​Transform your plug casings

​Transform your plug casings

Plug casings are seldom considered when revamping or updating a room. They can however be transformed into a striking statement piece to add the finishing touches to a room.  You can buy plug casings and light switch covers in various colours and materials these days but what to do when you have old, grimy metal ones and you don’t have the budget to replace them all?
Painting your plug casings is definitely worth considering. It doesn’t require a lot of time or skill and can really make a difference.


Using the right product for the job is key to success. If the paint does not bond with the metal it will scratch off and soon look even worse than before it was painted. Always read the application information on the product to make sure that it can be used on metal. Do you need to make use of a primer before painting?
The product used in this make-over is Plascon’s Aerolak spray paint. It is a fast-drying paint that can be used on an array of surfaces.


Choosing your colours

White is always a safe option, you can update damaged casings with a simple white. Black is a good colour to consider on patios as they tend to get dirty easier, it is also a great feature in a monochromatic space. Gold, copper and silver make for great alternatives and can tie in with most colour combinations.

Step by Step Guide

What you will need

  • Drop sheet or cardboard
  • Cloth & water
  • Mild soap or dishwashing liquid
  • Spray paint in the colour of your choice
  • Screw driver
  • Very fine sandpaper or a dish washing sponge scourer


  1. Remove the metal plug casings from the wall using a screw driver.
  2. To prepare the surface for painting clean the casings with a cloth and water, using a mild soap if need be. If the surface of the casing is very glossy you might want to sand it lightly with either very fine sandpaper or a dish washing sponge scourer. Wait for the casings to dry properly before moving to the next step.
  3. Always read the instructions on the paint can or tin before you start using the product. Protect the surrounding area using a drop sheet or piece of cardboard.
  4. Apply the first coat of paint. Never spray downwards when using a spray paint, this way you will avoid getting drops on the surface you are painting. Keep the can in an upright position approximately 25-40 cm away from the surface you want to paint. Apply the paint by spraying back and forth, repeating this motion till the whole surface is covered.
  5. Follow the instructions for waiting for the surface to dry on the can, before repeating step 4. Leave the paint to dry as per the can instructions.


All the items used for this make-over are available from your closest TrenDIY store. There are also experts in-store that will be able to assist with any questions you might have.