How to Make a Magnetic Cover to Hide Your Ugly Air Return

Do you hate you air return vent? Me too!


Welcome to the February Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to create an air return vent cover.



I looked up a bunch of covers but they were sooo expensive. I was going to take it out and spray paint it but it is sealed to our walls with foam filler. there was no way of removing it to replace it or spray paint it so I decided to make a cover for it! There was lots of ups and downs with this project! I hope I can help you get through it a lot easier than I did!


  • Miter saw
  • Scissors
  • Nail gun
  • Pin Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • E6000
  • Drill press/ drill
  • 1” Drill bit
  • Drill, Flat edge/square, level, measuring tape, Sander, pencil, painters tape


  • 1x4x8
  • Decorative sheet metal
  • Round 1” magnets
  • White duct tape
  • Paint
  • Filler

Cut list

  • Cut down 1×4 into 1x2s and 1x1s
  • 2- 1x2x27.75 from l-l
  • 2- 1x2x22.75 from l-l
  • 2- 1x1x22.75 from s-s
  • 2- 1x1x27.75 from s-s
  • Metal- 25.75 x 20.75

*all angles are 45°

Step 1

Clean the air intake the best you can with soap, water, and vinegar. Next I painted the  surrounding wall of the air intake. Finally I paint the air intake with a roller and black paint from Ace Hardware. I do not recommend this stuff! It took each coat 4 days to dry! The paint did not go on smoothly and it is soo glossy it looks wet! I also had to put 4 coats! If you can, take it off the hinges or pull the whole thing out and spray paint it! I did not have that luxury. 

Step 2

Cut the 1×2 pieces to cover the intake. Next drill holes in them for the magnets, I did 3 holes on the small pieces and 4 on the longer pieces. Glue the magnets in the holes with E600.


Step 3

Cut the 1×1 outside pieces. fit the 1x1s vertically to the outside of the 1x2s, which leaves 1/4 inch above the 1x2s, this covers the outside of the air intake. Next glue and pin nail the boards together. I let dry overnight. After it was dry I filled the cracks and corners with wood filler. Let it dry then sand and paint.


Step 4

Cut metal with scissors. Then glue the metal to the wood, over the magnets. I used duct tape to cover the sharp edges. Let it dry. Touch up any paint. Then fit/snap to air intake. Done!



I hope this helps you! Lets hide these ugly suckers! #coveruglyairreturnvents

For another approach check out Simplicity in the South!

She is amazing!!



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11 DIY Wood Projects for 2019

My Top 11 DIY Project Goals 


1. Barn doors for the hall closet and the laundry room.


2. Table for our coffee station and all my collectibles in the kitchen (cutting boards and rolling pins)

I want it to be a mixture of these two. I want shelves for my metal baskets but a big drawer to hide the coffee overload.

3. Kids coat hanger

My kid has more coats than my husband and me combined!

4. Kitchen storage that rolls out

5.Built-ins for playroom

I need something for the tv, crafts, toys, shoes, and more coat storage!

6. Air return cover

We are currently putting an old mantle around it and I can’t stand how hideous the grate is! It takes away the beauty of the mantle. I think I’m dreading this project the most. It seems very tedious.

7. Laundry sorter

8. Kids farmhouse table and bench

9. Porch swing

10. A kid’s tower for two littles

My son uses the one I made last year every day but he’s getting tall. I want to make one that adjusts for two kids heights.

11. I have my Mamaw’s old tator bin like this one. I want to revamp it a little to match our kitchen. Then my son can use it as his play kitchen.

I didn’t make a project for each month because I figured I would take a month off when I had this sweet baby.

You can do it too! Start making things for yourself and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects for this year! I am currently learning a new program to start drawing up my own plans! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message or comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!