Scalloped Edge Radiator Cover: DIY



Scalloped painted walls are all the rage right now - I adore them - they add a playful edge to a kids bedroom. They're also incredibly easy to achieve! I had an ugly radiator to cover up (see before picture below) and decided to have a scalloped edged cover built - here's how I went about it:

1. I'm not skilled when it comes to woodwork, so I found a carpenter via It's a fantastic site - you can find a local tradesman and read reviews about previous work. I found a lovely chap - he bought the MDF for me at trade price, picked it up, and then came to my house to build it. In total, including labour and materials, this 8ft radiator cover cost me £130. I'm chuffed to bits with it!

2. Ahhh, but how did you draw the scalloped edge I hear you ask?! I took a standard Ikea bowl and drew half way round it - straight onto the MDF. We then just trimmed it off once I'd decided how high I wanted it. So incredibly simple! The scalloped edge is detachable and secured by those nifty command sticky strips.

3. PRIME your MDF! This is so important guys! If you don't do this, the MDF will soak up your paint like a sponge. 

4. Slap on your fave paint - I would recommend using an eggshell style paint. This green colour is Bancha by Farrow & Ball, or check out alternatives by clicking here.

5. You'll then need to secure it to the wall - using some of these fixings.