May 21, 2019 Latest Update


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DAP Products is to be commended for sponsoring this article. Hey, buddies! You might recall that we recently updated the color and hardware on our front door, and we are still completely smitten. However, something was missing. For our door, we still required a kick plate. While installing the new door hardware, we actually bought one and got halfway through installing it when we found the screw holes didn’t match the old kick plate holes. If we had fitted it, the door would have about 50 screw holes, and we found that we didn’t like the look of all those protruding screw heads anyhow. Our front door hasn’t had a kick plate since we returned it, so.

But then I eventually came up with a kick plate design that would look much better AND be screw-free. When I suggested it, Joe probably thought I was a little crazy, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what would happen when I started cutting either. But everything went perfectly! Continue reading to discover how to create a DIY kick plate that is far cooler than ones you can purchase from a store.

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How to Make a Kick Plate at Home (AND ATTACH IT WITHOUT USING SCREWS) Foam paintbrush AA1 Steps in Rigid brayer Click the link below to get a video overview of this project.

1) Determine the region of your door where the kick plate will be installed. Clean the same area thoroughly and allow it to fully dry.

2) Measure, mark, and cut your aluminum sheet. We were able to keep the banding along the top and side borders because our door is 36 inches wide. Prior to moving on to the next stage, MAKE SURE TO DRY FIT IT TO VERIFY YOUR SIZE IS PERFECT.

3) Apply your DAP Gel Contact Cement with a foam paintbrush to the proper spot on your door as well as the rear of your aluminum sheet. Follow the directions on the contact cement can and give it the necessary time to dry. Pay close attention to the necessary temperature requirements as well.

4) After the appropriate amount of time has passed, carefully align your aluminum sheet with the bottom of your door. You should align the bottom of the kick plate on both corners while holding the aluminum piece perpendicular to the door. Once you’re certain it’s level, move it up so the entire sheet touches your door. We used both hands to make sure everything was flawless, therefore I don’t have any pictures of this process. You kind of have to get it perfect the first time because once contact is made, it connects immediately.

5) Press down firmly on your kick plate’s whole surface using a hard brayer. Joe held the door in place while I pressed firmly by standing behind it. Make sure your kick plate is in really excellent touch with the ground throughout.

I’m done now! I love the burst of gold on our front door and am overjoyed with how it turned out. With the blue, it looks really lovely!

If you like this concept, be sure to pin it to Pinterest or Facebook so you can locate it later. Be sure to get my free guide on The Failproof Way to Pick Paint Colors for Your Home if you intend to paint your front door as well so you can choose the ideal color the first time!

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