Adding edge protectors to kitchen walls

Has anyone added long edge protectors to their kitchen walls (entrances into the kitchen)? I am wondering how to install them w/out having the screws/nails crack the drywall--b/c the edges of the walls have that steel reinforcement going on underneath the drywall. I'm just finishing off repainting our kitchen, & this time we bought edge protectors--we have 6 wall edges that need them installed. Thanks!
q adding edge protectors to kitchen walls, kitchen design, wall decor, This is our kitchen There are 2 entrances into it There are 3 walls which we need to protect from chips dings Ea wall has 2 edges
This is our kitchen. There are 2 entrances into it. There are 3 walls, which we need to protect from chips & dings. Ea. wall has 2 edges
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  • Shari Shari on Aug 26, 2013
    The edge protectors I've used in the past (in my former home) were clear plastic. I believe my husband just attached them with some dabs of clear silicone caulk. It was nearly invisible and held just fine.

  • Z Z on Aug 26, 2013
    You can buy the clear plastic ones that have an adhesive already on them. Just peal off the paper and press in place.

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    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Sep 03, 2013
      @Z Thanks--that was my concern: cracking the plaster...never got as far to thinking through the 'coming loose" part. I'll talk to dh--I'm sure he will be happy that we don't have to mess around w/screws. Plus, I'll even let him have the screws for his 'collection'. lol

  • Shari Shari on Aug 26, 2013
    Ahhh, now it all comes back to me after reading Becky's comment. Our edge protectors had the peel and stick adhesive but it only works if the walls are smooth. In our former home, the walls were plaster with a light textured finish. The adhesive wasn't enough to hold securely due to high and low areas in the plaster surface. They popped loose right away, thus the need for a few dabs of silicone caulk. If you have some other kind of edge protector without the peel and stick backing (which I suspect you must since your question indicates you're unsure how to affix them), I would think the silicone caulk would work to hold them in place without screws or nails. By the way, pretty paint color on your walls. :)

    • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Sep 03, 2013
      @Shari Thanks. We love the aqua colour on the walls. Next step is to repaint the cabinets--keeping them white, but it will freshen things up & eliminate the dingey look that they have acquired!

  • Becky P Becky P on Aug 26, 2013
    we have used edge protectors also, they were peel and stick and held up just fine.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Sep 03, 2013
    The edge protectors we purchased are also clear plastic. However, they do not have peel & stick features, but they have screws--approx. 1 1/4 in. long. Our walls have a light 'orange peel' texture, but I'm thinking that Shari's idea re: using dabs of clear silicone may be the way to go. TY for all your feedback.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Sep 14, 2013
    I need a clarification about a response: For those who used clear silicone, how visible is it--even 'dries clear' products rarely dry totally clear? & did you put the silicone on in a fine line or did you 'dot' it on? If putting small dots of silicone, how far apart did you space them? DH is concerned that there will be visible spots of silicone, that would ruin the look of the med. aqua paint. Any suggestions re: application of the clear silicone? & did you put it directly on the wall & then slide the edge protectors onto it? Thanks!

  • Shari Shari on Sep 14, 2013
    Elizabeth, we used dots of silicone, not one continuous line. As far as how many dots... sorry but I don't specifically remember how many because it was quite a few years ago and in a house where we no longer live. I'd say it will depend on how long your edge protectors are. If they are 3 feet or less, 3 or 4 dots on each side of the L should most likely be enough (and you'll probably need to hold them tightly in place with painters tape until the silicone has cured). The silicone was slightly visible if you were standing there staring at the edge protectors but really, who is going to do that? I will say I am about as "OCD" about some things as you can get and these dots of silicone did not bother me in the least. I really didn't pay any attention to them and I doubt anyone else did either. In my opinion, for what it's worth, the edge protectors are going to be a lot more noticeable to people than the silicone will ever be. Maybe you could do a test by putting just one up with silicone to start with, just to see how it looks to your husband once it has dried. I think he will see that a few small dots of silicone are going to be far less noticeable than if you used the screws that came with your edge protectors. I don't think my obsessive-compulsive self would like seeing the screws, at all.

  • Diane Read Diane Read on Mar 10, 2015
    We used plastic projectors that had a removal paper to glue them onto the corner. They can be found in the wall paper area of your home supply store. Depending upon your budget, I would put in "wood" molding instead. It looks so much nicer than the plastic. Good luck.

  • Darlenegreen Darlenegreen on Jul 03, 2015
    I love them and we went ahead and got them in dark brown and they look fine in a kitchen which is yellow with dark brown. Sure helps with kids and bumping the corners... worth every penny. Just use silicone or whatever will work on your kind of background.

  • Barbara Valenti Barbara Valenti on Jul 10, 2015
    I used the clear and I also used some form of glue or whatever I forgot right now. I them painted over them, the same color as the walls, which was a beige color. Been there for about 4 years and still look great. My bar stool would hit the door edge so this worked wonders.