Enhancing the Entry

Sep 13, 2010 + , ,

HandyMan has slowly been making covers for each of the radiators in our house. He's been wanting to make the one for the front entry for a long time - we need somewhere handy to throw down some keys or shopping bags!



Using MDF and the Octoperf wood mesh screen that we used for all the other covers, HandyMan built the cover to suit the surroundings. I'm not sure if you noticed, but all the covers have been customized to fit in with the rooms... the one in Chloe's room is a shaker-style to go with the shaker closet doors. The one in the master bedroom is more decorative and has feet and fancy trim. And the one in the dining room has styling similar to the wainscotting.



For the entry, we embellished the design a bit and came up with not only a radiator cover, but also a place to store mail, keys, and little mittens and boots in the winter time. Our entry is small and severely lacking in storage. We have a tiny triangular-shaped front closet and keep our keys in a box on the window ledge so taking a bit of extra space and adding cubbies to the rad cover was one way to make the entry seem more functional and welcoming.


HandyMan trimmed out the cubbies to give them a more finished look. He's still deciding whether to build small pull out boxes to house keys and gloves, or if we can find some premade baskets or trays to fit. We might also drill little holes on the inside of the cubbies to allow hot air from the rad to circulate. It will be a special treat to pull out warm mittens on a cold winter's day!



The top has to be notched out to fit around the existing door trim but other than that, the cover is patched and ready for paint and install! Now if I can just resist the urge to dump stuff and allow things to pile up on the rad cover.

16 comments:

  1. Nice looking project!

    I love the screen you chose and the MDF will resist the expansion and contraction from the radiator heat. Well done.

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  2. This is a great project! What a difference and so great to have a place to dump keys! Keep the up the good work!

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  3. Your making progress with such a great project.

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  4. This is very good project what are you working int this. Please share updates continue... I would like to know more about this.

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  5. Looks terrific. The cubbies are so smart! You daughter can have her only designated cubby right at her height.

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  6. Genius! I have got to design some sort of landing strip for all of my things (keys, shoes, purse, sunglasses) when I walk in the door. Right now they all end up on the kitchen counter.

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  7. Concord carpenter - good to know we picked the right materials for the job. We just sort of wing it around here.

    My Notting Hill - Chloe loves to put things away so I'm sure we'll find socks and shoes and maybe some of her toys tucked away in those cubbies.

    And Kathleen - I forgot about sunglasses! Maybe now that I have a home for them, I won't keep losing them.

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  8. Anonymous2:12 PM

    You will LOVE having this in your lives. So clever!

    jbhat

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  9. It looks fantastic. I think the little cubby holes along the side are a great idea, although I can definitely see that little wooden boxes would be perfect in there. You could even put a hook on the far left side of the cover to get extra storage.

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  10. Wow! That is going to be great! I am so jealous. I need some rads covered in a bad way.. where did you get the screen? I see the link but did you order directly from them?

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  11. i love the idea of holes in the cubbies to warm up the mittens!!!!!

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  12. Love the rad covers .. and the little cubbies for the front hall .... I need a handyman!!!

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  13. Love this- he sure does some amazing work!

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  14. That is an AWESOME idea!!!

    If we had radiators, I would surely be PINING or WHINING for one of these!

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  15. Hats off to the handyman that built these rad covers! They look great.
    For the DIYers I posted an article on my blog about how to build a simple rad cover.

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