Hey y’all! Today I have a special project that is near and dear to my heart that I want to share with everyone, and that is how I built my range hood cover.
I totally had a vision for this wall in our kitchen when I tore down the cabinets that use to reside on this here wall almost a year ago (!). I knew I wanted it to be white, bright, shiny, still with some storage but I wanted a big beautiful range hood right over the stove. I had priced some range hood inserts online and $400-$600 dollars later I was absolutely convinced I could do this myself without the high price tag. My plan was to build some sort of “frame on the wall onto which I could mount and under cabinet mount exhaust fan (because they are considerably cheaper) and then build the decorative “range hood cover” around the exhaust fan. Then while on an unsuspecting trip to the Ikea AS-IS section I found a really large under cabinet mount exhaust fan. This one here to be exact.
This guy happened to be marked down from $99 to $45 which made him cheaper than some of the under cabinet mount exhaust fans I was considering using from Lowes/Home Depot and a lot larger!
This isn’t a very clear picture but it’s the one I was able to snap before I started building my hood cover. My dad is actually the one who mounted the exhaust fan and hooked it up to vent where the old one had previously (was supposed to) vent. We could have saved a little more money by using our old under cabinet mount exhaust hood but it had lived a long life and the venting mechanism was broken- it just made more sense to us to buy new and ensure many more years of use.
My first step was to screw two “braces” into studs on the ceiling that the top of the front panel of the range hood could attach to.
And my next step was to cut the panel of thin MDF/kraft board and screw it into place. This kraft board is a really thin fiber board, I like to call it glorified cardboard, but it really can stand up to a lot of abuse and it is great for a decorative project like this, where the structure is all about the frame underneath. (I used the same kind of board for our faux fireplace). Kraft Board cuts like a hot knife through butter, I used my circular saw for this and it took me about 5 seconds to cut out what I needed.
Big question of the day…..Can you find slope? 10th grade math anyone? ME NEITHER. I’m totally an eye-ball it kind of girl. I honestly probably get closer to perfect just eye-balling things than I would using a tape measure and formulas. I do use a level, putting a bubble between two lines works for me, numbers- not so much. I pulled the front panel of the range hood cover away from the exhaust fan to determine how much of an angle I was desiring. I wanted to make sure when my front bottom panel went on there was at least 1.5” of space between the panel and the knobs that control the light and exhaust fan. I measured how much more the panel needed to be kicked out, cut two 2×4 pieces to support the angle and attached them to the mounting structure.
I do apologize, I did not get a shot of the top brace I screwed into the ceiling into which I screwed the side panels but here is the first side panel. I hung the panels so that they sit flush against the sides of the exhaust fan and the panels come past the bottom of the exhaust fan approx. .5″. I used construction adhesive on the joint between the front panel and side panel.
Then I repeated on side 2. I then used construction adhesive to glue a little barce on the inside of each side panel so I could then attach my front bottom panel.
I then used construction adhesive to adhere the front bottom panel. Just for reference, this whole cover is super SUPER light, the construction adhesive will do a fabulous job of holding that front piece on- just thought I’d add that for any of you worry-ers out there 😉
For the next step, I trimmed out my range hood with “lattice” trim. I spared you all from being bored to pieces and did not photograph every. single. step. of this process. It was probably the easiest and most time consuming part of the whole process but once again I used my handy dandy construction adhesive to attach the trim.
So you can see there may be tiny gaps between some of the trim- just remember when you are doing projects that are to be painted caulk, spackle, wood fillers are all your friends and they cover a myriad of mistakes- cosmetic mistakes that is. But don’t be afraid to use them!
I painted my Range hood a bright shiny semi-gloss white, it will wash off really nicely and it matches out floating shelves.
Side Note: Do not be thrown off by the fact that our counters are currently higher than our stove, we have to fix that with some appliance risers…
I’m really excited about my range hood cover, I’ve been dreaming about one for so long and it’s finally a reality! Do y’all love range hood covers? Do you think you might take on a DIY one of your own?
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I hope you’ve been inspired!