3 ways to decorate a radiator to make it sexy

3 ways to decorate a radiator to make it sexy

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Decorate a radiator with contrasting effect paint

Caribbean blue, water green and orange: the perfect combination for a retro interior ... very modern!  

Mundane object and without any decorative interest, the radiator? Not so sure ! With a little paint and dexterity, it is possible to transform an old cast iron heater into a decorative object in its own right. As long as the latter has an old and industrial style, it will awaken the decor with a nice regressive and offbeat touch.

  • First step: choosing the color To highlight your vintage look radiator, bet on a color that contrasts with the color of the wall. We can imagine for example a powder pink radiator on an anthracite gray wall, or more daring, a lemon yellow radiator on a petrol blue wall.
  • Second step: preparing the radiator For better adhesion of the paint, your radiator must be cold and have a smooth and clean surface. If it is cracked, sand it beforehand with sandpaper or a wire brush. If it is very chipped, a coat of plaster will not be too much.
  • Third step: makeover operation To paint your radiator, take a special radiator paint can, a flat brush (for smooth areas), a round and pointed brush (for difficult to access areas), painter's tape (to delimit the area to be painted) and plastic sheeting (or newspaper) to protect the floors. The makeover operation then consists of applying two coats of paint ... without burrs or skidding! A few brushstrokes later, your radiator attracts everyone's attention ... The unpopular decoration gives way to the darling of your interior!

Decorate a radiator with tone-on-tone paint

What color are your walls?  

Do you want to change white and gray or match your radiator to the color of your walls? A single prescription: revamp it with tone-on-tone paint! As it is possible to repaint an iron gate or shutters, it is quite possible to add a coat of paint to its radiator. Provided of course to opt for a paint suitable for high temperatures such as a special paint radiator, cast iron or electric convector. Formulated and tested to withstand temperatures up to 120 ° C without yellowing or flaking, radiator paints above all allow you ... not to ignite your interior! Have you lost your classic insulating paints? You can roll up your sleeves and quietly continue the DIY developed above. In terms of color choice, simply opt for a shade identical to that of your wall. While an ordinary white radiator stands out from a colored wall to attract all eyes, a tone-on-tone radiator blends neither seen nor known in the decor. With one stroke of paint, the most mundane-looking radiators get in tune with your interior.

Daring aerosol cans and graphic style

Nice choice of colors for this DIY which combines blue flower, sweet mint, powdered peach and lavender with geometric patterns of Scandinavian inspiration. The overflow on the wall completes the integration of the radiator into the decor brilliantly!

Another effect, another technique. In this DIY, as unusual as it is unexpected, aerosol paint combines with colors and geometric shapes to revamp the most unsightly radiators with highly noticed graphic touches ... The radiator becomes a support for creative expression in its own right.

  • First step: the choice of patterns and colors Harlequin patterns, diagonal lines, degraded effects or Scandinavian-inspired shapes: it's up to you to compose the design that suits you. To get an idea of ​​the result, immortalize your creation on paper and add color to it. Pastel shades to soften the mood, contrasting tones to play the daring or neutral colors to energize the decor in all discretion: make your games!
  • Second step: preparation The surface of your radiator must be flawless. To do this, remove all traces of dust or grease with hot water and Marseille soap. Also remember to protect the floors and the wall from possible projections.
  • Third step: bending Mark out the area to be painted with painter's tape, open the window wide, shake the bomb vigorously and take yourself for a graffiti artist! Once the first solid color has been curved, you can repeat the operation on the different patterns to be painted. The most delicate mission consists in bombing without overflowing on the zones which are drying. To mark pictorial contours without risk of smearing, a set of "fine line" nozzles will help you. A few sprays later, your radiator heats up the temperature (of the air… but above all of the decor!) By a few degrees. It's baby bomb!