DIY the Heck Out of Your Existing Range Hood!
How to build a DIY Range Hood Cover
You probably have figured out by now that I’m not going to pay $500 or more for a custom range hood. I’m also not going to pay $150-$200 for a liner insert even if I built a range hood.
“But your range hood is… well… HIDEOUS!” you say.
I know, but I don’t have that kind of money to throw away on frivolous things like range hoods. Even if it is U-G-L-Y.
I happen to have a plan though…
Can you keep a secret? Me too. And I’m going to right behind this custom box I’m going to build. The secret is that behind it is my icky old range hood. Hee, hee, hee. Devious. I know… Like Cruella DeVille devious… her range hood was probably made of puppies. Mine won’t be, I swear.
My box needed to be 30″wide, 7″ deep and 9″ tall to cover my current range hood. Obviously, the bottom would be open, it didn’t need a back and it didn’t need a top- plus we need to reach through the top to get to the buttons. (It’s really complicated, there are 2 buttons- the light and the fan.)
So, Essentially, I made a 3 sided box that looks like it belongs with my cabinets.
This is what you need to start with. I’m assuming that these measurements really could be universal since my range hood is a regular, cheapy that you can get anywhere. Plus my Mom, my Aunt, my cousin and my Grammy all have the same ones in their houses. It’s a shame isn’t it?
My supply list:
1- 2’x4′ Lauan plywood
2- 3/4″x 4″ x 6′ Aspen boards- I ripped these in half lengthwise to make 4- 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 6′ boards.
1- 1″ x 2″- just a small piece cut in half lengthwise to make square pieces of board. (not pictured… they were shy I guess.)
4- 7″ pieces of aspen- trim for sides of box
6- 5 1/2″ pieces of aspen-trim for sides of box
3- 30″ pieces of aspen- 2 for front trim and 1 to attach to cabinets.
2- 9″ x 7″ lauan- sides of box
1- 30″ x 9″ lauan- front of box
2- 9″ 1″x1″ pieces of scrap for corners- not pictured.
First assemble your sides and front with the trim. I glued and used 1/2″ brad nails to hold- just clip and file down if they go through. You only need a few- they will just hold until the glue dries. Make sure you cover the entire surface of your board with glue. Dad uses a brush- I use my finger.
|One of the sides.|
Then using 3/4″ brad nails- I attached the 2 corner pieces to the front of the box. Try not to nail your project to the table. (I’ve done that before…I’ve also nailed things to the floor
|Get your last look at the hideousness of that old range hood!!|
Before I put it up on the cabinet, I added the slats. To do this, I just divided the space with 5. I wanted 5 slats so that it was symmetrical- (I’m weird like that). I used a scrap piece of 5mm Lauan standing on edge as the spacer between each.
|Not made out of puppies.
Total for project: