Friday, October 28, 2011

Kick Plate Baking Sign...

I wanted to share this quick tutorial on the BAKING sign I have on top of the baking center I just finished. Click here for the baking center made from an old desk post.

I made this sign from a kick plate from our front door. Easy project and it was free!!

What's a kick plate? It's the metal strip at the bottom of some doors that protects the door and the paint.

We just put this new shiny one on last month because...

the other one looked like this.

Don't get me wrong,  I love the patina of this one...the way it has different colors and textures. Just didn't look great next to a shiny brass door knob.

How did it get that way? When this one went on the door about 10 years ago...stupid me didn't know there was a protective plastic sheet that I should have pull off.

Ten years of beat sun melted that plastic in to this work of art!! Lol.

I know all of you don't have this exact piece of metal to make a sign, but remember to think outside the box.

How about...
  • an old piece of wood
  • an old metal tray
  • a picture frame
  • an old wooden shelf
  • the drawer front from an old dresser
anything you have hanging around will work with this technique.

I just printed the letters that I needed on Microsoft Word. So many different fonts to choose from and you can even change the color. I used the font Georgia at size 440.

I went to Staples office supply to buy a package of 4 inch letters and it was $10.00. Sorry, but no thanks!

Just print them off yourself.

I just used regular printer paper, but maybe next time I'll use a heavier card stock.

Just cut the letters out and either Mod Podge it on or I used Elmer's glue with a few drops of water added to it to thin it out. Having it a little thinner helped spread the glue on the thin paper.

I didn't spread glue on the front. Didn't want to press my luck with ripping the letters when they were wet.

You can use this idea for anything...
  • your family name
  • a child's name for their room
  • sign for your laundry room
  • kitchen
  • game room
Have fun looking around and creating your own sign!


  1. Very cool. I was wondering where you had gotten your Baking sign ;-)

  2. Yeah well I'm just sayin' that looks fantastic - now where can I find a kick plate :)

  3. We changed our kick plate a year ago. I kept it, but didn't know what I was going to do with it. Now I know! Thanks!!

  4. I have a brand new bottle of Mod Podge and now I know what else I can do with it! Thanks for having such a creative spirit and bless you for sharing it with us!

  5. Oh, that's a good recycling idea! I thought it was a weathered board from the pictures. Thanks for the cute idea!

  6. Great idea, and I also have a couple kick plates sitting in the garage. What word should I use.......maybe QUILT : )

  7. SO pretty. I love your desk. Great post I will be back tommorrow to see what you are up to next!

  8. Darn, I just threw one of these away. Oh well...a missed opportunity. Yours looks really cool.

  9. I love it and you make it look so easy! Only problem I have is that I can't get a larger type than 72 on my Microsoft Word - what am I doing wrong? Lol
    Your blog is so inspiring.

  10. You are so creative. I love this one.I want to make one for the holidays.

  11. You can also print out letters (just as you did) and then use carbon paper to trace them onto the sign. Go over the carbon prints of the letters with your choice of craft paint and a tiny brush.


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