Modern Baseboard Heater Cover
The first thing I did was create an L shaped brace that went over the top of my existing heater cover backing (the metal front pieces should all be removed). This bracket serves as a way to attach all the other pieces including the front slats and top cover. I placed one at each end and spaced them approximately every 4′. Because of that, it needs to be secure but not necessarily pretty on the top (as this will be covered). So I used a small piece of 1×2 cut to fit. The height of my L shaped bracket was 8″ and the horizontal piece was just under 3″. I created pocket holes in both directions on the smaller piece. This piece was then attached to the front vertical piece with 1.25″ pocket hole screws. Longer 2.5″ pocket hole screws were used to attach the back side of the horizontal piece to the wall and screwed into the studs.
Next up I attached the 1×4 boards to create the top panel or cover. These were nailed directly into the L braces they sit on top of.
Starting at the top to create a flush edge, attach a 1 x 2 board using a nail gun. Clamps help with this step so you can get the edge flush and still have free hands. To attach the second slat, turn one 1×2 sideways and put between the top slat and the second slat. This will create a 3/4″ gap. Clamp this in place and nail to attach. Repeat this process until all 4 boards are attached.
Fill nail holes and any seams (you may not have seams if your heater is less than 8′ in length) with wood filler. Let this dry and sand until smooth. I also added some caulk between the baseboard heater cover top and the wall before painting. Then finish with painting any color you like! If you want a more traditional look, stick with white to match your trim. I chose black here to help it blend with the wall a bit more.
And week 4 of the One Room Challenge is a wrap! Check out my post from a couple weeks back to see how I smoothed the wood paneling in this room (yes, those walls are wood paneling)! Still 4 more weeks to go (and I’m happy about that because lots of work left to do!) so make sure to check out the ORC blog to see the other amazing projects!