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Hallway Intervention | How to Dress Up Your Radiator

Our front hallway was an eyesore. It’s not very big, and quickly our ugly brown radiator became a catch all for junk; from wet winter boot liners in the winter to garden gloves, and running shoes in the summer. It needed some sprucing up, and I needed some cheering up. I had been to a friend’s house where she had painted her radiators pink in her daughter’s room and I was immediately inspired. Who says the radiator had to stay the builder brown that it had been since the house was built in 1910?

By: Janet New

I have some retro-looking yellow metal stools (from Target), that you immediately see when you walk in the house so I chose a yellow that matched for my radiator. Speaking with my contractor, he said the Tremclad Rust Paint would be fine for the radiator as it doesn’t get too hot.

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Let me share a tip with you. Don’t use spray paint like I did to start. I have never used spray paint, and according to the staff at Home Depot the paint wouldn’t spread more than 12 inches. Boy, were they wrong. I taped off the area two foot area around just to be safe, and while I was spraying it looked pretty good however when I went to clean up I noticed that my wood floor did not look as shiny as it used to. I then discovered to my horror that the yellow spray paint had indeed spread! About 6-8 feet in fact. I spent the next hour vigorously cleaning the walls and floor with varsol. I went back to Home Depot and got the can of paint and applied the next two coats with a brush. All together I applied three coats with a 24 hour drying period between coats.

I then topped it off with an Ikea Lack wall shelf (which I had to cut a bit to fit around the door frame. But I think the result looks amazing!

Materials:

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