A vintage gold mirror hangs above an entry table created from the custom radiator cover in this eclectic home's entryway. Pops of color are added with accessories while the black door and custom black and white doormat add contrast to the space.
A mustard yellow rug defines this cozy seating area. The bold yellow accents pop against gray furnishings and a charcoal-colored brick focal wall. An intriguing metal chair made of vintage radiators sits next to the focal wall for added visual interest.
The "captain's chair" in the corner of this traditional living room offers the best view in the house. This traditional Brooklyn townhouse overlooks New York Harbor and features carefully restored period details, like reclaimed antique heart pine flooring and cast iron radiators.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson maintained function without sacrificing beauty in this modern dining room. A colorful blue message board doubles as a piece of art while the room's two radiators are disguised to blend in with the crisp white trim.
For the full kitchen remodel of this 1940s south Minneapolis home, the homeowners removed a large wall radiator and replaced it with a toe kick heater, allowing them to capture the whole back wall for added cabinetry and countertop space. The design was created to maintain the historic value of the home.
An essential element in a teen bedroom -- a study area -- is commanded by this desk, crafted from pipes and reclaimed flooring. The desk is attached to the wall, providing ample shelving storage area without taking up a great deal of visual space. A custom radiator cabinet is a lovely way to update an older home while retaining some of the original charm.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed a dirty and cramped kitchen into a contemporary space fit for a chef. To achieve the look, she installed a gray subway tile backsplash, chic modern cabinets, vein cut floor tile and sleek stainless steel appliances. Sarah avoided the cost of relocating the home's heating system by blending the radiator in with the kitchen's white trim.
The owner wanted a place where his family could enjoy meals together, so designers added a custom banquette to give the kitchen an eat-in space, while the fun upholstery makes the space lively and casual. Although the main function of the banquette is to provide seating for the family, it serves the dual purpose of hiding the radiator in the home and was built to be easily taken apart and moved in case repairs need to be made.
If your house is more than 50 years old and has a radiator or steam heat in the basement, be aware that you may have asbestos pipe insulation. It looks like a plaster cast wrapped around the pipes, and if you aren’t sure what kind of insulation it is, don’t touch it — get it inspected right away by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Removal is not a DIY project under any circumstances.
If a grow light is out of the budget for starting seeds, a windowsill can work instead. To help your seeds germinate, place them in a spot that stays consistently warm — on top of the fridge or a radiator are good options. Shift them to the sunniest south-facing windowsill you’ve got as soon as a bit of green is showing above the soil line. If your windowsill is drafty or cold, lay down a towel or old t-shirt like a blanket and then set your pots on top.
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