All of the outlets provided by Unico are a high-quality white plastic. Now white works just fine on the second floor where the ceilings are painted white. But white just doesn't make it against our antique pumpkin pine floor boards. What to do?? I priced unfinished wood outlets on-line and they range from $37 to $78 each depending on the choice of wood. That gets real pricey when you consider we have 18 floor outlets between the addition and the existing house.
I was told the outlets are paintable, so the guys gave me one to tinker with. I've done false graining before, so I put down a base coat of yellow ochre (oil-based paint) and waited for it to dry. Over that I used a raw umber glaze, adding some streaks of Van Dyke brown and some Venetian Red since our pine floors have some red in them. I worked these in with a dry brush, smudging and streaking as needed to create a wood-grain look. This was done out in our workshop. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and will be painting the rest once I'm sure the guys are done fussing with them. I'll be able to match them more closely than the sample because I'll be painting them in place.
|My false-grained cover looks a whole lot better than the white one against our pumpkin pine flooring!|