The perforated metal was the hardest component to find at a good price. For those of you in Toronto, we ended up getting the metal at FerrierWire. They had the best price and did custom cuts (for just a bit extra). Let me tell you, that "extra" was well worth it. We ended up paying $150 for all the metal we needed for the living room and dining room covers and having it custom cut (as opposed to $160 for just the metal, uncut from our first source). Their pieces are $113 for a 3'x8' piece (Rona sells pieces 3'x2' for $40 if you're looking for something smaller, and Danforth Lumber sells 3'x4' for $80. Neither cuts to size). The only potential downside is that Ferrier is only open Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm-ish, but we made it work.
We used MDF for the box and top, with some trim for the edges.
Here's the stuff you've been waiting for - the before and afters:
This was our entry rad "during" the project, as posted in Rad Covers -Part 1
For this rad we used a wooden screen that we had hanging out in the garage so this was one of the first ones done.
Here is what our rads looked like before our project:
Now do you see why we were so keen on getting this project done?
Rad cover box, pre-screen
Attaching the screen was pretty easy - just a small screw that it can rest on when gravity does its thing.
And the final product...
It's funny how such weird, seemingly background-ish projects can make such a huge difference. Now we're hooked and will likely do some for our bedrooms upstairs - it just looks SO much better!