Good Questions: Radiator Cover Up Help?

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Hello AT,

I need to do something with my radiators.

They are not like any I have seen before. Does anybody have any ideas for me? I really don’t like the wood radiator covers I have seen in most ads, they just don’t look contemporary enough for my taste.

These are made of metal as is the windowsill, although the windowsill is not a nice kind of metal that could be refinished. Any ideas or would be appreciated.

Thanks! Kelly

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Dear Kelly,

Hmmm. We’re going in for a short answer and see what others say.

If you rent: we would simply paint them to match your wall or your trim in semi-gloss and leave it at that. They are about as minimal as you can get for an old, prefab radiator cover and the best small improvement would be not to obssess over them.

If you own: Blow these out! Get a cabinetmaker to build you a really nice cover that will also create a deeper window sill. With a nice top piece coming from the window out about 16″ and then heading to the floor, you would nave a very attactive new space for objects or even – possibly – a window seat.

Anyone else????