It’s Getting Hot In Here

before-after

Yesterday was another sweltering hot day, so the last thing I expected to do is anything related to heat.  Already set up outside, Alex had begun working on building a garden trellis so I decided to tackle a  project of my own – our non-matching floor vents.  As you might have noticed, we have lovely dark espresso brown floors on the main floor, with warm dark grey tiles in the front entrance and bath. Our mismatched floor vents previously stood out since they were lighter than our floor colours, which drew attention to them. Armed with 2 bottles of Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in espresso and dark grey I cleaned all the dirt off the floor vents with an all-purpose cleaning solution and gave them 3 light coats of paint.

Here is a comparison of the before and after of the living room vents. The dark colour helps hide the necessary vent that now is a lovely dark brown like the floors.

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Not only is paint a floor vent simple to do, but it saves you paying for replacing your outdated or mismatched vent covers which cost between $6 to 20 depending on the colour and size you need. At our local home stores we found that there weren’t any vents available in dark brown nor grey, so paint was the only option.

To paint the floor vents close the vents and give one coat of paint. Once the paint dries, paint the vent again this time with the vent open, making sure to paint either side of the interior panels so that none of the original colour is visible. Once the paint dries return the floor vent to it’s original location.

6 PAINTED FLOOR VENTS

Grey spray paint – $5.77

Brown spray paint – free (left over paint)

TOTAL: $5.77

 

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4 Comments

  1. Angela
    July 16, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    I typically go with white vents but I really like the way you blended them in with your existing floors. I like that it doesn’t break the break the lines and is continuous.

    • July 16, 2013 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks Angela! I’d imagine, especially in smaller rooms, a more uniform floor colour would give the illusion of a larger area too.

  2. Angela
    July 16, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    I typically go with white vents but I really like the way you blended them in with your existing floors. I like that it doesn’t break the break the lines and is continuous.

    • July 16, 2013 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks Angela! I’d imagine, especially in smaller rooms, a more uniform floor colour would give the illusion of a larger area too.