Friday, September 19, 2014

Remodelista discusses flush outlets

Remodelista has a great series of articles on outlets.  The first article provides strategies for placing electrical outlets in living rooms.  The second article discusses the options for flush-mount outlets, including DesignMod's Smoothline® flush-mount outlets.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Smoothline Installation in Process Photos

Here are a few photos of a major house renovation on the Long Island sound that is using Smoothline wall plates throughout the house.  We can't wait to see the project after completion.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Painting Smoothine outlet covers

We are often asked if Smoothline cover plates can be painted.  The answer is yes -- with some care.  Give the face of the wall plate a light sanding with a fine wet/dry paper to remove the gloss.  Then make sure the parts are clean.  Then spray the parts with a quality primer and paint such as Krylon, following the paint manufacturer's recommendations.

With care, the result is a outlet cover that matches the outlet or wall.  Visit for more information on Smoothline wall plates.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Coming this fall, the Smoothline flush-mount outlet cover for wood installations

We are going through UL certification on our new Smoothline flush-mount wall plate system for wood.  This will be a great addition to the line.  Ideal for installation on wood walls and in custom cabinetry, the system will allow outlets, switches and any item that utilizes a decorator shape insert to be mounted flush with the wood surface.

Here's a sneak peak at the system.

Smoothline flush-mount wall plate system for wood installation steps

The wood is cut out for the junction box.  Then using a template that will be available from DesignMod, the wood is routed out to make room for a flange.  The junction box is then inserted, the Smoothline wood flange is inserted, and the outlet, switch or accessory connection is inserted.  Then the final Smoothline flush outlet cover is snapped in place.

Smoothline flush-mount outlet cover for wood

The result is a very clean and perfectly flush outlet.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The new Smoothline flush-mount wall plate for wood

DesignMod is excited to announce it's new Smoothline flush-mount wall plate system for wood installations. The system is available in white for one-gang installations.

The system is a perfect way to install outlets in baseboards and wood-covered walls.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Nice example of a Smoothline wall plate

Here's a nice example of a 4-gang Smoothline wall plate for drywall using a variety of switch styles.

4-gang Smoothline flush-mount wall plate

Smoothline flush switchplates will work with any decorator shape insert, including switches, outlets and A/V accessories.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Smoothline wall plate retrofit

This is a great example of a retrofit of a Smoothline flush-mount wall plate in a bathroom where a GFCI outlet is required.

The old outlet was upside down, painted over, and generally unsightly.

Old 1-gang GFCI outlet

Fortunately, the junction box was set behind the drywall, leaving room for the Smooth line flush mount wall flange.  The cover and outlet have been removed and the drywall is marked to be cut out to fit the Smoothline wall flange.

1-gang retrofit with outlet removed, ready for drywall to be cut

With the drywall cutout to size, the flange has been test fit and marked for level.

Smoothline flush mount wall flange attached to drywall

The final product is a flush wall plate that blends into the Benjamin Moore pure white wall.

Smoothline 1-gang flush wall plate with GFCI outlet

And from the side the flush outlet cover and outlet nearly disappears into the wall.

Smoothline 1-gang flush wall plate with GFCI outlet

As part of the bathroom remodel, the Smoothline flush wall plate is a huge improvement over the original installation.