How can I decorate this furnace return cover measuring 16 x 20?


Anyone have any spectacular ideas to beautify this hole in the wall? Lol. Just thought someone might have a great DIY for it. New ones run around $30, decorative ones around $80.

q furnace return cover 16 x 20

It's dirty, bent and rusty.

  10 answers
  • T R T R on Oct 10, 2019

    Hi, there are actually a few Hometalk ideas - take a look and see what suits you:

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 10, 2019

    I had a chat with my furnace repair person a while back, the tradesmen was not for covering any vents-just paint it to match the wall.

  • Gk Gk on Oct 10, 2019

    Hello Rhondalynn! You don't really want to do too much to it since it is a furnace air return. You can clean it with soap and water, dry it well, brush off any rust with a wire brush, and then spray paint it with Rustoleum spray paint. It will look like new for less than 5 bucks!

  • J J on Oct 10, 2019

    Soap and water, and a can of spray paint always do wonders.

  • William William on Oct 10, 2019

    Can't cover or block it. Just clean well and paint the same color as the wall.

  • Sandra Sandra on Oct 10, 2019

    You can use some peel and stick tile along the outside borders and up and down the three sections that run from top to bottom. That is what I did to mine. You can purchase the peel and stick tile from Home Depot or Lowe's. You will have to cut the sections to fit the needed space.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 10, 2019

    I've seen where some people put a rubber mat that is open over them. When I had my HVAC replaced, I asked about it and he said it would probably be okay but he would not recommend it. I ended up putting a chair a few feet in front of mine and he said that was a perfect solution.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 10, 2019

    Yes, clean it, take some needle nose pliers & straighten the bent bits.

    since it looks like it’s already been painted with latex paint, going over it with spray enamel isn’t going to work.

    It will need to be painted in whatever kind of paint is in there now, probably latex.

    Draw attention away from it with some other wall decor.

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 10, 2019

    I have the same cover put it in bathtub scrub wth vinegar and toothbrush works great. I do this at least twice a year

  • Dee Dee on Oct 14, 2019

    You need that vent for your HVAC system. You will ruin your HVAC if you cover it and that can be costly. Clean it up, sand off the rust. Spray paint with Rustoleum Primer, then Spray paint with Rustoleum color of your choice. The Rustoleum will prevent rust.