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How To Make Brass Kitchen Plinths

How To Make Brass Kitchen Plinths At Home

Every chasing glamour and sophistication in my interior design aspirations I was on the hunt for Brass Plinths for my kitchen makeover. Brass is really a show stopper in kitchen design with anything from splash backs to the cupboards being clad in it. My own plinths were looking extremely tatty and I knew that a pop of gold would help to lift my design. Too much brass and it would be garish, not enough and the result would be dark and dingy. So as always Google is my friend and I duly set about researching brass kick boards. And guess what? There was nothing. Absolutely nada out there. So the only way forwards was to make my own. Here’s how to make brass kitchen plinths yourself.

 

Actually when I say there was nothing out there, that’s a tiny white lie. I did find some at a reasonable price from Superfront. The only problem though was that they are made for use in conjunction with Ikea cabinets. Sadly the dimensions were too small height wise to work with my own kitchen units. As always though I’m game for a challenge. I mean how hard can it be to make my own?? Well, I was about to find out. And now I’m going to share it with you too as it’s super easy. Not only is it relatively low  cost to do but it gives you maximum impact for your bucks too! Now that’s the sort of DIY I like.

 

So without further ado, let’s make a start. You’re actually going to love how simple and easy this is to do at home. I adore brass kitchen plinths but it took a little bit of time to work out exactly how to make them. After spending so long painting the kitchen cabinets I was in two minds at one point as to whether my idea would work. But after giving myself a kick up the backside I put on my brave pants and went for it!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE BRASS KITCHEN PLINTHS

 

 

Your Old Plinths (you could make new ones from plywood using the same method if yours are beyond redemption)

Sheet Brass (I bought mine from Ebay)

Tin Snips (Cheap as chips to buy from Toolstation)

Sticks Like Sh*t (It’s so disappointing that they’ve had to change the name)

Masking Tape

Protective Gloves

Black Indelible Marker

 

HOW TO MAKE BRASS KITCHEN PLINTHS AT HOME

 

 

It really is so simple to do. First place your Plinth face down on the wrong side of the brass sheet. Then draw carefully around it with your indelible marker. Use the tin snips to carefully cut it out whist wearing your gloves. It’s a bit like cutting out really thick card with normal scissors so not too difficult at all.

Once you have your cut out piece of brass turn your kick board right side up and apply your sticks like sh*t to the front of it. And then carefully place your brass on top. Use a little bit of masking tape to hold it in place. Them flip it over and rest something heavy on it whilst the glue dries.

Once the glue has dried remove the peel off backing that comes attached to the brass to protect it. And then fit your new snazzy Brass Plinths back to your kitchen. It really is that simple and easy to do.

 

 

How To Make Brass Kitchen Plinths

 

All in all I’m over the moon with the result. I have let mine develop a wonderful patina. But you can give them a polish with a bit of Brasso to keep them sparkly and new looking. Or you could give them a coat of high gloss spray varnish before you fit them which will help to protect the finish. That one I suppose is down to personal preference. So what do you think? Are you as happy with the result as I am? Have I inspired you to give it a try too? Please do let me know and leave a comment below. I always love hearing your feedback.

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Pauline November 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    A really interesting read, the brass plinths look stunning against your units. A job well done. Xx

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds November 28, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Pauline, I’m chuffed to bits with how they turned out, I think they give that little bit of lift help to bounce the light around too.

  • Reply Laura November 27, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    They look absolutely wonderful.

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds November 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Thank you Laura, I’m so happy to hear you love them too.

  • Reply Dimple February 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for this. I was looking for the brass plinth had the same problem re height so I’m was so grateful to find your post!

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds February 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      You’re very welcome and thank you for leaving a comment. They’re standing up really well to everyday kitchen use, still looking great a good six months after I did them.

  • Reply Nina March 11, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    These look amazing! Thinking of doing the same – what thickness was the brass sheet you used?

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds March 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you, that’s so kind of you to say. I used 0.5mm sheets which thankfully is easy to cut and cost effective too. I’d love you to email a photo if you do decide to go ahead. It was really easy to do and I still love them now.

  • Reply Olga May 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    So glad I came across this post. Your plinth looks great. I was about to buy from Superfronts but I’d need 3 of them which comes a bit pricey. Plus, the one you made looks better I think!

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds May 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      I’m so glad you liked the post. The only version I could find was Superfronts too but they were too short for my cabinets. I really enjoyed making them and they were quick and cheap to make too. Good luck x

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard November 6, 2019 at 8:45 am

    I love this project. It looks amazing. My kickboards are a state too. Maybe I need to do something like this. Brass wouldn’t work sadly but may have to look into alternatives. You are so clever!!!

    • Reply Rachel Edmonds November 6, 2019 at 8:56 am

      Aw thank you Stacey, it was a cheap way to update the kickboards plus I would never have been able to match the colour if I’d tried to source new ones. I’m sure it would work with any metal. Brushed stainless would look lovely too depending on the style of your kitchen. Mine had all blown from years of getting wet whilst mopping the floor.

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