Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DIY Custom Range Hood with Storage only $20!

Holy moly I've been BAD at blogging lately... I have been so busy with life that I haven't been able to get many projects done around the house. Maybe I shouldn't make up excuses but I gotta blame something other than myself right? We started on a few projects over the weekend and I am happy to announce I will be blogging all of them! ...

My wonderful husband (after some begging) built me this beautiful range hood. I was originally thinking I would just cover up the cabinet and range hood and not use any of it. Then I got to thinking I needed to be able to use the hood... Duh.... But the switches for it to turn on and off are on the top where it would be covered. So I thought maybe we could put some sort of little hatch door to get to the switches... Then I came across this post from Nina Hendrick on her DIY Storage Range Hood and I fell in LOVE! The perfect solution to all my problems... Well not all of my problems. BUT it was only $20 to make so there's a solution to part of my budget problem. Champagne taste on a beer budget if you know what I mean... Anyways I Nina's post to Taylor one night and the next day when I came home from work he had it all framed out... I love coming home to surprises like that. Here is what I came home to:

So because he had it up and framed already I wasn't able to get pictures of the process and tell you exactly how he made the frame.. But it looks pretty simple to me. We had to alter Nina's plans a little bit to get them to fit our cabinets and style but I think it turned out pretty great! I still have my cabinet and I can easily turn the hood on and off. Here's how we did it...

None of the wood is actually touching the range so we can easily switch it out if we need to. It's attached to the cabinet by the two horizontal boards and then the frame is attached to those boards. After framing it out we added two vertical boards and attached those by the hinges we took off of the cabinets (saved some money there).

He then added two more horizontal boards attached underneath of the two vertical boards for some added support.

Here it is open and you can get more of an idea of what I mean...

After that we attached some old barn wood we had in our wood shed to the front and bam! Beautiful new range hood with storage underneath. Now if you don't have extra wood lying around that would be an added expense. Also we didn't have to stain or do anything to the wood so depending on the type of finish you want that would have to come into play as well.

I just love it....

Here it is open. You can see I can still get to everything easily. I love that part. I was going to settle for beauty over function but I ended up getting both! Happy girl!!

Oh I almost forgot another "upgrade" we made. I say that in quotes because it's not exactly an upgrade but it looks better than it did before... I added sticky tiles to my back splash! Like I said before... Champagne and beer... So I got these bad boys off of Amazon. They were a little smaller than I thought they would be but I still think it turned out good. They come in sheets and I thought two boxes might do the job but I only bought one to see how I liked it. I've had them up for a couple weeks now and I love them but I have to purchase two more boxes. So at the end of it all I won't really save as much money as I thought putting up the sticky tiles rather than getting a new back splash but it's way less mess and way less labor! So i'm okay with that...

Here is the before of the sticky tiles... It kind of hurts my eyes. Beware...

And after the sticky tiles.... Better...

And after sticky tiles and range hood... Wonderful!!!

I still need to stain the sides... But you get the idea...

CHEERS to another project down! Next we're going to tackle that ceiling... That will be a big project so instead of coffee i'll be having wine...

I hope you enjoyed and learned a little something. 



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  2. I noticed your ceiling. Mine did that due to the weight of the insulation in the attic. Go figure. I ran lathing strips across each seam. Bonus..it hides them. I used my nail gun and glue to secure them. Then I painted. It looks great and now I have a normal and slightly fancier ceiling. I'm sure you already have a plan. I just wanted to share.

    1. Oooh very nice! We are still trying to figure out what to do because taking the whole ceiling down would be a huge mess! I’m going to present your idea to my husband. Thank you so much!

  3. The ceiling in our kitchen was only 7'6" because some brilliant designer back in the 1990's decided it was a great design feature to have a recessed fluorescent light fixture. (NOT!) I just finished ripping it all out myself. What a horribly messy project. All kinds of stuff up there that you really don't want to know about. Anyway, now that is gone, I am delighted. We are thinking about adding decorative wood between the rafters to visually raise the ceiling. We love the look of beamed ceilings and why not get an extra 10 - 11" of airspace up there? There is a second storey above it so we don't have to worry about insulation.

    Just a thought!

    1. I SO wanted to leave the rafters and put wood above them to not only raise our ceiling but I love the sort of deconstructed look, but my husband says we will have issues with insulation because all that's up there is our attic... I may look into it more because that's ultimately what I envisioned for our kitchen. Thank you for your input!!!

  4. How did you keep the angle of the vent hood and the wood from creating a grease trap and causing a fire?

  5. What kind of wreath is that ?

    1. Hi! It’s a faux eucalyptus wreath that I spray painted white. It was my aunts so I’m not sure where it’s from

  6. Did you end up updating the ceiling? We have the same type of ceiling and are trying to figure out the best way to update it. I was thinking beadboard wallpaper but that might be more leg work than it's worth on the entire house.

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