How much attention do you pay to little details in your home, like the light switches and electrical outlets? The light switches especially are on my mind, since those are seen/touched/used every day. Some of the ones in our house are old and lovely.
They’re the exception though; the rest are not so great. Most of the cover plates are brass (which I like), so for now I’ve been replacing the handful of plastic ones with brass to match. The local hardware store sells them for $1-2 each, depending on the configuration.
Eventually, I would love to have all push-button style switches. You can buy them and their cover plates from a few places (, , , and all sell them), but the cost adds up pretty quickly for an entire house. My tentative plan is to replace them a few at a time as I work on individual rooms. Electrical work has always had me a bit fearful, but I’ve replaced plenty of light fixtures and this doesn’t seem any more complicated.
Part of this house’s charm lies in its hardware. The hinges and doorknobs are almost all universally beautiful here, and I think it will be worth it to bring the light switches in line with the other details.