Tuesday, March 30, 2010

the kitchen chronicles – Part 11

Range Hood ‘How-to’
You may notice I didn’t call this a ‘tutorial’, but rather a ‘how-to’.  The reason is this:  Since Mr. Charming and I were totally flying by the seat of our pants on this one, I’m sure I haven’t written step by step instructions.  I honestly can’t tell you how many times we changed our minds and changed directions on this project. 
Instead, this ‘how-to’ will give you some understanding of what is involved with making your own range hood.  Since many of us revamp our kitchens by painting our cupboards, there’s nothing stopping you from installing a painted range hood for that added custom look.PM390_1
The first step is buying a fan insert.  You might be able to rework your own fan into this project, but as with everything in my house, my fan came as a complete patchwork job when I bought the house.  So it had to go.
broan LB30I used a Broan PM390 . Don’t forget you’ll also require a liner.  The liner looks like this (model LB30).
Our hood is made from MDF and will be made to fit this space. I wanted the hood to cover the bulkhead and go to the ceiling.
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For that reason, you can see the sides of the hood have the extra piece that will reach the ceiling. Start by cutting the sides. We only mitered the FRONT. You wont need the back mitered.
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Cut pieces for the back that act like braces against the back wall.  Make sure to take an embarrassing picture of your mans backside at the same time.
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range hood tutorial 016 Measure and cut your FRONT piece with the sides mitered.  We cut two pieces of MDF to place on the inside corner of the mitered joint for support.
range hood tutorial 024 range hood tutorial 026   Using carpenters glue, glue the sides and screw them to the front piece.
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Glue up the joined sides and place the back frame on top of the front.
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Now you have a shell that looks something like this.  I should mention that the front could be as long as the sides, but we were short of MDF and decided that that short piece would do since we were adding something to the bottom anyway.  range hood tutorial 045 range hood tutorial 049

range hood tutorial 057 We added a couple of spare pieces to attach our decorative front to. 

Then a couple of coats of primer, and a FEW coats of paint.

We used hardboard for the front. It’s thinner, lighter in weight and was the right thickness for what we needed.
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We attached our painted beadboard with adhesive and then trimmed it with a painted L- profile wood trim.
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I doubt this is how the pros do it, but I needed some weight to keep the glue together.  I knew I saved those granite samples for something.
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Now, if you remember our little mantle piece that we made in an earlier post Kitchen Chronicles – Part 9.  This was constructed to fit on the front.
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Keep in mind that anytime we added something or changed anything we always made sure the inside of this frame remained 27” (the measurement of the liner).  Very important to ensure the fan insert and liner fit properly.
Enlist cheap family labor (love you Michael!) to help with the heavy stuff. If your ductwork lines up properly you can hook up to vent outside. If not you’ll need to get a charcoal filter.
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Once the hood is secure, insert the liner and fasten to inside and pop in your fan. Add trim and finishing touches.  range hood tutorial 118
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(Light valance not up at this point.)
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Before hood before
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Amazing what a little blood, sweat and tears can do.
Next up…  Entire Kitchen Reveal

Showing off @ It's So Very Thrifty @ It's So Very Chreri
Funky Junk Donna's SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors 
Make Your Monday @ The Twice Remembered Cottage
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Made by You Monday @ Skip to my Lou
Be Inspired @ Room to Inspire


  1. Wow! Lisa, I just can't get over how much you are capable of doing! You are a true DIY phenom! I love how your kitchen is turning out! You go girl!!


  2. I second that WOW! Gorgeous!!! It looks so unique but fits SO perfectly...great job!

  3. Absolutely amazing! Your kitchen looks fabulous and I can hardly wait to see the final reveal.

    Lisa from Brampton

  4. Lisa,
    your kitchen looks beautiful. Great job!!!

  5. You and the hubby have really outdone yourselves with this redo. Everything just looks top notch. Great job on the hood cover.

  6. That looks amazing Lisa ~ I cannot wait to see the entire reveal!!

  7. How creative. It really looks great!
    My vent goes into my attic and air blows back down into my kitchen from it. Ugh

  8. Wow, I'm jealous - it's beautiful! I'd like to invite you to come "plant your creative seed" at my blog party "Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions". It's a party that usually happens on Fridays but its open all this week as I'm having a give away! Come sign up!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  9. This looks so great! So fresh.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you come by again soon!

  10. Your kitchen is looking just gorgeous! The range hood is certainly ingenius, I have never thought of building the whole thing ourselves. It is a great idea, though. Cindy from Winnipeg

  11. Whoa! That looks great! You definitely have vision and guts to pull that off. Way to go! Thank you for your nice comments on my foyer and thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. That is beautiful! I love the idea of having a mantel over the stove too!
    ☺ Celeste

  13. absolutely charming! ...so amazing that you did this yourself! I hopped over from Twice Remembered and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation and drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope that you will do the same. until later...

  14. So gorgeous! Fantastic work, wanna come over and do my house now :)

  15. WOW! That turned out beautiful! I love it. Do you want to come do my kitchen now? :)

  16. Saw you on Just Something I Whipped Up and had to come get a closer look. It is pretty amazing! I love it.

  17. Wow, I am just in awe! I can't wait to see the big reveal! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired this week.


  18. That blends in so nicely with all the other things you have done in your kitchen. I like the shelf, breaks up the space and you can change out the accessories when ever you want! I actually liked the before picture, that is more me, but I also like how you re-did it!

  19. Wow! What a project to take on. I can't believe it. It looks fabulous!

  20. wow! that looks amazing! I'd love for you to come link up over here http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/04/sundae-scoop-link-party.html

  21. Wonderful job! Love your new cabinet doors. :-)

  22. I just wish I had been there to see the magic happen! It turned out beautiful!!!!!

  23. Wow! The difference is amazing. I love your kitchen.


  24. You guys did an amazing job. Did you have to put the liner and fan in the mdf box and then install on the the wall. I am doing the same project and not sure how to do the install. Thanks for any help.


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