(Closed) Radiator Heaters, UGLY!!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Is it actually heating your house or is it nonworking?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My aunt has a few. The kitchen one is painted the same color as the wall snd the one in my cousins room is painted with polka dots.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@peachbaby4008: Maybe a skinny bookshelf type of side on either side (like 6-8 inches wide) and then a shelf on the top to place photos or something. Almost like a faux fireplace type of look.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@peachbaby4008: Do they get hot to the touch?  I have never actually seen a working one before so I am asking questions to know what would be safest. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My friend had a radiator cover made for hers, and it’s super classy. I’ll find out the company name and post.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

And oh – I would MUCH rather have a radiator like yours and my friend’s than the internal ones we have in my building!  When it stops working it’s a huge ordeal.  

Also, the metal is warped in front of the one in my bedroom, and the plaster is beginning to crumble around it.  So expen$ive to fix.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I didn’t realize there were people who never saw these working! I loved waking up to the sound of the heat coming up when I lived in Boston.  🙂

Radiator covers are great.  They are a little expensive, but the simple, metal ones aren’t too, too bad. The bonus is that the tops of them keep the heat from going right out the window if the radiator is below. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

ts pretty expensive to have them custom made, but you can build them yourself pretty easily (covers,that is). Its really like making a three sided box, but the insert panels which you need to allow the heat to escape is metal and has holes in it or a pierced pattern, or you can even use a sheer fabric. You can get everything you need at HD or Lowe’s. It disguises them and even gives you a top flat surface to place books,etc.

We had them in every room in our last house and made painted covers for all of them.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I like them, because I think houses with them have character, as long as they are painted and not peeling/rusted. Call me crazy!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think radiators are really cool!  my first studio apartment had this amazing art deco radiator that was so old and beautiful. 

my favorite blog is by this designer who is fixing up her old home. she has amazing style and I SO envy everything that she does. for radiators, she actually works with them instead of against them.  anyway, this post actually made ne wish I had some radiators in my own home:

http://www.doorsixteen.com/2011/09/15/happy-radiators/

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

See if there are any 2nd hand construction places around you. In Baltimore there are several that take items from renovated houses and I have seen the covers at those kinds of places. I grew up on radiator heat so I know what you mean. See if there is anything like that in your area first.

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