DIY Range Hood

I was going to wait until it was completely done, with trim and paint, but I promised an update on our kitchen progress this week so, even though it’s only 90% done, I’m excited to share our latest project, a DIY range hood.

Here is where we started in our small galley kitchen in January.

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The stainless steel stove hood, which never worked, and the upper cabinets were removed and the soffit was knocked down.

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Before we tackled the stove hood we built a brand new cabinet around the refrigerator, which gave us a ton of storage that we didn’t have before. You can read more about this project here.

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Next we started our custom, DIY range hood. Before we even started this kitchen reno, I knew that the old one, which was a basic stainless steel model, was one of the things that was going to be changed…I hated the stainless steel. Yes, my appliances are all stainless steel but we inherited the stove and dishwasher, which were brand new, when we bought the house, so to save money we bought a refrigerator that matched the other appliances. I know that stainless steel is “in” but I have never been a fan. I am a clean freak and stainless steel is impossible to keep clean for more than a day. Just my 2 cents. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Anyway, we ended up using the stainless steel hood as a base for our DIY hood. The hubs took all the stainless off and reused the “guts”, which saved us some money. Reusing part of the old hood wasn’t easy to do but the mister figured it out and made it work.

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Then we added sides and framed out the top. We’ll lose a bit of cabinet space here but it’s worth it to have a custom stove hood…that works!

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Since the old one was never vented, we added the ductwork to vent it outside.

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Once it was all hooked up we added the front panel. We still have a bit of work to do on it, like trim, caulk, primer and paint, but it’s looking good and it cost us less than $100 to make.

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This ended up being one of the tougher projects to do in this kitchen. The challenge was to make a hood that angled out, instead of straight up to the ceiling, so figuring out the angles with the wood and getting it all to fit and look good was the tough part.

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I’m loving it, even unpainted. So much better than the stainless steel.

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  1. Wednesday,May 27, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    That really turned out great!! Absolutely ingenious ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great time on your trip and Happy Birthday to the “21 year old” hubby ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Kristi
      Monday,June 1, 2015 / 1:25 am

      Thanks so much Rue!

  2. Wednesday,May 27, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous hood, Kristi! My hubby built ours, too, and it’s my favorite feature in the kitchen. I know you’re going to love it…and no, I am not a fan of stainless steel. I have bisque appliances. I like everything to match and I like the appliances to fade away.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 1, 2015 / 1:29 am

      Thanks Kim. I love the look of your hood. I’m glad to hear that there are others who don’t like ss. I had bisque appliances in Florida and I liked them so much better than what I have now.

  3. MaryJean
    Wednesday,May 27, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to your hubby!
    I have a SS range and I love. It was exactly what I wanted, but I really don’t want a SS fridge, although I don’t think a white one will look good. My current one is white and we will replacing it soon. I don’t like the way it looks so I guess it will be SS.
    Kitchen is looking good!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 1, 2015 / 1:35 am

      Thanks so much MJ. I think hubs had a great birthday. Now we have to get back to the real world.
      My ss fridge is just awful with fingerprints, much worse than my stove and dishwasher. I’ve told hubs that I can’t imagine what it would look like if we had kids going in and out of it everyday. Ugh.

  4. Thursday,May 28, 2015 / 9:21 am

    How creative you both are. I have always had white appliances except once in my 20s when I had a moment of madness and bought Harvest Gold. Enjoy Disney and Orlando. I haven’t been there in over 30 yrs and I live in Dayton Beach. LOL

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 1, 2015 / 1:38 am

      Thanks Debbie. Wow, harvest gold…that would be something to have in this day and age. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Disney is my favorite place to visit. When we lived in Florida, we went at least once a month. It’s been 4 years since our last visit so I was pretty excited. It’s really changed in the 30 years since you’ve been. You wouldn’t even recognize it. LOL

  5. Sunday,May 31, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    How fun to have so much more storage in the kitchen! Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s done.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 1, 2015 / 1:41 am

      Thanks Giedre. We really need the storage too. You can never have too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Tuesday,June 2, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Wow….love the stove hood…great, great job!….Have fun with the Mouse!…We used to live near the Mouse years ago!…

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 3, 2015 / 4:07 am

      Thanks so much Shirley. We are back already but we had so much fun with the Mouse. Can’t wait to go back. We used to live near there too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 3, 2015 / 4:08 am

      Thanks Pamela. I can’t wait until it’s all done.

      I appreciate you stopping by.

  7. Wednesday,June 3, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    The hood looks great! I want to remove our over the range microwave and build a hood just like this.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 4, 2015 / 1:30 am

      Thanks Sherry. We talked about putting a microwave there instead, since we don’t have one, but the hubs doesn’t like them above a stove (I don’t understand his reasoning on this but that’s ok). Thanks so much for visiting.

  8. Friday,June 5, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your creativity on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Tuesday,June 9, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Oh Girl, You are giving my ideas. I am not sure The Mister wants any more ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 10, 2015 / 1:33 am

      I know what you mean. When I start a conversation with “I have a great idea” he just rolls his eyes and grits his teeth. New projects are what Misters are for though, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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