May 28, 2014

DIY Radiator Cover Tutorial

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I am completely in love with our kitchen transformation – but there was one corner that I left out of all of the pictures.  Our radiator sits in the back corner of our kitchen, and takes up valuable space.  I really didn’t have a problem with how it looked, but realized that the space could be used a lot more efficiently if we had a radiator cover that doubled as another surface.  

 DIY radiator cover tutorial

I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner – I am in LOVE with this little corner now, and it makes the room seem truly finished now!  

This was a weekend project, and cost us around $100.  Not too bad for this transformation!  We did our own version of this tutorial – it was super helpful.  

Materials needed for this project (affiliate links included)

We measured out the area around the radiator, making sure to add 2-3 inches all around for appropriate air flow.  We had our local hardware store cut down MDF for the front and the sides of the cover.  Once we got it home, we marked out a 4 inch frame and little “legs”.  Then we drilled pilot holes and used a jigsaw to cut out the inner square:

Now it was time to add the pretty aluminum sheeting to the middle of the MDF frame.  I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced to adhere the metal to the MDF – it’s perfect for this kind of mixed material project. It’s heavy duty and will hold up really well with the radiator heat during the winter.

I used a few staples from my staple gun to clamp the aluminum to the MDF – and it’s now super solid.  We also added two pieces of scrap wood to the back of the frame to make a fourth side.

Once the sheeting & the back was in place, we cut trim molding down to fit inside the MDF frame.  This really gives it a more finished look.  I filled in the imperfections with wood filler:


After a few hours, I hand-sanded the wood filler and the sides of the MDF


I then rolled 3 coats of white paint onto the cover, and we put it into place.  


It fits perfectly!


Then I added stained poplar wood to the top & a piece of sheet metal to the back to radiate the heat out into the room:


Then I stood back & admired this pretty little corner:



I’m honestly in love with it, and I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner!  Now I want to cover every radiator in our home!

I love the difference & added functionality of this space now:

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DIY radiator cover tutorial 


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  1. Absolutely love how this turned out! It makes such a big difference to have a surface that you can put things on, vs. the old radiator. It’s the perfect compliment to your new kitchen space. 🙂

  2. Courtney O'Dell says:

    Christina!! This is gorgeous. And looks really easy! Um… so you’re making a room for me in your house, right? Cause I am LOVING all of your updates.

  3. Question for you – can you please be more specific, or show a picture of where to put the sheet metal?



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  2. […] We all have radiators at home but now we don’t use them as it’s warm. Perhaps your radiator spoils the room interior, so what can you do to avoid that? Let’s hide it making a radiator cover! You’ll need MDF, aluminum sheeting, a jigsaw, a trim molding, a miter saw, Elmer’s ProBond Advanced, wood glue, a wood filler, poplar board, paint, wood stain, polyurethane. Measure out the area around the radiator, making sure to add 2-3 inches all around for appropriate air flow. Then drill pilot holes and use a jigsaw to cut out the inner square. Add the pretty aluminum sheeting to the middle of the MDF frame. Continue reading the rest of the tutorial here. […]

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