DIY(ish) Hood vent

I say DIY-ish because we actually had the frame of the hood custom fabricated and then customized it and installed it ourselves. Joe and I wanted the hood to be a statement piece in our kitchen and we also wanted it to stand out quite a bit from our white cabinets. So, we designed it to fit the space and had a local fabricator make the steel frame. After that, we were actually going for a faux black, brown, copper color and decided to do this cool treatment with liquid copper and black steel stain.  After trying 3 times to get it right and then sanding it off, we couldn’t quite get the look we were going for and it was really uneven and didn’t look good. So, we decided to just paint it. We were in a pretty big time crunch since this was one of the last things to go up and we were getting close to inspection. So, we chose a brown metal spray paint and called it good for now. We have some black rub ‘n’ buff that we are going to put on the edges to add some dimension and more character, but for now, we just needed to get it up! We also had the welder make us some very large round bolts to put in so we could bolt the barn wood to the front to add some charm.  The barn wood we picked up from a local reclaimed wood place and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! I think it adds such an amazing and rustic element to the hood. We ordered just a standard 48″ inch vent kit to put inside and man… was it heavy!! The install of the actual vent and bolting everything together was probably the hardest part and took  A LOT of muscle on Joe and the builders part! But they are studs… and got it done ( I helped too!) Also, don’t forget to cut little pieces to finish the edges off. In our case, our cabinets were so tight that we couldn’t go around the corner with the actual wood because the doors wouldn’t be able to open so we had to just cut pieces from the barn wood to finish off the sides and glue them on. As you can see… a lot of blood sweat and tears went into this hood! But we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Hope this helps and Good luck!!

 

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