Okay all day and night I have been thinking about my kitchen and what I am going to do and where I am going to start. I looked up chinking and it does not look all that difficult. I don’t think I can live with that dark wood though.
I finally came up with a game plan.
- Sand down the logs and try to get some of that dark stain off
- Re-stain a honey type color
- re-chink the logs
- brick the wall where the window was
- paint that wall a soft yellow. So soft it almost does not look yellow.
- build a range hood
Inspiration shots for the range hood. I have to go in the barn and see if I still have that rosewood room divider because I can finally get some use out of it by cutting it up and using it for the trim for my range hood. I don’t want it rounded like this though, mainly cause I can’t make it round. A flat square one like the 2nd photo is just fine
I do like the corbels in the first photo though. Not sure if that is too much or not. I think I have some lying around here that I never used.
I looked in my barn and found the rosewood divider to make the trim on the range hood. It is perfect because it already has the trim on the edges. I am going to use the first row and if I need to make it longer will use row 3
I also been shopping around for a range insert. Good googly-moogily they are expensive!! I found one on e-bay but I don’t know a lot about them. If anyone has any input on this please feel free to jump in. I did think about this and realize there is a problem…the distance between my stove and the ceiling is only 48″ so that means my range hood can only be 18″ deep. I don’t know if that is going to work with the design. The rosewood trim would be about 9″ and how would that look?
Also when looking for a range insert I have no idea what I am looking for in specs! I don’t want to spend more than $350 on it but the choices are soooooo confusing!! I want something fairly quiet with decent light and of course clean the air pretty decently. Also my stove is 30″ wide how wide do I want the range hood to be?? Like I said feel free to jump in here with ideas.
I have finals next week so its going to go slow until they are over…that gives me time to think about this!!
After researching these inserts further I can honestly say I am slightly confused. I only found three inserts under $500. That is crazy because I can buy a whole freaking vent hood cheaper and technically this is an unfinished vent hood. No, they know the only people looking for an insert is also buying a custom range so they smell dollars and inflated the prices. Rediculous!! They forgot about the DIY’er and bargain hunter.
The insert from Ebay specs:
- K1035 30″ Insert / Under Cabinet Range Hood
- $299 and I can’t find a liner
- 30×13 and it is going to be 10″ high (from the bottom to the vent hole) If I use this I would have to make my clearance less than 30″ as the duct is 6″
- Maximum airflow is 860 CFM
- Noise level is 46 dBA on low and 64dBA on high
- 2 -20w halogen lights
- 3 speeds and 2 filters
I found another that I was interested in until I looked really closely at the specs from kitchensource.com:
- Fujioh BUF-01A Extra Quiet Ventilator Power Pack
- $242.40 plus $72.39 for the liner ($314.79)
- 20×14 and 8″ high
- maximum airflow is 270 CFM
- Noise level at max level is 47 dBA
- 1-50w halogen light
- 3 speeds and 1 filter
The conflict here is the Fujioh is the better size for my kitchen but it is a third as powerful. The rest are out of my price range except the Broan but it had terrible ratings. I guess if push comes to shove I am going to have to have the vent diverted through the roof some way. I really do not like that idea. The other option is to divert the vent to the chimney in the corner, which I see as a pain also because it is going to rob me of some cabinet space. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…yes that is a sigh.
Thinking about the problems with my kitchen, one of them is that as soon as I boil water the smoke detectors go off so I am thinking that the higher airflow is a wise choice. I have to go with the K-1035.
What really stresses me out is the fact that I could just as well buy a complete range hood that would look NICE against the brick wall. I love this one and the price at $244.80 is perfect! Specs are:
- 30×19 and 22-37″ high
- maximum airflow is 760 CFM
- noise level is <65 dBA
- 2-2w LED lights
- 3 speeds and 2 filters
Of course the problem here is the stack is too tall for my kitchen…..that really makes me upset!! I could buy this plug it in and call it a day…whatever…I made the price a link…maybe someone else can take advantage of it. <pissed…arms crossed and lips poked out>
Okay I am over being upset because I found my range hood!
Now you are probably saying that is so plain! Well yeah it is but let me sell you on it like I am sold on it.
- Brand name Sorelli (that’s good)
- $219 plus 29.99 postage ($248.99)
- 30×20 and only 10″ high
- maximum airflow is 550 CFM
- noise level is <64dBA
- 2-25w lights
- 3 speeds and 2 filters
Okay so here are my thoughts…its not too high, the lines are square so a cabinet can easily be built around it but if I screw up the cabinet I can always use it as is (although its kind of ugly so that probably won’t happen). Stainless steel is no where in my kitchen except the sink but I like a ss rangehood for cleaning purposes. If its in the cabinet you won’t see that much of it anyway. I am pretty sure this is the one. Just to be cheap I made the seller an offer for $189 just because I am against paying for postage. All they can say is no so we will see. I am pretty sure whatever they offer me I am going to take, I am tired of range hood shopping! OMG this fried my brain!!
Now on to find the lighting LOL