Custom Wood Radiator Covers by Rick - Dover Condo Transformation Part 9

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

For those of you who hate those metal radiators, or for those of you that have a property with radiators with dented, rusted or missing parts...this post is for you.

Our most recent project has been a bank owned condo, which needed a lot of work.

One of the more satisfying projects during our condo transformation was to build custom radiator covers. 


Several of the existing radiators were missing parts.

After a visit to Home Depot and a search through the

internet for replacement parts, we discovered just how

expensive it would be to restore them. 

 Radiator before                    




My husband, Rick, decided to make custom

radiator covers using wood.  They were not that

difficult or expensive to build and he used trim

pieces that we had on hand. Best of all, they

 look beautiful!


Radiator After




Here is a closeup showing the 1 x 5 pine

used for the top and end pieces.  Trim casing was

used for the front. 

He left space above and below the casing board

for air circulation.

radiator close up





For more on this condo transformation:

Original "Before" photos of entire condo

Part 2  Dog Hair in the Microwave

Part 3  A New Door and More Paint

Part 4  Kitchen Tile, Nasty Carpet, Nana's Dresser

Part 5  Nana's Dresser Goes Heavy Metal

Part 6  What a Difference a Light Makes

Part 7  You Don't Always Get it Right The First Time 

Part 8  From Charming to Functional Using Shelves

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Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS
Great tip, and great idea for a series. I'm about to check out your other posts.
Mar 29, 2008 01:03 PM #1
Sandy Ridgway
Designs For You - Columbus, OH
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You knew I wouldn't miss this one!  What a great idea.  Looks so easy and not expensive either.  Showed the pics to my husband and assured him that he would be building them for me if needed!  Sharon, you really should check out my latest posting on the toilet seat cover that I found.  Maybe you and your daughter would like one just like it for the condo!  Hmmmmm.  Trust me, it will give you both a good laugh!
Mar 29, 2008 01:57 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jason   Thank you.  I usually post links to the past posts in the series and I forgot this time, sorry.

Sandy  Happy as always to hear from you!  Sounds like your husband is handy, good for you!  If he has any questions I can hook him up with my husband for more detailed instruction.  I went to your blog and it says you haven't posted.  Where is the post re: toilet seat?

Mar 29, 2008 03:05 PM #3

wood insulator

Oct 10, 2008 12:05 AM #4
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Isn't that a fire hazard?

Feb 01, 2009 11:21 PM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Will:  Not at all.  We used molding trim pieces.  The same trim pieces are often used along the floor directly behind and against radiators.  Also, consider older homes with the big steam radiators that have wooden covers used to hide them.  They are actually quite safe.

Feb 02, 2009 12:01 AM #7

I have been looking online for a couple months for an easy fix to the ugly, rusty metal radiators in my remodeled bath.  This is it!  They look great and wow, how easy can a bit of carpentry be??  Thank you so much.  Your husband is a genius.

Jul 13, 2010 05:26 AM #9
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Linda:  Sorry to hear that it took so long for you to find the post, but I'm glad it was helpful!  My husband will love hearing that he is a genius!  Good luck with your project.  I would love to hear how it turns out.

Jul 13, 2010 06:10 AM #10
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