Diy Wood Vent Hood With a Modern Vibe

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Hello! Today I am sharing a DIY vent hood we made for the kitchen while renovating the Airbnb house. It is definitely the number one thing I’ve gotten asked about on Instagram since we showed the reveal a few weeks ago. It was a quick weekend project and ended up costing about $200.00. I think it’s perfect for the vibe of this kitchen, which is a coastal modern feel.

Finished cottage kitchen

I had a very specific vision of what I wanted a new hood vent to look like. Clean lines that were modern and warm. After scouring Pinterest, I was able to show my husband what I had in mind. We decided to buy a new vent and build around it. We chose one by Broan because it was highly rated, inexpensive, and convertible. We ended up venting ours into the garage.

Installing the vent hood

My husband used 1 x 4’s to build a frame (basically a box) around the installed vent hood. From there, he framed the box with plywood. At this point, I have to say I almost had him stop because I loved this look! I think stained just like this would be amazing. Perfect for a modern home. However, I was looking for a little more coastal cottage feel.

Wrapping the box with plywood

We found 2 x 4 poplar boards online at Home Depot that had beautiful grain. We probably could have searched out less expensive options, but we were using Home Depots’ curbside service due to the pandemic and had to use what was available online. This was before the sky-high prices of wood this year!

Trimming the boards
Installing the boards to plywood

We also added trim along the inside bottom of the frame to make it feel finished. I totally forgot to photograph that, but it shows in the final pics. :-

Then it was time to stain. I used Minwax natural and added a bit of English Walnut to brown it up a bit. I like to mix my own stain from open cans I have on hand. It’s great for finding a particular tone.

That is it! Honestly, the hardest part was finding the lightbulbs that were not included with the vent! We love the warmth it adds to the kitchen, and it feels so much better than the stainless steel. If you'd like to see the entire renovation you can see it here. If you'd like to see how we stained our countertops you can see that here:

The hood installed.

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