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Cover Up

by - Monday, July 13, 2009

Still working on a few bits and pieces to finish up Chloe's room. We've been pondering how to finish off the radiator cover for a while now. We considered metal mesh at first but the edges are sharp and Chloe may be poking her little fingers into those holes. Another option was thin wood strips, maybe 1.5" wide. This would work but its a bit labour intensive to to cut prime and paint all those strips so we kept looking. Then HandyMan found this product, Octoperf, which is a perforated wood product. It can be painted, stained, and easily cut. Just what we're looking for! It also comes in large sheets which is great because we'd order enough to finish all the other radiator covers around the house.

Here are some samples of the designs available. HandyMan put a coat of primer on so we could see how they would look in the window seat. All we have to do is pick a design. Which one do you like?

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26 comments

  1. I like the last one best :)

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  2. i like the last one...but will fewer holes let less heat out?

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  3. I like the middle one. A little less "cutsey".

    I was wondering about the heat too, if the radiator is almost all covered, won't the cover get quite warm but the room stay cold?

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  4. Oooh - I love the second one! I think the pattern will be most defined from a distance (first and third will get a little lost from across the room...)

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  5. I like the third one best definitely.
    Goes with the rest of the (beautiful) nursery.

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  6. #2 appeals to me the most.

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  7. I like the first two, just because I think it will let more heat through. That said, you can't go wrong with any of the choices!

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  8. Already thinking like a real mom worrying about cut fingers on Chloe , good senses.
    I love the 3rd one too , best of the bunch .

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  9. I like #3 Hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  10. #3, but I don't have a clue about radiators (California wuss....)

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  11. I like the last one the best.

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  12. I like the last one the best! =)

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  13. Seems to be the consensus...the last one with the groups of 4 holes. Should be very nice!

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  14. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Adding another vote for #3. A crowd favorite, it seems.

    Love your attention to detail!

    jbhat

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  15. Anonymous1:10 PM

    I'm with the masses. No. 3, followed by no.1.

    Rosa

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  16. Chloe is so precious. I totally love the bath time photos. I really like the simplicity of the first grill. It's nice to see that even though you are new parents, you still have time to get other things done :)

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  17. amymexico2:34 PM

    First pick: #3
    Second pick #2 - only issue with #2, part of the 6x6 square will be cut off around the edges, difficult to keep uniform around the whole house???

    Chloe's 3 months already????

    WBer - amymexico

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  18. Looks like we have a winner - #3 it is! Good question though about the size of the holes impacting the heat output. We'll ask the supplier about that.

    #3 was HandyMan's and my favourite too ;)

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  19. the last one! they are all good, but the last one is great!!

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  20. #3 for looks, but I'd go with number to allow more air flow and heat to escape. The more heat that goes through the grate is higher heater efficiency, which the engineer in me always goes for. It looks like your have reflective insulation on the wall. I'd suggest the same reflective insulation on the bottom of the seat (if it isn't there already). :-)

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