Hola my peep! So when I bought my home about 2 and half years ago, I knew without a doubt I wanted a beautiful old world feel vent hood. I researched like crazy, but every vent hood was either too modern or too pricey. So what do mom’s do when they can’t find what they are looking for, we DIY it. My husband was a little nervous about it. After all we are its a big ordeal, at least at the time for us to under take. But I was determined and I was;t going to stay with that generic cabinet over the vent hood 80s look. So here we go a DIY rustic vent hood coming at you.
There she is in all her glory. When I said I wanted to rip all the cabinets off my husband was a lil freaked out. Then after it was done he was even more freaked out that there was massive whole in the wall when the builder had I guess another vent hole. I told him it could be covered up, but that didn’t help is nerves. I don’t blame him, I mean we just bought the house. But with my genius researching skills and I found a way to plug it up with a joint compound kit from Lowe’s. Now you can’t even tell. See funny just breath momma gots this!
The Frame: Solving a Problem
I first started to sketch on paper how I wanted the DIY rustic vent hood cover to look, then drew it on the wall. The real problem we faced was that the studs were no where near where I needed them to be. And this DIY vent hood cover is gonna be a heavy beast. So back to the drawing board it was. Had to figure out what I could use to hold a ton of weight on just the sheet rock, that includes the ceiling. I was so thrilled when I found this product at Lowe’s.
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Its called Toggle bolt drywall anchor by TOGGLER. Ok that was a mouth full, but these thing are awesome. They can hold up to 260 lbs per anchor. Of course it wasn’t going to be that heavy, but better safe then sorry. I don’t want this sucker falling on me when i’m cooking dinner one night, you know what I’m saying.
So as you can see in the picture below, we cut the two sides based off my drawing. I also drew out how far I wanted the top to stick out too. To install the toggle bolts we had to drill a hole big enough to fit the anchor. Then matched a hole with the stud boards that we cut out. Placed the toggle in the whole that we made in the wall, pulled on a piece that would secure the anchor onto the drywall. Aligned the hole in the board and screwed on the bolt also secure the stud board to the wall. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense the box comes with instructions. We used six in total. two on each side and two for the top.
After the main piece of the frame was bolted down, I added the remaining pieces to complete it. I also added a front piece to the frame so the the front face has something to lean against and to keep the front piece of the frame from sagging.
On to the faces
Ok so with these I cut each piece as I went. I tried to match the angle to the top as best as I could. Not too shabby is I do say so myself.
Next the side faces. One by one. It started to look like a cover. Anticipation was high.
Now that the main piece was done, it was time to make it look finished. I added a 1×6 piece to the lower part of the cover for a mantel feel. then added the rest of the trim to high any oppsies that I made. Hey I’m only human.
Once I finished I was almost happy with it. But something was missing. So I decided to make some corbels to attached to the bottom. I used Shanty 2 Chic’s corbel plans and modified them to be smaller. Those larger ones were so not going to fit under the hood.
The Final Product
And there you have it. A DIY rustic vent hood cover. I chose to stain it Jacobean from Minwax. I used it for my island and fell in love with the color. With all the lumber, anchors, and stain it came out to be around $150 or less. Not bad. Way better then $1200 or even $500. Your girl loves a good bargain. Anyway I hope you liked this DIY as much as I did and that you learned a little bit. Oh and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get updates, content not on the blog, and access to our resource library and furniture plans. Until next time loves.