When we purchased our Otsego home to renovate the one thing we knew we wanted (as well as a ton of other things) was a range hood above the stove.
One thing for sure we knew we didn’t want was a microwave above the stove like the previous home owners had placed.
There are many benefits to having a range hood within your kitchen.
- They help with air quality, removing smoke from cooking as well as grease that can in the end coat your walls.
- Another great reason to place a hood above your stove is to provide additional lighting when cooking.
- If you are planning on reselling your home range hoods add style and increase the value to your home.
- And if you were like me- pregnant all year- you don’t need any extra heat! Hoods help to minimize the heat when cooking. Making dinner is an enough workout in itself.
And if you bring the cabinets up to the ceiling like we did, it makes the room feel a lot larger than it actually is. And bonus…you don’t have to clean the top of your cabinets!
There are so many different options to choose from when picking out the perfect kitchen range hood. They range from $200 to tens of thousands of dollars. So of course we made one ourselves and want to show you how you can too for under $40!
DIY Range Kitchen Hood Tutorial
Let the demolition begin! First thing first is removing your cabinets or whatever you have placed above your stove. After demoing and cleaning you need to determine what ventilation you would like.
We knew we had to have a duct air ventilation put in to circulate outside. Another option is venting it through a filter which keeps it in the room with out having to run ducting. However, we wanted to duct it so the “dirty” air, smoke and grease were removed from the room.
We had a family friend come over to do the ventilation for us and put the ductwork in. Once the venting was done, Jamie began building the hood.
I gave Jamie about five different visuals of hoods that I loved off of Pinterest. So he took the inspiration from all of those photos and built the perfect hood to match our kitchen.
- 4x8x1/2 pine plywood
- 3x8x1/4 boards
- Wood glue
- Finish trim nails
We used pine for the hood being that was the most cost efficient and in the end we were going to paint the wood.
Jamie started by building a basic wooden box. Dimensions: 30 1/4″ wide + 36″ tall + 20 1/4″ deep.
He then glued down 2x3x1/4 pieces of poplar onto the front of the cabinets to create dimension to match the cabinet doors. He also added an arched trim piece onto the bottom to add additional style and character. Above the arch he placed a piece of trim that projected out of the hood by gluing and nailing it into place.
All the duct work was installed prior to the cabinets going back up. Once the hood cabinet got installed Jamie then installed the vent unit and screwed it in place. Jamie wedged the hood into place and screwed and nailed it into the sides of the cabinetry next to the hood.
After caulking and filling in the nail holes the last things to do was sand and paint. We used Benjamin Moore oil based white paint.
10 hours and $40 later we had ourselves a new beautiful kitchen hood!