January 21, 2014

DIY Mantel Hood Tutorial

Back in November, we completed a small renovation in our kitchen.  We removed our over-the-range microwave and replaced it with a mantel hood with enclosed exhaust fan.  Thanks to Pinterest, I became obsessed with adding a mantel hood over our range.  At first, I was just disappointed that we hadn't thought to design one when we remodeled the kitchen 5 years ago.  The more I looked at pictures, I began to realize that we could totally DIY one.  And so we did!

Our plan was to remove the microwave, install a new exhaust fan with diy mantel and add a new range.  Here's what we started with:
After we removed the microwave, the kitchen immediately felt more spacious. 

 We also removed the tumbled stone backsplash.  As you can see in the pictures below, most of the sheetrock came off with the tile...which was good news to me because, now that the wall was opened, we could add a (affiliate link) pot filler (our basement below the kitchen is unfinished, allowing us easy access to our plumbing).  Billy was just thrilled about that!  haha.  

To begin installation of the (affiliate link) new exhaust fan, we needed to utilize the upper cabinet to house the fan.  We lost most of this cabinet space, but I haven't missed it at all because I didn't store much in there anyway as it was awkward to access this cabinet.  


We cut a hole in the base of the upper cabinet to fit the fan.  We used a piece of 1 inch thick wood to secure the fan on both sides and fill the space.  We knew none of this would be visible once the mantel was constructed.  We then proceeded to vent the hood outside (our microwave hood was not vented to the outside so we had to add this ductwork).  If your hood was already vented outside, your ductwork will already be there.


Here is a picture of the fan after the backsplash was installed.  This is taken looking up from the range.  All of this is completed concealed by the arched piece of wood.  


We used a 1x8 piece of maple (our cabinets are painted maple) to fit the opening.  Next, we scribed the arch onto the piece of maple.  To do this, we copied the arch that was on another piece of furniture in our house (the bookshelf in our bedroom).  I am sure there is a more technical way of creating an arch, but this was easiest for us.  Then, using a jigsaw, Billy cut the arch and sanded any rough edges.  Yes, he cut the wood on our kitchen island.  He's crazy like that ;)  The arch was then secured into the opening by screwing into the sides through the adjacent cabinets, just as you would attach cabinets to each other during installation.


 The arch was then secured into the opening by screwing into the sides through the adjacent cabinets, just as you would attach cabinets to each other during installation.


We then added the corbels (purchased at Lowes) and cut a 5 inch piece of maple to create the shelf and secure it with screws into the corbels.  I couldn't resist adding a few accessories before we painted it :)  

Finally, we color matched the off white color of our cabinets and painted everything.  We are thrilled with our results and how it takes our kitchen up a notch.  Here are some after pictures.  These were taken after we added the white subway tile backsplash and pot filler.

Our new countertop microwave is now stored on an open shelf.



If you'd like to see more pictures of our DIY kitchen, you can see them here.

Sources:
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Broan PM 390 range hood insert from Amazon-$204


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16 comments:

  1. The hood cover elevates the look of the entire kitchen. Love, love, love it!!!!

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  2. Looks fabulous! You are both so talented.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial Courtney- we are doing our kitchen soon and I want to build a range hood. Great timing!! Yours looks stunning, and that stove!!! Wowza:)

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  4. Great tutorial! I love your kitchen...especially the pot filler and corbels.

    Ann R.

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  5. It looks beautiful! You all did an amazing job. We did this last year to our kitchen and oh my what a world of difference it makes. Never again will we have a huge microwave over our cooktop.

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  6. This looks great! We are getting ready to build a home and I want something like this in the kitchen. What kind of range is this? Do you like it?

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    1. Hi Blake,

      Thanks! Our range is a Kenmore Pro Dual Fuel 30 inch range and we absolutely love it. The price was right (we got for just under $3K on sale) and it adds so much to our kitchen. I love to cook and bake and this range hasn’t disappointed. Highly recommend!!

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  7. This looks lovely and is just what I pictured in my own kitchen. Do you find it sits in a good position (not too far back) to suck up the steam for when you have goodies on your front burners?
    PS: Love your pot filler!

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    1. Thanks! I think the fan does a very good job. I haven't had any trouble or regrets. Good luck with your project!!

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  8. Hi there, I know it's been a while since you wrote this blog but do you happen to know what color the paint was that you used? Also, are you still happy with your range? We're looking at a similar one.

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    1. Hi Peggy! We had the paint color matched to our cabinet color so it isn't a specific name. Sorry! Also, we still LOVE this range. We have had no problems and I highly recommend it.

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  9. Hi again Courtney. Do you have the approx. dimensions of your finished hood? We have the same set-up in our kitchen and I really don't like it. Not sure where I'd put the microwave as I don't want it on the counter if we were to do something like this but my wheels are turning. Also, how difficult was it to vent to the outside?

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  10. Love it What kind of range hood did you buy that would fit into the cabinet?

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    1. Hi Leslie. Thanks! There is a link to the new exhaust fan in the post above. Here is the same link if you can't find it.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R9CFL6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000R9CFL6&linkCode=as2&tag=golboyandme-20

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  11. I LOVE this. Thank you so much for creating this; I am using it to communicate to my contractor what I want in my kitchen update (I don't want to rip out my perfectly fine cabinets). However, one thing I'm thinking about..and maybe I'm stupid, but...how do you turn the exhaust fan on when you need to? Do you have to sorta duck under the wooden cornice/shelf and look up?

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  12. I guess what I'm really trying to articulate is: Is it easy to turn your fan on and off?

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