I am a neat freak when it comes to having a clean kitchen counter. I don't want any canisters or decor sitting around cluttering things. A consequence of keeping the counter clear is that the ugly beige switch plates were always in clear display.
I picked-up these bronze toned metal covers from Lowes for $3-4 each and used some "for metal" craft paint from Wal-mart.
I didn't have to sand or roughen the surface and the paint adhered perfectly. It only took me about an hour to paint all three of these and I have plenty of paint left over. I think I might expand and replace more covers around the house.