swapping out your electrical outlets and switch plates is beginner-level. We did have an electrician swap ours out, and he said it was no different than swapping out a regular one. It doesn’t require much expertise, tools, or time, but you do need some basic electrical understanding.
Eventually, I would like to be able to upgrade all of the switchplates in our house, but I’m taking it one room at a time, simply from the budgeting perspective (this kit cost $217). I also want to make sure we totally love this specific kit enough to put it everywhere, and so far, so good.
On the other end of the budget spectrum, when we designed our kitchen, I selected this budget-friendly pack of 10 outlets and plate covers, which, IMO, are better than the white plastic. They’re still plastic, but the brass look is definitely an upgrade from the traditional builder-grade look.
Definitely recommend going with something like this if you’re needing to stretch your budget but still want to elevate the finishes in your home.
While on the hunt for brass switchplates for the study, I came across so many good options that I thought were worth sharing because where do you even shop for something like this? There are so many good ones at every price point, and I rounded them up for you.
1. Toggle Metal Wall Plate $6
2. Duplex Wall Plate $7
3. Rocker Metal Wall Plate $7
4. Beaded Double Toggle Switch Plate $10
5. Solid Wood Brass Toggle Switch Plate $13
6. Retro Brass Toggle Dimmer Switch $15
7. Lewis Single Push-Button Switch Plate $16
8. ENERLITES Elite Series Gold Wall Plate $18
9. Lewis Single Duplex Switch Plate $20
10. Wiggle Switch Plate $22-28 (variety of sizes)
11. Retro Brass Toggle Switch Socket $22
12. Old Fashioned Wooden Wall Plate $29
13. Lewis Triple Push-Button Switch Plate $32
14. Brass Light Toggle Switch Plate $55
15. ENERLITES Elite Series Outlet $47 (10-pack)
16. ENERLITES Elite Series Outlet Cover $59 (10-pack)
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