Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Homemade Kick Plate Saves Doors and $$$

A few years ago we salvaged some nice French doors and used them in our small green barn for a main entry. While the paint held well on the upper 2/3, it peeled badly on the bottom - primarily due to de-lamination that had progressed before we got them. Like most things, a simple fix is possible under the "where there's a will, there's a way" philosophy. Here's how we fixed it for pretty much free:


1) Scraped off excess peeling paint:


2) With a handy oscillating tool, cut a downward-sloping groove just above the peeling zone:


3) From some old sheet metal fashioned kick-plates the top of which would fit into the groove and the entirety of which would cover the peeled zone:



4) Using some roofing screws left over from another project, attached the new kick plates:


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Now we can run a bead of clear caulk along the top to seal the groove and then touch up the remaining, but minor, peeling zones. A bit of weathering and we will have that sought-after "patina"!

2 comments:

  1. That looks really great...you made it seem so simple too!

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  2. Steve is such a handyman. Great job.

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