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The people I bought this place from used rollers to paint the whole place Pepto-Bismol Pink.

And some people wonder why I got such a deal on it! :haha:

In any case, in addition to the walls, they roller-painted all the electric sockets. Meaning I have a mess of Pepto-Bismol Pink electric sockets. Which clash terribly with the sophisticated, muted yet cheery color scheme I've conjured up to chase off the Pepto Pink.

I've soaked all the face plates and gotten the paint off them. But now I want the paint off the electric sockets, too.

Is there any easy way to do this? Or do I have to continue meticulously chipping away at them with my nail file?
 

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Or paint faces on them.
:haha: I'm surprised the previous owners didn't do that, given some of the other stuff they did!

Okay. Well, I'm not about to turn off the breakers because it's almost suppertime and I'm hungry and I need my afternoon tea and I'm cooking dinner. So guess I'm just going to have to keep going after them with the nail file. :waa:
 

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Are we talking plain old porcelain light sockets? I don't even mess with trying to get paint off, I just replace them. They cost about a dollar apiece, and I like to check the electrical connections anyway and replace wire nuts at the same time.
 

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Are we talking plain old porcelain light sockets? I don't even mess with trying to get paint off, I just replace them. They cost about a dollar apiece, and I like to check the electrical connections anyway and replace wire nuts at the same time.
But bare - I'm cheap. :D

Besides, with the money you're thinking I ought to spend on new sockets, I'm buying vintage light fixtures.

:yeeha:

Let me tell you people, the people who sold me this place thought they were dumping a lemon.

:haha:

Whenever I see them, though, they're usually looking a little green at the gills about it all these days. :yeeha:
 

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Jeeze, how many fixtures are we talking here?

I'm cheap too, but my time is worth something. Besides if you throw them in your yardsale pile and price them at 3.00 each, you'll find someone that absolutely MUST have pepto-dismal pink porcelain light fixtures and will be happy to pay your price.
 

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Jeeze, how many fixtures are we talking here?
Oddly enough, a whole mess of them. I swear, there's a light socket every foot or so.

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I'm cheap too, but my time is worth something.
Well, there's that. But still ... for a couple dollars, I can get perfectly wonderful old glass light shades and globes to replace the higeous plastic stained ones here. Yeeelch.

Besides if you throw them in your yardsale pile and price them at 3.00 each, you'll find someone that absolutely MUST have pepto-dismal pink porcelain light fixtures and will be happy to pay your price.
Except that I'm too cheap to replace them and would rather spend that money on dusty old glass light fixtures at the junk store, fixtures that just need a nice little bath in the sink. :)
 

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I've used steal wool. The SOS pads, just make sure you do it after supper as you do want to turn the breakers off.
 

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I've used steal wool. The SOS pads, just make sure you do it after supper as you do want to turn the breakers off.
::lightbulb:: Wow. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks! I think that will do the trick!
 

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You're welcome. What's for supper?
It's almost done and I am SOOOO HUNGRY!

It's an easy supper tonight because I've just spent two days painting those popcorn ceilings ( ::rant:: ::rave:: ). And I have five more rooms to go ( ::rant:: ::rave:: ).

So, tonight it's homemade lemonade and frittata made with very well cooked sweet onion (caramelized) and some avocado tossed in the pot just long enough to heat it.

I'm considering whooping up some pumpkin bread a little later. i mean, it IS a holiday. And what better an excuse to eat some good butter than hot bread? :D
 

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Ssshhh! She's busy!
 

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:haha:

Actually, I AM busy -- desperately trying to grade a bunch of papers for tomorrow AND finish my lesson plans ...

... which, of course, if why I'm here! :haha:

But, no, I haven't gotten a chance to do it yet. I've gotten the room mostly painted but had to stop today to return to the real world :waa: :waa: :waa: .
 

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countrygrrrl said:
:haha:

Actually, I AM busy -- desperately trying to grade a bunch of papers for tomorrow AND finish my lesson plans ...

... which, of course, if why I'm here! :haha:

But, no, I haven't gotten a chance to do it yet. I've gotten the room mostly painted but had to stop today to return to the real world :waa: :waa: :waa: .

Oh, dear, I'm sorry. I had no idea. :(
 

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No apology necessary. :)

Believe me, grading is a task which requires lots of breaks ... as does figuring out ways to cohesively explain in a single lecture MLA format, the geopolitics of pre-WWI England :confused: :confused: , major grammatical errors, Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allen Poe. And that's only one class.

Which may help you understand why I appreciate the breaks so much. :haha:
 

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Oh piffle, if you think the gal needs a break now, just wait until she starts steel-wooling all those light fixtures.
 

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bare said:
Oh piffle, if you think the gal needs a break now, just wait until she starts steel-wooling all those light fixtures.
One good break deserves another.
 
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