Let’s consider for a minute how expensive it can be to replace all of the outlet covers in your entire house.
A lot, right? I’m making updates to the outlet covers in the bedrooms of our house as part of a refreshening effort. In my home, all of the outlet covers (and switch covers, and trim too) had been painted over with a paint sprayer. And not just once, but numerous times over numerous decades so that they were basically one with the painted surface of the wall. Removing them was one thing (it had to be done with an utility knife to avoid doing wall damage), but once I got started, I found that the plates themselves were actually really quality product. Stainless steel, and a heavier steel than I was used to encountering at that.
Instead of ditching them all and spending approximately $60 (for modest covers, not ornate ones with detail), I decided to clean them up and refinish them myself. They turned out so great, I hope it’s an effort worth your time too.
If you’re looking to go down a different path, you can also cover the outlet plates with tape, or decoupage over them creatively.