Update your vent covers with spray paint!

If you have vent covers that look like this in your house, I have the perfect, almost no-cost solution for you! :)  That will make people think you bought brand new vent covers.

How to update your vents for cheap with spray paint

I actually did this project quite a while ago, but haven’t it shared it here.  I was mostly frustrated with this one vent cover in the kitchen that had definitely seen better days.  We had new tile put in, but this vent cover was disgusting.  The finish was chipping off and it was rusty on the side.  I honestly thought I was going to have to replace it.  But I figured I could try some spray paint first just to see if it solved the problem.

before vent cover

So I removed all the floor vent covers from the bottom level of the house, scrubbed the dust and grime off in the sink, and let them dry.

Then I took them outside to begin spray painting.  (I was also in the process of spray painting this light fixture that I installed in our entryway.)  I did several light coats of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint from all angles.  It covered the vent covers beautifully!


While they were drying, I took the opportunity to vacuum out all the vents!  Yuck!  I think these hadn’t been cleaned out since the house was built!

clean out the vents

So now for some before and after pictures! Smile  You honestly cannot tell that these vent covers are NOT brand new.  And I did this over a year ago and they are all still holding up great – no chips, nothing, even with vacuuming and mopping around them frequently.

Remember that nasty vent cover in the kitchen?

before vent cover

Here’s the after!  Soooo much better!

kitchen vent after

And here’s the rest of the vent covers downstairs…

Dining room vent cover – before and after.updated dining room vent

Kitchen vent cover #2 – before and after.

updated kitchen vent 2

Living room vent cover #1 – before and after.

updated living room vent 1

Living room vent cover #2 – before and after.    So much better!  Even Casper agrees Smile

updated living room vent 2

So if you are looking to do some simple upgrades – clean off those vent covers and give them a coat of spray paint!  This is a great upgrade project to do if you are planning on selling your home too to make it more appealing to buyers.

Do you have some vent covers who could need some updating?   Or have you ever spray painted your vent covers?


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  1. Heather C. says

    Great transformation and so easy (outside of the elbow grease to clean them!). All our vents are in the ceiling and/or upper walls, so they don’t wear out easily; but I am looking at spray painting all my kitchen cabinet knobs sometime soon. I want to do a test run on one of the ones that’s used every day to see how the spray paint holds up over time.

  2. cindy says

    wanted to share …first time i have posted on a pin. THIS WORKED FABULOUSLY! I have had good intention for the last 3 years of replacing my vents…but forget to measure etc. etc. and then when in hardware store am at a loss as to what size and how many…so, last week i bought a can of rustoleum hammerer bronze and sprayed away….WHAT A GREAT IDEA…look better than brand new ones….would recommend this to everyone to try before buying new vents…THANK YOU!

  3. Susie says

    I also did my switch plates and outlet covers in funky vibrant colors for the kids rooms. After getting sticker shock when I saw the price of the new ones.

  4. Lorie Brinkley says

    I sprayed the vent covers that were in the girl’s bathroom less than 6 months ago and they are already looking bad. I also did the doorknob into their bathroom. I think its because they are leaving wet towels on the floor over the vent maybe and getting wet hands all over the knob? I didn’t use the cheapest spray paint but maybe I need to use something better

  5. says

    I sand mine lightly then put in dishwasher before spray painting. And then use a paint color close to the color of tile or carpet the vent rests in.

  6. says

    I do this too BUT I have a cat you need to block the holes in the floor until you are done my cat
    tried to get in thank goodness I caught him I have bigger vent too but be careful
    I seen in your phone you have a cat too just be careful

  7. says

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  8. Mary says

    My husband spray painted an air return in our dining room – the upper 3/4′s the wall color and the lower as close as we could get to the wood trim color.
    It isn’t a perfect match, but is much less noticable than the beige it used to be.


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