Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easy Update

Posted by: Paulette
I'm sorry I don't have a before picture of this range hood. Trust me. It was U-G-L-Y! It was a shiny black inset with a thin border of silver. Not the look I'm going for, but for very little money, I was able to make it pretty. And it will be gorgeous when I finish painting my cabinets the same color.
Here's what I did.
Wood applique and trim
 I started by buying some 1/2 inch molding and a wood applique. Then I tried cutting the trim in my miter box with my jig saw. Oops! Wrong saw for this project. You can skip this step. 
Oops! Not a jig saw project!

I mitered the corners to the correct measurement of the hood using a coping saw.
coping saw
I probably could have used a hand saw, if I had a decent one. I'm just using what I have on hand. This is the first time I've used my miter box. So, I am learning as I go.
Since I was attaching the trim to metal, I washed it really well. Vinegar and baking soda did a great job at cutting through the grease. 
Then I used tile adhesive to glue the trim and applique on. When it was set, I filled in the gap between the trim and the front of the hood with caulk, and cleaned off the excess.
I let it set up overnight, and then primed the entire hood with a gray tinted primer. 
When that was dry, It got two coats of Color Place (Walmart brand) Semi-gloss paint in dark Coalmine.
I let that set up overnight and distressed the wood with some sand paper and then stained the bare wood parts with a dark brown glaze.
Since I had some of the supplies already this project came in under $10. A lot cheaper than a new hood! 

Distressed and stained
 I am now in the process of painting the cabinets. My kitchen will be so pretty when it's done. I am so excited!


  1. Thanks so much for your comments.....I really like how you said that when the Holy Spirit whispers in your ear it's undeniable! :)

    On a different note....the kitchen looks awesome!! I'd love for you to link up to Thrifty Thursday! :)

  2. Very creative, I agree it's going to look fantastic!