Faux Antique Iron Vents Covers

by Teresa
2 Materials
We have spent the better part of years building out home - we do much more work inside in the winter and much more on the yard outside in the summer.
we have gone with an old style in our basement with bead board, wainscoting large more ornate trim etc., and decided we wanted pretty vents.
When we saw the cost, I decided, Umm nope, I can make those!
This is a picture of our temporary vent cover. Although not ugly, I don't like it!.
This is the original old vent cover, we had 4 from our last home. The problem is none of the 4 match or are the same size.
So we had scroll saw replicas made of wood. The wood is 1/8 inch thick plywood. Thank you to my friend Terry for the scroll saw work!
Paint them black with latex paint, they overcoat with some silver and white acrylic paint
after the white
One more coat with a 1/2 dry brush over the white with black acrylic artists paint.
The vent cover, in place. I am still trying o decide if I should paint the tile under it black or leave it like this.
Another style in place in the coffee room "Le Café"
I love my vents covers!
Suggested materials:
  • 1/8 in thick plywood
  • Paint
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  1 question
  • Tanya Green Tanya Green on Mar 10, 2020

    Hi! I love DIY, thank you for sharing. I don't see the DIY to make the circle vent; where would I find that?

Join the conversation
4 of 25 comments
  • Shannon house Shannon house on Sep 18, 2020

    I did some thing similar, but without any artistic skills, I bought a rubber mat, spray painted it white and blue, and added some fake foliage to dress it up

  • KB KB on May 19, 2022

    Paint what's underneath to detract attention. These are beautiful! You might offer them as a little side business for those of us who can't find what we need at affordable prices. Had a similar situation and yours are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

    • Teresa Teresa on May 19, 2022

      I did, right after I wrote this and it became very obvious! Lol.

      and thank you!