Our DIY range hood cover is complete! It turned out gorgeous and the cover itself cost less than $30! This custom project has really started to bring our $1k kitchen makeover together.
Here is a before photo of our old range hood:
Our range hood went from an eye sore to a beautiful, focal point of the kitchen. This DIY hood range cover combined with enclosing the space above our kitchen cabinets has added lots of character and charm!
Let’s get real here though, I almost gave up on this project half way through while trying to figure out the best way to do this project and the angles involved. So glad I didn’t though!
Because this project was so custom to our kitchen and all kitchen range hood setups vary, I’m not going to do a highly detailed tutorial like I normally do. Instead, it’s going to be more of a high level overview of what I did in case you want to do something similar.
I basically figured out each step as I went. There may be better ways to do this, but based on my set up and the design I wanted, this process worked for me!
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How to build a DIY Range Hood Cover:
**Note, the amount of boards you will need depends on the measurement of your range hood.
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1. Install a new range hood if needed
For the range hood cover design I wanted to do, we had to replace our old range hood as it was too big and it didn’t have the buttons on the bottom side. Plus, it was really outdated and needed to be replaced anyways.
We needed a ductless, under cabinet mount range hood that was less than 28″ wide so I could fit side trim pieces. At first I ordered this range hood which is specifically for building custom hood covers around and it can be installed as ducted or ductless. Once it arrived though, the installation was confusing.
I returned it and ordered this range hood instead, which was a little more expensive but perfect for what I needed. It comes in many sizes (I used the 24″ size in white) and can be installed as ducted or ductless as well. It’s also available here and here.
For this step, we also removed our cabinet doors located above the range hood.
2. Add side cabinet trim if needed
If your cabinets have side trim pieces, then you can skip this step. My cabinets do not, the doors extend right to edge. So, I added side trim pieces with a brad nailer and 1x2s, the same height as the range hood.
3. Install a range hood cover frame
The key to this project was building a sturdy support frame for the DIY range hood cover. First, I made two side pieces with 2x2s and 1x2s nailed together to fit behind the 1×2 side pieces.
Then, I used my Kreg Jig and 2 1/2″ Kreg screws to create pockets holes on each end of the side pieces to secure them to the front 2×2 frame board. You could just use a drill and regular screws but I wanted an extra strong joint.
This frame extended out 1″ more than the depth of my range hood.
We attached the frame to the cabinets with 2 1/2″ screws through the side cabinets which are attached to the wall studs.
The result was a very sturdy frame!
4. Add angle frame supports to range hood frame
The last part of the frame build is the angle framing support. Ugh this is the step that made me want to quit midway through this project. Honestly, looking back I was just overthinking this step and making it more difficult than it needed to be with the angles.
You can see more details of this step in the DIY range hood video tutorial here!
First, we added 1x2s that were 1/4″ in from the side 1×2 pieces so that our side range hood cover pieces (1/4″ thick plywood) had something to nail into along the back. These boards were nailed into our cabinets.
Next, I added two 2x2s stacked on top of each other with 2″ brad nails on each side. I did this so that my 1×6 stained wood board could be installed at the correct height and to provide support for the angle framing boards.
For the 1×2 front angled boards, I held the board out past the stacked 2x2s to mark the exact angle needed which was about 21 degrees (again check this step out in the hood range cover video). Since we were working with a right angle triangle, I did some geometry to then figure out the top angle cuts!
X = 180 degrees – 21 degrees – 90 degrees
X = 69 degrees
Well my miter saw only cuts up to 55 degrees. And I didn’t want to hold the board at a wonky angle while cutting. So, then we realized we didn’t need it be perfect and we just cut as far of an angle as we could, the 55 degrees, and that was enough of an angle to nail into the wall.
Then we nailed the bottom part of the board into the stacked 2x2s.
Also, we added some 1x2s inside of the cabinet front corners to have a smaller gap to caulk.
5. Attach plywood range hood cover
Use a circular saw and cut the 1/4″ plywood to size for the front cover. We made ours a little taller than the angled 1×2 boards.
Secure with 1″ brad nails and a brad nailer to the 1x2s.
For the sides, I clamped plywood up and then traced the exact shape we needed to cut. Then, a circular saw and straight edge guide was used to make the perfect cut.
6. Add front range hood cover trim
The front range hood cover was trimmed out with this lattice trim and 1″ brad nails. It hides the plywood edges too! If this range hood cover were larger I would have added trim to the sides too, but it was just too small.
7. Caulk, fill holes, prime, and paint DIY hood range cover
At this point we caulked all the gaps and seams, filled holes with a lightweight spackle, primed, and then painted. I used the same paint as our extended kitchen cabinet enclosure, Benjamin Moore Advance in White Dove (satin sheen).
8. Cut and install 1×6 stained wood board to range hood cover frame
This step was my favorite part of this DIY hood range cover!
Cut a 1×6 to size to trim out the front of the frame hood cover. The front board needs a 45 degree bevel cut on each end. And the two side boards need a 90 degree end and a 45 degree bevel end.
Here is one of the side board ends:
I wanted everything to be very wipeable being above a stove, so that’s why we added poly to the wood, plus it looks great. See my tips for staining wood for a pretty finish! And make sure the wood is sanded properly too!
Install the side boards first, clamped into place and level, with 1 1/4″ brad nails. We left about 3/4″ of wood exposed under the range hood. Then, nail the front board to the side boards and frame.
9. Finish the underneath side of the range hood cover (if needed)
Lastly, I wanted a clean look underneath of the range hood cover. I used these 1×4 @ 3/8″ thick boards cut to size and painted them white, then nailed them into the frame to cover it. I just used them along the sides, since I wanted to leave a gap along the front side underneath.
Here’s the finished cover!
Well I am just in awe at how lovely this DIY range hood cover turned out! It has really brought our kitchen makeover together thus far! I love the warmth and character it provides!
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this project! What do you think?
I know we could really use a new range now, but that will just have to wait for a phase 2 makeover since this phase 1 makeover only has a $1000 budget!
Follow along on Instagram stories for sneak peeks of the kitchen makeover progress and follow along on YouTube for video tutorials of all the DIY projects! The final reveal is getting close, I can’t wait to wrap this kitchen makeover up!
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