How I Built A Range Hood Cover

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$300
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When we moved into our home the wall behind our stove was dominated by heavy, imposing cabinetry that made the ceiling feel low and the room feel cramped. I had in mind the look I was going for and I knew I could achieve the style I was going for on a budget.
Here is the "before" photo....
I was able to remove the cabinetry and tile the whole wall from counter to ceiling. I had found a vent/fan at Ikea in the AS IS for 50% off. It's designed to be an under cabinet mounted vent/fan and it vents to the outside of our house.
I was able to remove the cabinetry and tile the whole wall from counter to ceiling. I had found a vent/fan at Ikea in the AS IS for 50% off. It's designed to be an under cabinet mounted vent/fan and it vents to the outside of our house.
Because the vent was not going to be mounted under a cabinet we constructed a triangular anchor for the vent to be mounted to.
Next I determined where the ceiling studs were and attached anchors for the front of the range hood cover.
Next I determined where the ceiling studs were and attached anchors for the front of the range hood cover.
I used thin MDF to make the facade of the range hood cover. It's purely decorative and doesn't support anything, the thin grade MDF is so light that it's the perfect material for a project like this.
I determined how far I wanted my range hood cover to stick out and attached spacers to the triangle anchors.
I then measured and cut out MDF for the sides of the range hood cover.
I then measured and cut a piece for the front of the range hood cover.
I used 2" kraft board to trim out the range hood cover. I used construction adhesive to attach the trim.
I used 2" kraft board to trim out the range hood cover. I used construction adhesive to attach the trim.
After all the trim was attached I filled all the seams with caulk, primed and painted the entire range hood cover. The knobs that turn on the range hood vent and light are right up under the front of the range hood cover. There is about a 3" clearance so there is no complications switching the vent and light off and on. (I added a photo in the comments showing my husband turning the knobs off and on. When you are standing at the stove you can see the knobs clearly but if you step back a foot or two the knobs are hidden. I also added a photo in the comments of the underside of the vent for those wondering how we clean the filter.)
After all the trim was attached I filled all the seams with caulk, primed and painted the entire range hood cover. The knobs that turn on the range hood vent and light are right up under the front of the range hood cover. There is about a 3" clearance so there is no complications switching the vent and light off and on. (I added a photo in the comments showing my husband turning the knobs off and on. When you are standing at the stove you can see the knobs clearly but if you step back a foot or two the knobs are hidden. I also added a photo in the comments of the underside of the vent for those wondering how we clean the filter.)
For such a quick and easy project it sure makes a huge impact in our kitchen. To get the whole scoop on this project and the specifics on how I created this DIY range hood cover check out my blog at www.Lovethetompkins.com!
For such a quick and easy project it sure makes a huge impact in our kitchen. To get the whole scoop on this project and the specifics on how I created this DIY range hood cover check out my blog at www.Lovethetompkins.com!
Public Service Announcement: So here’s my own little PSA since I get so many comments about the “safety” of the vent hood. As you can see the entire bottom of the vent hood is metal. This is a vent hood made to be attached to cabinets and hang over a stove therefore it has been rated for use in the way it is being used here. There is no wood/mdf etc exposed to potential flare ups/ steam etc. which makes this inherently more safe than a kitchen with no vent hood and cabinets over the stove. For those worried about the safety of the electrical side of things, I had an electrician wire this in and also vent it to the outside for me. I Don’t have pictures of that but rest assured it happened. For those worried that this will not pass inspection, it did in 2016 with flying colors - thanks for your concern. For those just worried in general - it’s okay the world is scary, swipe right, scroll on and find a project that you feel comforatble reading about. I hear gardening is pretty safe   

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  • Donna Toland Donna Toland on Feb 14, 2016
    How do you clean the fan and hood now
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 14, 2016
      The fan vents to the outside of our house and the vent/ filter is accessible from underneath the vent hood. So you just take it off and clean or replace it.
    • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on Feb 27, 2018

      What a vision! Love the open shelves replacing the old cabinets. It looks amazing, quite inventive and well planned. I have one question... Could you coat the inside hood with heat resistant paint? It seems like the heat might get trapped up in the hood. So you matched tile, or totally gutted and started with new? What an update, absolutely "now", and you are very talented! Kudos!

  • Zoila Schmitz Zoila Schmitz on Feb 14, 2016
    Where does it vent out to? I rent and we have a hood over our range but doesn't do me any good cause it doesn't vent out so if you're cooking something that smells you better open windows
  • Deborah C Deborah C on Feb 14, 2016
    I love this, but like mine the knobs to work the fan are on the front edge. How do you use the fan now?
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 14, 2016
      @Deborah C Deborah, mine our, too - and not low on the front lip, either...way up near the top! Love the look of this, too, but couldn't do it unless we bought a new range vent.Also, for those of you having problems, you might want to clean the filter. You can soak it in vinegar/water and let it air dry.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 14, 2016
      There is a couple inches of space on the front, the knobs are hidden from anyone not standing directly at the stove. In the photo my husband is demonstrating how to turn it on, he has fairly large hands and is still able to comfortably turn the knobs on and off.
    • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Feb 27, 2018
      Good job "Love The Thompkins". For the readers concerned about knob access, use this idea and attach a piano hinge or several hinges across the top of the front panel, put some magnet on the sides to keep the panel flush with the ends. There you have taken this wonderful idea and adapted it to your situation. Your welcome"smile".
  • JoAnn Richardson JoAnn Richardson on Feb 14, 2016
    I'm a newbie of DIY and would you please tell me what MDF board is. Is it different that regular wood
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 14, 2016
      MDF stands for Medium density fiber board. It comes in different thicknesses, this is the 1/4" variety. It's great for purely decorative indoor projects. It cuts like a dream and has a super smooth surface so it's great for projects that are to be painted. It's basically wood particles chopped and formed into panels.
  • Nancy Nancy on Feb 15, 2016
    Since this is made from wood, is it safe from fire and up to code? I. Am unsure if it would pass code here. I need this type of alternative for my kitchen. PS. my stove caught on fire years ago and melted the tiles on the wall and smoke damaged my entire kitchen. So I hope you understand why I want to be cautious and up to code for insurance purposes also.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 15, 2016
      Hi Nancy it is up to code. This vent/fan is made to be mounted on or IN a cabinet. We also looked into having someone come and build a range hood cover in our home before we took on a DIY project. To have a professional cabinet person do the job they bring a moulded wood (MDF) hood cover, or sometimes even a plastic one that is pained to match your cabinetry and it has a vent and fan in the shape of a tray that sets just on the underside of the hood, the set up is the same.
  • KeepItSimpleSister KeepItSimpleSister on Feb 15, 2016
    Fantastic...such a brilliant idea....Great job!!
  • Great job... but it doesn't vent anywhere.. it is suppose to vent out of the house????
    • Phlea Whitehair Phlea Whitehair on Feb 15, 2016
      @Hotheadzmarine.williamson some hoods are just a filter not an actual vent.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 15, 2016
      It's in the post that it vents through the wall and to the outside of our home. The ducting runs directly behind the fan so you can't see it in any of the photos.
  • Julia Sipe Bentley Julia Sipe Bentley on Feb 15, 2016
    What a brilliant idea and it looks amazing in your kitchen. I dont see where it vents outside. Did I miss that part?
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 15, 2016
      @Julia Sipe Bentley Hi Julia, Thank you :) I mentioned that it vents to the outside when I explained where I found the vent/fan. I didn't include any pictures of hooking up the vent to the existing duct work where the old fan was though. The ducting isn't exposed though since it just goes straight back behind the fan through the wall and outside. I think that must be why some viewers have been so confused!
    • Julia Sipe Bentley Julia Sipe Bentley on Feb 15, 2016
      Ahhhh, thats why I got lost :) You did such a very nice job! I highly doubt you would have any moisture problems with it being vented outdoors. Be sure to let me know when you go into business...I want one now!! Lol. Great job, girl!!
    • Diane Taylor Noel Diane Taylor Noel on Feb 01, 2017
      Just a gorgeous upgrade. I love the tiles going all the way up to the ceiling as well as the open shelving. So much brighter too, nice job!
  • Katherine M Poll Katherine M Poll on Feb 15, 2016
    I comment rarely, but I completely agree. This is one of the best upgrades I've ever seen. I have a similar layout and will hold on to this. If you haven't already done so (and you don't mind sharing), what was the cost breakdown?
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 15, 2016
      Thank you so much Kathrine :) It was actually quite inexpensive! I bought the vent fan at Ikea from the as-is section, it had been a floor model and was marked down to 45$. I already had MDF left over from a previous project, but a whole sheet of the thin MDF at Home Depot runs about 28$. 2x4's we had on hand from a previous project. I bought the 2' trim pieces from lowes and they are around 3$ for an 8 foot piece. Hope that helps!
  • Jo Jo on Feb 15, 2016
    How are the surfboards attached? Doesn't look like the support beams to out to the edge of the vent.
  • Terry Terry on Feb 15, 2016
    Are you worried about the thin MDF bowing after a while with all the cooking steam and moisture?
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 15, 2016
      I would definitely be worried about the moisture in a bathroom situation but here I'm not so worried. The whole underside of the vent hood is metal as it is taken up by the vent fan and ours has ducting that vents to the outside of our home. We've not had issues with any moisture accumulating on the vent hood cover itself.
  • Rena Short Rena Short on Feb 15, 2016
    I have to regularly clean above and around my rangehood. because of the grease that collects there. Your idea is wonderful and beautiful. But how would you clean the hidden hood?
  • PatB PatB on Feb 27, 2018
    I didn't see how you put a hole in the wall for the outside venting. Do you have pictures of that?
    • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Feb 27, 2018
      She is venting outside she commented on other comments.
    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Feb 27, 2018
      I went to her blog, and there is nothing about putting a hole in the wall for a vent. I'm assuming the opening for the vent was already there?

    • PatB PatB on Feb 27, 2018
      I know she said that, however, it would have been nice to see how she did it.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 27, 2018

      I actually didn’t get a picture of that part- long story short I had an electrician help me wire the vent hood in and he vented it out the back for me while I was out shopping for a new stove- he had accidentally broken mine that morning while he was installing the vent hood supports 😱

    • PatB PatB on Feb 27, 2018

      Thank you.

  • Theresa Schrak Mohr Theresa Schrak Mohr on Feb 27, 2018
    So what do you with the stuff you had up above the store?
    • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Feb 27, 2018
      What does that matter. I'm sure found some place for it.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 27, 2018

      I actually never stored anything in those above the oven cabinets, they were really gross from the previous owner. Even without those cabinets I took down my kitchen had 19 cabinets and then we built a huge pantry around our refrigerator.

    • Theresa Schrak Mohr Theresa Schrak Mohr on Feb 27, 2018
      Thank you Lisa sounds like a nice answer and great idea with the pantry. Thanks for not being snarky like some.
      Terri
  • Julia Sipe Bentley Julia Sipe Bentley on Feb 27, 2018
    I think this is a really cool idea. I am wondering though, if steam seeps up past the exhaust hood, won't warping and mold be a concern?
    • Alice Alice on Feb 27, 2018
      • If you leave the fan on long enough to clear the air, there should not be a problem. Most people turn the fan off too soon.
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 27, 2018

      Hi Julia, no steam here! I should have taken a photo of the underside of the vent hood because there is so much concern about the “safety” of our vent hood but the entirety of the bottom of the vent hood is covered by the metal vent hood insert so steam is sucked up by the fan and any condensation that may occur is on the bottom of the vent hood (the metal) and never reaches the decorative cover :)

  • Where is your microwave
    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Feb 27, 2018
      I think I saw a small counter top model to the right of the stove. She's probably like most of us. Only use the micro to heat small amounts. My own, which came with the house, is way bigger than I need.
  • BJEB BJEB on Feb 27, 2018
    Where does the heat and smoke go? Usually there is an exhaust fan that leads outside. I am not seeing this in the pictures. I do like this project idea.
    • Steve Hazelett Steve Hazelett on Feb 27, 2018

      She said in the post that it vents directly through her home’s exterior!

    • Karen J Karen J on Feb 27, 2018
      The exhaust fan is inside and is vented to the outside. See the pictures and explanations near the beginning of the article.
    • Linda Bradley Linda Bradley on Feb 27, 2018

      You can see the fan in the pictures before the cover is built.


      And in the first paragraph it states: "I had found a vent/fan at Ikea in the AS IS for 50% off. It's designed to be an under cabinet mounted vent/fan and it vents to the outside of our house."

  • Marie Entz Marie Entz on Feb 27, 2018

    Isn't it awkward to access the light and fan controls with them covered?

    • Carol Carol on Feb 27, 2018

      I think it would be as well. I think I would have painted it white and left that part uncovered. Beautiful job on the project though. I love the subway tile!

    • Suzanne Suzanne on Feb 27, 2018

      She states in the article that the controls are not covered. One of the side views shows how the cover is about 3 inches away from the controls. I love it. So classy!

  • Tim Orr Tim Orr on Feb 27, 2018
    First..read the article before you ask stupid questions. Second...do any of you have wooden cabinets over YOUR stove? Geesh people, why be so quick to find fault with other's ideas? What ever happened to 'thinking before responding'? But, I guess that would be 'polite' and we all know that went away....

  • June June on Feb 27, 2018

    This looks awesome!! Sorry I didn't read all the comments and questions, but all I was wondering was if the fan actually pulls heat or smells out? Is it vented to the outside?

  • Een8096419 Een8096419 on Feb 27, 2018
    I want to pull off my glass shower. How can I fix the holes in a decorative way so it doesn't look bad
    • Carolyn Carolyn on Feb 27, 2018
      Choose a silicone for kitchen and bath color to match your shower and fill in the holes.
    • Peggy O'Neal Allmon Peggy O'Neal Allmon on Feb 27, 2018
      We used white plastic hole plugs. Got them at Lowes.
    • Teranarmstrong Teranarmstrong on Feb 27, 2018
      Two ways: either hide the holes or accent them. The methods above are ways to hide them. Depending upon the number of holes on either side, you could put an entire strip of a waterproof material (plastic or tile, etc). If you want to put accents up, get some really interesting pieces of glass or tile or jewelry pieces or mosaics and put them over the holes and in places where there are no holes so that the decor looks intentional. Contrast or complement the colors already in the bathroom. Good luck~
  • JOAN JOAN on Feb 27, 2018
    can i repair all the cracks in my faux marble sink
    • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 01, 2018

      Please post your question in the DIY Forum (see upper tab) so that one of our talented DIYers can help you!

  • Carol Roach Carol Roach on Feb 27, 2018
    You said you were going the vent would vent to outside the house. Did you change your mind about that. It looks really good though.
    • Julie Coates Julie Coates on Feb 27, 2018
      It's designed to be an under cabinet mounted vent/fan and it vents to the outside of our house
    • Valerie Fanning Valerie Fanning on Feb 27, 2018

      It vents straight out the back of the vent and through the wall.

    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 27, 2018

      It does vent to the outside. Like Valerie mentioned it vents straight out bedding the metal vent hood box :)

    • Carey Carey on Feb 27, 2018

      oops, Love the Tompkins, your auto correct corrected you again only it chose the wrong word. Should have said, "Behind" the metal vent hood! Mine does that to me all the time!!!

    • Vicky Corey Vicky Corey on Apr 15, 2018

      Carey, really? We all understood what she was saying and didn't need your snarky comment!

    • Sherrenae Sherrenae on Aug 06, 2018

      Thank you Carey. I didn't understand.


  • Fra22350876 Fra22350876 on Feb 27, 2018
    if you already havea hood and cabinets above that, what would be the advantage to do this? just for looks??
    • Love The Tompkins Love The Tompkins on Feb 27, 2018

      The cabinets that were over our stove were really imposing on the space around the stove. The cabinets themselves were cobbled together haphazardly and just really needed to be updated to match the rest of our kitchen (we updated the whole kitchen). The old vent fan wasn’t functional. So it was really an update for looks as well as function.

    • Pat hayes Pat hayes on Aug 06, 2018

      functionality....plus it looks frikkin' AWESOME!!

  • Pamela Pritchard Allen Pamela Pritchard Allen on Apr 21, 2018

    How did you carve around your crown molding?

    I Love the whole project. I think white always makes everything look so clean and neat (tidy). I especially like the shelving on both sides of the stove!

    • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Aug 06, 2018

      Looks like they just cut an angle out of the top back corner, to accommodate the trim. There's one pic t that shows it pretty clear.

  • Oh my god I feel like a total freakin dingbat! Until you said swipe right, I had no idea that you could do that on this site! 🤣 i loved your psa, there can be lotsa Debbie downers on here! Good stuff... you did a great job covering that range, stainless steel isnt for everyone. But ive gotta know, how well does it clean up? Im a super friggin messy cook

    • Angi Angi on Oct 24, 2019

      Ditto on Loving the PSA! Can't stand Negative Nellie's worrying over things uneccessarily.

  • Laura Siebrecht Laura Siebrecht on Aug 06, 2018

    My range hood has a vent pipe that goes up and through the ceiling, does yours not need this or at least if it was there I somehow missed it.

    • Laura Siebrecht Laura Siebrecht on Aug 06, 2018

      Sorry I just read where you did have it vented outside but just didn't have pictures of it. I really love the look of it all. I want some open shelving but my husband reminded me that our shelves are so messy that it is better we keep the doors to hide the clutter lol. He is so right too.


    • Brianinbc Brianinbc on May 07, 2020

      Unusual to vent through roof, most will push out through wall behind stove - shortest route usually cheaper and it maximizes strength of air flow when it exits the area.

      Brian in BC

  • Lov29862990 Lov29862990 on Sep 15, 2018

    Do you hire yourself out?

  • Danielle Todesco Danielle Todesco on Nov 17, 2020

    I LOVE how it turned out, and I LOVE your PSA even more!!! Hahahaha!!! Well done.

    • Donna Donna on Jan 06, 2021

      Never a dumb question, right? What is PSA? Maybe you know something about venting, in a two story house. Unfortunately my oven isn’t on an outside wall. Thanks for any help!

    • Bonnie Bonnie on Jan 19, 2021

      Mine isn't on an outside wall either. We're going through the roof. Also no cabinet to attach it to which is why I'm using Tompkins plan here with the brackets. FamilyHandyman has a very good article on how to do vent through the roof. https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/new-kitchen-venting/


      PSA = Public Service Announcement.

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  • Kelly N Russ Smith Kelly N Russ Smith on Mar 28, 2020

    Oh for goodness sake...!! I l LOVE THIS!!!

    I have been searching for a DIY like THIS to make an outdoor window awning. THIS is the pattern idea/how-to I've been searching for!! Now I need to figure out what kind of material I can use that's water resistant for the Northwest rain. I am open to any tips. Thank you for posting this!!

  • Rac48389760 Rac48389760 on Jun 05, 2020

    Awesome! Looks professional. Will be moving soon. Not sure how my next range top will look. I'm definitely keeping this as an awesome alternative to what may be there. Thank you. I will be looking at your blog.

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