It was sandwiched inside the mdf frame, so the easiest way to get it out was to smash it out.
Truly, smashing things up is very therapeutic, as long as you don't get carried away and destroy the thing you want to save.........which I did...........almost.
I wanted to use chicken wire as I have some left over from this project. I tried to push it into the gap where the grille had been but it was a bit of a nightmare, so in the end I filled the gap with caulk, painted the radiator cover white and then stapled the chicken wire on the back.
I tried two fabrics behind the chicken wire, but the darker hessian (burlap) with the more open weave definitely looked better, and it's half the price at £2.99 a metre (you'll probably see some burlap cushions here sometime as I have some left over).
So here is my newly made over radiator cover........and I love it.
And I do love the old paint splattered floorboards as they are, but I had to paint them white so that the hall would look wider.........or was it because even I can't cope with that much shabbiness.
The hall ? it's nearly...........nearly all done.