Wednesday, September 11, 2019

DIY Vent Hood Cover

Hello again! 👋🏻 If you don’t know by now, I’m always looking for ways to add character to my home without spending a lot of money!

My kitchen is very small and started out pretty boring.

We’ve done a lot of different things to spice up our kitchen, but the easiest thing was the vent hood cover!

I started by removing the 2 small cabinet doors and hinges above my microwave. Then I built a little frame around the cabinet cut out with 1x3s. This is actually a fake cabinet with no bottom, so I’m not sad about covering it up!

I secured the 1x3 frame to my cabinet with pocket holes from my Kreg Jig and 1.5” screws. You could also use L brackets if you don’t have a Kreg Jig!

I wanted my vent hood cover to be taller but because I have soffit that sticks out an inch past my cabinets, I couldn’t build my frame any taller than it already was. To improvise, I nailed 1x2 boards vertically above the bottom frame on each side, then I nailed a 1x8 horizontally over top of those pieces.

For the cover on the bottom frame, I needed a 15” piece, so I mended a few different width boards together with pocket holes from my Kreg Jig and 1.5” screws. You could also use metal mending plates though!

I wanted to be able to access the fake cabinet somewhat easily since there is duct work and an outlet in there, so I just used some 1.5” gold screws to secure the bottom cover to the 1x3 frame.

To cover the little gap between the soffit and cabinets, I nailed up a little piece of 1x2 trim with 45 degree edges and a 1x4 with 45 degree edges on the bottom.

Here’s a little recap of all the different size boards I’ve got going on!

In typical ME fashion, I decided I didn’t love the bottom trim piece, so I yanked it off. 🤪

I decided I wanted a 1x6 for the bottom trim piece instead of the 1x4 I had previously, so I cut some new pieces with 45 degree edges and nailed them up.

I used my fav stain color (Minwax Special Walnut) and sealed the whole thing with a coat of polycrylic. We’ve had it up for 2 years now and have not had any issues with warping from stovetop steam or heat.

That’s it! What do you think!?


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