Baseboard heat cover
Hi: We are new homeowners of an old 1790s cape home. Some time in the past a baseboard heating system was installed throughout the home but the ugly white metal covers do not match the home.
In one room, the previous owner installed metal grilles from floor up 6" and then attached it to the wall with a 1"x 3" length of stained pine. Almost works but the wood makes us nervous and it's not quite right stylistically.
I was wondering if anyone had ever heard of using tile to cover the baseboard heating pipes? Similar in concept to the Swedish/Scandinavian Kakelugn where the ceramic tile helps to hold and slowly dissipates the heat.
I've had a hard time finding anything at all on the Web about gridwork tile or ventilated tile - i.e., tile that is not solid but is penetrated throughout with holes, perhaps similar to the top of a good cherry pie! This would allow the hot air to circulate through an release more readily into the room.
In lieu of finding 'holy tiles' we are also considered creating a metal grille base structure onto which we would attach tiles spaced out at regular intervals. However, we are not sure what kind of glue would be safe for such an attempt.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions all you experts and DIYers might have! Any leads to tile manufacturers who make these kinds of lacework tiles would be much appreciated!