This Old House, Glaser Edition

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Calling All Artists!

If you have slogged through over a week of posts, you can quickly tell we are rank amateurs. We need your help. We covered the old, inoperable, irreparable air vent with lightwood (it is more cost effective than ripping it out). A flat white board with a frame lurks underneath the plastic protecting it from the popcorn texture spray-a-thon. We want to do something decorative, and here are the parameters: it must be lightweight, fitting into a Victorian theme, matching green tones on the walls in the hallway, inexpensive but not cheesy, and not tacky. Just click “comments” and float some ideas our way. We need a lifeline from anyone with taste.
BEFORE: Old Monstrous Air Vent
MIDWAY: Covered Monstrous Air Vent

By the way, the lamps pictured above are the ones we were going to foolishly toss out and replace with Tiffany lamps!


  • Tin ceiling panels. Very Victorian. You can get it in many colors or leave it natural. Copper patina might be nice to match the green tones.

    By Blogger Maureen Reed, at 11:17 PM  

  • How about one of the old register grates? It looks to be about the right size. You can get an old one kind of like this Or use the style of metal grid they use for radiator covers like,1793,HGTV_3445_1384268,00.html

    By Blogger Maureen Reed, at 11:39 PM  

  • hmmmm..Maureen came up with the same idea I was going to suggest..tin stamped ceiling panels would work perfectly..I found several types when I googled for ideas..looks VERY classy and yet keeps with the idea of staying victorian..and because they are molded , you wouldnt (I dont think) be able to see the difference in height as much.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 1:21 AM  

  • Maureen and Gayle, copper patina would certainly be eye-catching and match the *ahem* original lamps. The metal grids looked neat, but might be too heavy. I just came across a site which specializes in Victorian looking woodwork. They have ceiling medallions--our living room and dining room have them.

    By Blogger The Glasers, at 8:11 AM  

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