Rather than wasting the space, learn how we used the existing ducting and cabinet above our stove to create a custom DIY storage range hood cover.
Custom DIY Storage Range Hood Tutorial
NOTE: The fan is vented to the outside of our house through ductwork. It does not blow into the top of the hood, nor does it blow back into the kitchen. This is what it was designed for.
Today I’m finally sharing the last piece of the kitchen renovation! I’m going to do my best to walk you through this process in detail. Just keep in mind that your dimensions may be a little different than ours, so you will have to adjust accordingly.
Inspiration Photo via Better Homes and Gardens
We have received many questions about our DIY storage range hood! I have to give all of the credit for the storage factor to Mack- while we were in the planning stages of the kitchen I presented him with this beautiful high-end inspiration photo. He not only had a clear vision for how he would build it, but he also saw the functional potential in it by recycling the existing cabinet as a storage area.
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We started out by searching for the cheapest possible under cabinet stainless steel vent fan that we could find.
We had a few considerations- we had to make sure it would fit the existing ductwork that attached in the back of the current ugly white vent fan. The new vent fan we found was made by Broan and I chose it because it had the buttons on the bottom rather than the front, so it was perfect for our purpose!
We followed the standard installation instructions, and luckily it fit perfectly and easily with the existing ductwork (I didn’t get a photo, but it was a simple matter of attaching it at the existing connection). Next, we went to work modifying the cabinet.
Mack simply cut out the divider in the middle of the cabinet with his multi-tool. He tried to do it as neatly as possible, but we still ended up having to use a small piece of wood and putty to repair the area where the divider had been.
Next, he measured and cut the plywood for the sides. He does this all in his head, incredibly. I am the type of person who covers everything in sticky notes when I’m doing a project- he can remember numbers and measurements without a problem.
Then he installed the side pieces using wood glue, nails, and screws. The screws were used strategically. We wanted the extra support, but we could only use them where we knew they would eventually be covered by trim pieces.
Center braces were added to support for support for the plywood panel. The panel covers up the top of the vent, but enough of a gap was left so that it directs the air down from the fan to help it circulate.
We added the pine trim pieces to get the look of the architectural detail in the inspiration photo. After, I filled in the nail holes with Drydex and sanded. Then we painted it at the same time as the rest of the cabinets, using our paint sprayer.
The last step was the door. Mack built the door using a framed piece of plywood. He framed it because we knew that we were going to have to cut the door at an angle at the end so it would sit flush with the hood, so he wanted to have solid wood for a nice finished edge. We added the center trim (made from scrap pine) with glue and a nail gun.
Mack calculated the angle by making a template based off of the actual range hood. After making sure the template sat flush, he cut the door at the same angle.
Then it was time for the test fit. Nearly perfect!
I came in for the finish work at this point, and I sanded until it was perfectly flush, filled holes, and etc. We used the drill press to create the holes for the hinges, and then it received a coat of paint from the sprayer, and we reattached the hinges.
Then it was complete, and we reinstalled the door. Most people who visit are shocked that there is storage- while you can see the gaps around the lid if you look closely, it isn’t something that immediately jumps out at you.
We also added a friction lid support to keep it from shutting on me while I was using it.
I love the custom cabinetry inspired detail that it adds to our kitchen. Of course, I appreciate the bonus that it is functional. I am extremely lucky that Mack has the skills to not only accomplish my ideas, but he also brings his own brand of logical creativity to our projects. What do you think of this project?
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