3 Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Radiator

Earlier this month I moved into my first radiator-heated apartment. The 100+ year old apartment has some interesting qualities… including old paint chipped radiators. Bumps in the road like these less-than-perfect radiators are certainly a design challenge.

Luckily there are a few things you can do to liven up your radiators with little hassle. If you're like me and don't want to give your management company the satisfaction of full-on renovations, there are little tweaks you can make to your radiators to revamp their look!

1. Paint your radiators: HGTV has a great tutorial for painting them, but you can do some truly wonderful things when painting your radiators. Make them look like a focal point rather than a giant design obstruction.

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2. Add shelving: I think this is a well-known secret, but it certainly adds a nice touch. Rather than just adding a single shelf to the top of your radiator, why not create multiple shelves or even an entire shelving unit around your radiator?

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3. Build a radiator cover: This Old House has an easy DIY for this. It's fairly simple and think about the possibilities! There's such a wide array of colors and textures you could use for your radiator cover.

Images: Wary Meyers Decorative Arts, Covet Garden Magazine via Poppytalk, This Old House

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