Diamond plate decor is a popular, versatile, and durable way to bring an industrial look home. True diamond plate is a metal with a pattern of raised, textured lines on it forming a cross-hatching pattern. It is used in commercial businesses like auto shops and warehouses to make flooring that is tough and non-slip. Often it is seen in places that have a lot of oil on the floor. It is also used on truck bumpers for long-lasting wear. Diamond plate is usually made from steel or aluminum. The aluminum can be left burnished or it can be highly polished, depending on the look the homeowner is going for. Steel is often high-gloss from the factory.
Diamond plate décor can be found on kitchen backsplashes, countertops, stair steps, wall trim, flooring, shelving, molding, tool boxes, switch plates, door kick plates, corner guards, trash cans, clocks, baseboards, towel holders, and flooring transition strips, just to name a few. There are fun diamond plate inspired items as well, like rugs made with a diamond plate pattern. Diamond plate décor even makes an appearance on the Oregon Ducks football team uniforms.
Walls can be decorated in diamond plate décor wallpaper. Simply purchase enough plates to cover the wall, and be sure any mounting holes needed are drilled first. Then, affix the plates to the wall. Headboards can be made from diamond plate as well. Once the diamond plate is lined up with the bed, mark it where the screw holes will need to go, then drill them out. Attach the plate to the bed frame, and voila! An industrial look comes home.
Diamond plate décor can be created with metal and wood. First, measure the diamond plate to the desired size and cut it. Second, use screws or nails to affix the plate onto the wood. The finished item can then be painted to match another item in the room, or it can be left as is to provide a very urban look.
Before using diamond plate steel, an oil coat may need to be removed first. The oil is applied at the time of manufacture to keep the metal from rusting. Diamond plate can be painted but the oil has to be taken off first. It can be removed with paint thinner and a stiff brush. Once the oil has broken down, the plate will need to be cleaned to remove the paint thinner. Dry the plate with a soft cloth and leave it to thoroughly finish air drying. Then prime and paint like any other metal. Care should be taken to be sure that rust protection is put back on steel plates, or that it is kept in a moisture-reduced environment. Aluminum plates do not have that problem since aluminum does not rust.
Steel diamond plate can be cut by angle grinders or metal saws, and pieces can be welded together. Aluminum is softer, so care should be taken to be sure to keep the metal cool while cutting.
Diamond plate décor is a fun way to create a unique look and give ordinary spaces something special for not a lot of money.