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DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

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Hey there! Okay, so I feel like the laziest and worst DIYer in the history of ever! Everyone keeps asking me…in real life and online if my kitchen is completed yet. The answer is NO…but I am REALLY trying to finish it up over the next week or two! But here’s what’s changed since you last saw it! Check out the last Kitchen Update if you missed where I left off in November! I have included the diy vent hood plans with the kitchen update, so just skip on through the update if you’d like to get to the plans!

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

It is still a mess in here of course but if I cleaned it up, I wouldn’t have gotten back to work for a while because I wouldn’t want to make it a mess again! LoL!

Kitchen Update

I’ve come a long way since that last post but it is still no where near done! I’m going to get a little deep for a minute here so just scroll on through to the pics and info if you’d like!

I started working on my kitchen back in October, I was excited about it and everything was going great! Then about two weeks into the reno, my grandma took a turn in her liver cancer for the worst…we of course knew she would be passing but she was such a strong woman and managed to defy the Dr’s at every turn, so maybe in the back of our minds we thought she was going to survive like she did every other time!

Anyway, she ended up passing away right as the kitchen should have been finished but of course we had spent time with her in the hospital and such so I didn’t get to work on it like I should have! Then she passed away, and it was like everything in the kitchen was a reminder of her…I literally finished pouring the countertop and threw on clean clothes and went to the hospital to visit her, she kept telling me she was coming over as soon as I finished to eat with me! I was brad nailing mdf on the back of the sink there when my mom knocked on my door to give me the bad news! It seemed everything kept reminding me of her and I just needed a break from it! It sounds silly as I type it, but emotionally I’m not all that well developed! Lol! Anyway, so I stayed out of the kitchen for several months and then reasoned with myself on how ridiculous I was being and worked a little on it here and there and now I’m slowly feeling like I am getting somewhere!

The cabinets are almost ready for paint, a little more caulking and a final sand and I can start painting! I cannot wait to see them come to life with a fresh coat of paint!

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

That vent hood is the stuff my dreams are made of! I have wanted a vent hood for a few years and decided even though the vent is actually a pop up vent hood or whatever you call them, behind the stove, I could still fake it if I wanted! ???? The plans are down below if you are interested! I created two sets of plans because my stove was 44″ wide and so my vent hood had to be 46″ wide but I know that most people don’t have that large of a stove, so i provided the plans for a standard 33″ stove vent hood as well! And let’s not talk about the lights! Lol! When we originally placed the electric boxes, I was going to put the shelves back up on the wall, but now that the vent hood is so big, I can’t put the shelves back up to the left. So now the lights are way closer than need be to the vent hood but hubby says, he isn’t changing them….so either I risk tearing up all the tile and hard work I already put in to make it ‘right’ or I leave it alone! I cannot decide what to do…so for now, I think I am going to order slightly different lights and see if that helps! If you have any suggestions I would LOVE to hear them!

Moving on, we had a nasty moldy mess underneath the drink station! That area still needs a ton of work, but a couple days in the garage, and I should have a new drink station and awesome plans for you all, so it’s kinda a win-win! But look at the gapping hole I have to stare at until then!????

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

Don’t mind the mess in that storage closet that you can see through the nonexistent wall! Lol! Keeping it real here folks! It’s not always pretty!

Let me show you a before of this wall so I can explain the demo!

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

See that sink there…the water had been turned off since we moved in and I didn’t care to use it so we had left it alone. Well the pipe was leaking in the wall the whole time, and my aunt and them knew about a leak, because there were a bunch of rags on the floor as we pulled everything out, but they obviously thought that the leak was from the faucet and not the pipe inside the wall! The 2x4s and sheet rock were rotten with mold! Let me show you what we saw as soon as we pulled the old concrete counter off! ????

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

This scared me…and that was nothing compared to what came when we pulled this out! Lol! I of course was running to grab the air purifier and looking for my mold spray…and quit taking pictures, but the 2×4 that sat below the pipe was completely rotten! We replaced that 2×4 and added the extra supports back in! Now I just need to build a beautiful drink station to replace it!

So, when I left off last update, the wall wasn’t tiled, the vent hood wasn’t built, the back of the sink panel wasn’t this beautiful…and there weren’t even countertops poured! So I do have to give myself a little credit because I have at least done some work in here! Let me show you the overall kitchen again!

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

Don’t mind the plastic drop cloth on top of the island counter…we haven’t sealed that counter yet so I can’t leave it uncovered, not even for a minute to take the picture! Lol! I also built those shelves where there was an odd empty space…remember this…

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

And to make this wall not look as out of place between the counter and the fridge, I added the same mdf molding pattern, so it looks like it was meant to be there! I mean, you don’t typically find a WALL between your fridge and counters…correct me if I’m wrong! Lol!!

DIY Vent Hood Plans and Kitchen Update

It’s come a long way! It’s always great to go back and see how far you have come to inspire yourself to keep going…even when it may seem like you aren’t getting anywhere!

Alright, now that I have caught you up to speed on most of the updates, we can get started with showing you how to build a vent hood!

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Materials:

***This tutorial is for the 47″ option…all info for the 36″ option will be included in the plans (COMING SOON)…follow the tutorial below if you need help but don’t use any measurements unless you are building the 47″!

-6 – 2x2x10

-1 – 1x8x8

-2 – 1x2x8

-5 – 1/4″x 1 3/4″x8′ lattice strips

-1 -4×8 sheet of 1/4″ plywood

-large screws to hang on wall

kreg jig

pocket hole screws

-wood glue

brad nailer

-1/2″ brad nails

-1 3/4″ brad nails

-1 1/4″ brad nails

 

 

Cut List:

-4 – 2×2 @ 44″

-4 – 2×2 @ 4 1/4″

-4 – 2×2 @ 16″

-4 – 2×2 @ 21″

-4 – 2×2 @ 10″

-4 – 2×2 @ 10″

-2 – 2×2 @ 26 5/8″ both ends mitered at 25.6 degrees off square…ends parallel. Make sure and measure this one…if you hang on the wall as you go…this will possibly be different for your vent hood!

-2 – 2×2 @ roughly 27 5/8″  **COMPOUND ANGLE on front boards! Both ends mitered at 25.6 and beveled at about 14 degrees off square make sure and measure yours on this step as they may be slightly different!

-1 – 2×2 @ 24 7/8″ beveled (or mitered) @14 degrees off square, ends parallel (make sure and measure)

-4 – 1×2 @ 19″ shortest side, mitered at 45 degrees off square one end

-2 – 1×2 @ 44″ shortest side, mitered on both ends at 45 degrees off square

-2 – 1×8 @ 19″ shortest side, beveled at 45 degrees off square one end

-1 – 1×8 @ 44″ shortest side, beveled both ends 45 degrees off square

-2 – 1/4″ plywood pieces @ 13″x13″

-1 – 1/4″ plywood piece @ 21 1/2″x13″

-2 – 1/4″ plywood pieces @ 13″ at top and angle down on one side to 19″ see below for clarification

-1 – 1/4″ plywood piece @ 21 1/2″ at top centered, and sides both angle down to 44 1/2″

***Make sure and measure your lattice pieces based off of your vent hood…some plywood is not actually 1/4″ and other things may affect your measurements…make sure and measure your own project and only use these measurements as guidlines! Just a note, I did not bevel the edges of the lattice…there was such a small gap that I just caulked it!

-6 – lattice pieces cut @ 13″

-4 – lattice strips cut @ 9 3/4″

-2 – lattice strips cut @ 18 1/2″

 

Woah that was one heck of a cut list I tell you! Such a small seeming project has a lot of parts! Lol!

To start off you want to use up all them 2x2s and build a nice solid frame! If your vent hood needs a different size other than 47″ or 36″ email me if you need help on changing up the angles and such, I’ll be glad to help if I have the time!

I built the top and bottom separate, attached them to the wall and then cut the joining angle boards to make sure they fit perfectly! I used rough cut furring strips…not fancy 2x2s, all in all for the 6 of them I think I spent $15.00, no one will ever see them!

The beginning steps of building this, I somehow didn’t catch on camera, so here is the printable plan picture instead…it’s basically two rectangle boxes! I drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes and used wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to attach them together.

Diy Vent hood plans

Bottom frame

Top frame

We placed the vent hood over the tile, I know a lot of people don’t do that but just in case in a year or two I change my mind and want a pot rack again, it’s not hard to go back! We used tile drill bits from Ryobi, they were inexpensive and drilled through the tile like it was nothing!

So here they are on the wall, the top is centered over the bottom and there is a 24″ span between them. I started with the front compound angle boards to get them done and over with since they are the most complex to cut, it really isn’t complex when you have a compound miter saw.

How to build a vent hood

The front compound angle boards were attached with lots of glue and a ton of brad nails because I couldn’t manage to get anything to work…on the back ones I think I may have been able to successfully use one pocket hole on each, but the front was impossible…or was it the other way around…hmmm! Lol! Sometimes I don’t get around to posting a blog post on something that I build, and then I can’t always remember all the details! ????

How to build a venthood

The compound angle on the front boards are supposed to be 25.6, but I found slightly under 25 to work best as seen in the pic above! The bevel is supposed to be 14, again it fit best at 13, so you may have to play around with it, because when you figure out what the angle should be, that doesn’t include human error! You know when you attach the boards and it is supposed to be attached flush but it hangs over a little or sets back a bit…yeah every little fraction of an inch matters when dealing with angles!

Setting the bevel on your miter saw

How to build a vent hood

The back boards are easier to cut because there is only one angle to cut, no bevel! They are mitered at the same as the front 25.6 with the ends parallel!

I placed an extra board in the front just to be safe…it would probably be fine without it, but I always like to be CERTAIN! Lol! This front board is only beveled…or you can miter it…either way will work! It will be beveled or mitered at 14 degrees off square or if your cuts are slightly off like mine…it will be 13!

DIY vent hood

The frame is already complete and now you can start making it come together! I started with the 1x2s around the bottom, only because I had to clean an area to cut a sheet of plywood! ????

The 1x2s on the sides are cut at a normal 90 degree cut along the wall and mitered at 45 degrees off square on the end that faces the front. The front 1×2 @ 44″ (shortest ends) is mitered on both ends…not parallel, and just glued and brad nailed around the top 2×2…of the bottom…if that makes sense!

How to build a vent hood

Next I added the 1×8 underneath the 1x2s. I beveled the ends at 45 degrees off square to make a pretty corner!

Diy Vent Hood

See the edges of that board in the pic above? Well, some how I forgot to take another one with just the front board attached, I took another one after the plywood was attached! Sorry!

Building a vent hood cover

Pic is a little blurry! You can see how I just cut pieces of plywood though that is the same shape as each piece of the vent hood and attached with glue and brad nails!

Adding decorative trim to vent hood

Once you have all the plywood attached you can then add all your decorative lattice! I attached all the lattice to the sides first and then flushed the front with side pieces of lattice…so that you wouldn’t see the seam in front…does that make sense? Hopefully! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the progress, but this will have to do! I did not add the lattice to the cut list simply because my plywood was slightly under 1/4″ and threw off all the measurements that Sketchup said they should be, and Sketchup had been giving me so many problems, I couldn’t trust that their measurement wasn’t off! So I am going to offer the angles to help ease you through that part, and you basically follow the frame and make the same cuts with the lattice. Pretty simple…only two boards on the sides and two boards on the front that we haven’t already cut!

I cut each board individually, I would measure tweak, trim…then manage to get it to fit! Lol!

Vent Hood Cover

DIY Vent Hood Plans

DIY Vent Hood

Just remember the angles will follow the angles of your frame on these cuts so if your frame was slightly off like mine, the angles will be different than the ones above. Mine were the 24.6 round about!

Just caulk all the lattice edges, and viola, before you know it…it’s complete and stole your heart!

DIY Vent Hood Plans

I added the bottom 1×2 the same way I added the other 1×2, mitered corners, and just flush it with the 1×8 on the inside, attach with glue and brad nails!

Caulk and sand and ready for paint! I can’t wait to show you the color I’m painting mine!

If you have any questions feel free to ask below or email me! Thank you so much for reading and following along! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for this great tutorial! This is exactly what I am looking for. Can you tell me where I can find your 36″ plans?

  2. So there’s actually no vent at all in there? Do you ever have problems with needing a fan, or is there so much of a gap that it doesn’t matter? I just found your blog and you’re pretty much doing all of the pieces that we’ll have to do to redo our kitchen and so I’m reading every post with crazy attention to detail. Thank you, thank you for documenting this as well as you have!

    1. Hey Emma!
      You are correct, I do not actually have a vent inside the vent hood! You can still build it the exact same way, leaving out the boards (2x2s) along the back of the large opening, since your vent hood would be attached to the wall there! I have one behind the stove that raises up, I have never actually used it though! Lol! I don’t ever fry anything…heck I am pretty boring in the kitchen and bake most things, so I really don’t have much of a use for one, but I do love the look of it! Lol!

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