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DIY PROJECT: Radiator Covers

DIY Weekend Project (and on a budget too!) Tired of looking at that ugly radiator? There's a solution. In less than one weekend, a handful of tools and list of materials you'll be able to turn that drab radiator into a statement piece in your home. 

Happy building! And remember you safety glasses. 

Tools and Materials:

  • plywood
  • circular saw and table saw
  • small handsaw
  • sandpaper
  • primer, paint and paintbrush
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails
  • molding
  • silver or gold metal screening
  • tin snips
  • screw gun and screws


1. Take into account the architectural style of your home when choosing a design for your radiator cover. You may want it to blend into the decor of your home.

2. Mark the design for the radiator cover’s face onto the plywood. Use a circular saw and if necessary, a hand saw to cut the design.

3. Sand and rough edges after cutting.

4. Cut the radiator’s two sides and the top from the plywood. Cut a two-inch gap at the bottom of the sides so the heat from the radiator can escape.

5. Attach all the pieces with glue and a nail gun.

6. Add molding along the top edges using glue and the nail gun. We added a 2x1 piece of poplar around the top then added a piece of skinny molding on top of that for a layered look.

7. Prime and paint the cover and let dry completely.

8. Cut the metal screen to size using tin snips. Attach the screen to the backside of cut-out design with some screws.

9. Place the cover over your radiator.


For more pictures & the complete article from HGTV, click here.

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