What sort of electrical adventures have you guys been up to lately?

updating old outlets-80

While our sunroom mojo was still running on high from accomplishing our most daring painting task to date, I quickly followed up with two small electrical updates to the room.

The first is seemingly minor, but to us makes a world of difference in making a room feel new: updating outlets.

Switching out all 9 outlets – plus two switches – took me a little over an hour.

But it made the room feel a couple decades newer to our eyes (we’ve heard of folks who spray paint their outlet covers but you can’t spray the actual outlets so in our world it was worth the $25 that we spent to update all of the covers and the outlets themselves in one long-lasting fell swoop).

And the task of replacing them is pretty straightforward too.

Maybe a bit tedious, but certainly not backbreaking.

It’s something that was especially helpful in a room like our sunroom where the off-white outlets just look dirty against the white trim.

A basic new outlet and cover plate can run you as little as -3 so it’s not a pricey update – even for an outlet-riddled room like ours (there were nine in here).

So after all those attempts (and a couple of extra trips to the home improvement store) I’ve determined that the issue is not with my light or with my fan – it’s at my ceiling.

I must be one of the lucky homeowners where the original fan installer opted not to connect the wires for the light up there, figuring they weren’t going to be used since he was just installing a fan without a light kit.

So I actually put together a little graphic tutorial for easy reference if anyone else wanted to update some outlets in their home.