UPDATE: We did this the first time without a clear coat of paint and many of the switch plates were chipping so we scuffed the switch plates again, painted them and sprayed a clear coat on top of them. Hopefully they will last now. DIY Oil Rubbed Bronze switch plates... Why spend all the extra money on new plates when you can paint existing plates? I hope this works.
COFFEE TABLE UPDATE: Idea from an earlier pin...sand old wood furniture, do first coat of stain (following stain directions), lay lace on DRY stain and spray paint over the top (I used a metallic paint "Nickel" to give it some shine) then do the second coat of stain over the spray paint after it is dry. Don't forget to WIPE OFF stain after it has sat for a few minutes...restaining over a light color spray paint will make everything coordinate to the same color palette, clear coat and done!