Friday, January 15, 2010

rad cover - radically different

I came across this old radiator cover.  Too beautiful to be discarded after its intended purpose.  There were definite flaws, water rings on top, chips, and scratches. 

To be perfectly honest, this got a coat of white before I decided to go with black. Here it is before it got roughed up with a sanding block.

I stapled burlap to the inside front and sides.

I took a couple of strands of Christmas lights

I stapled the lights to all the inside  framed edges, (which proved to be MUCH easier said than done)

Then I covered the open back with another piece of burlap stretched tight to finish it off.

a little peek lit up from behind..

..and from the front..finished...
sunlight from the front door pouring in

It makes a great addition to the front entrance. 

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  1. THAT is AWESOME !!! I would love to find something like this to put at my front door. I love innovative uses for things.

  2. I love this! I want one!!!!


  3. I love it, love it, love it! I've never seen one like that around here. Don't blame you for snapping it up. The lights are perfect.

    Thanks for stopping in at junkblossoms. I hope you'll come back soon. Pat

  4. Adding the lights was genius! It is so unique and beautiful.

  5. OMG!!! That turned out to be an AMAZING piece of furniture!!
    I totally love the black!!

  6. I LOVE it. It's like a fireplaceless mantle.

    I don't think it even needed the paint or the lights - - - I thought it was gorgeous just as it was!

  7. That is gorgeous Lisa! I've been wondering what you've been up to! :o)
    Hope you are having a wonderful new year!


  8. Wow Looks Wonderful!! Love it thanks for sharing ~Blessings Heather

  9. That is one of the coolest re-do's I have seen in a while! I love it!! I will be on the lookout for a pretty old radiator cover...wish me luck.

  10. What a fantastic repurpose!!!!

  11. Hello Lisa...

    So happy to have you join up with Sunday Favorites, my friend...welcome!!!

    Wow...I just love this project! What a fabulous the beautiful detailed carvings! It's gorgeous done in the black and I love, love, LOVE the burlap and pretty lights! I would have never thought of that...great idea!!! It looks so beautiful in your home and I love the pretty vignette that you created on top of it!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talentes with us for Sunday Favorites...what a treat!!! Sure hope that you'll join us again, my friend!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  12. It turned out beautifully, I'm so impressed! Your pictures are wonderful too!

  13. What a wonderful transformation and a very clever idea! I love the use of the burlap....

  14. What a clever repurpose! It looks great!

  15. Great idea to add the burlap, but the Christmas lights are genious. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Thanks for the visit! Your radically different rad cover is gorgeous!

  17. What a wonderful find. Love the lights in it. Great idea.

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    this looks stunning! I love the black and the lights are beautiful!

  19. I never would have guessed that was a radiator cover. It is beautiful. Love the lights.

  20. I want it, if you wake up tomorrow and it is not there Sorry. Just kidding it is a great piece and how clever you were to add the lights. Thanks for sharing

  21. Awesomely cool idea! Love the use of burlap.

  22. What a great piece and I love your creative process. Nice work!

  23. Fabulous, it looks great in your entryway!

  24. what a neat project! i'm so glad you saved that gorgeous radiator cover from being tossed away!

  25. Hi Lisa, i am new to visiting your blog and Now I am a new follower of yours, love the rad cover you did how creative, it turned out great and I love it in the entryway....

  26. Wow, that is beautiful. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Nice to meet another fellow Canadian! I am adding your blog to my Canadian blog list! I like to promote the talent from up "north"

  27. You come up with the greatest things ~ loving this and the burlap just sets it off ~ along with the mini lights of course! Have a wonderful week-end Lisa.

  28. That's a fantastic transformation.

  29. What an interesting entry lamp. Makes the entry inviting... clever idea.

  30. Well, aren't you the clever one! Looks great - love it!


  31. Now That is F A B U L O U S ~
    Thanks for Sharing....

  32. GREAT piece for an entry...really makes a statement! Very creative...

  33. How clever you are! A beautiful upcycled project and you have captured it so well with your photos! Thank you for sharing it on VBF ... I hope you find a little something for next month to show off!! : )


  34. I love this!! It's kinda like a big lamp-table warm welcoming thing with the lights. You are very creative. Love your other furniture redos as well. i am just getting started with my blog. I will stop by again sometime. ~~Blessings, Annabell

  35. What a great idea. And perfect for creating mood lighting.

  36. This is so nice, and perfect for creating mood lighting.


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