One of the most important parts of my renovation was getting a range hood in the kitchen. I was tired of the smoke detectors going off every time I cooked and I was tired of the kitchen being full of grease every time I fried fish on Fridays. Everything in the kitchen was sticky.
I saw this kitchen on Gardenweb by a woman fondly called Mamma Goose. She did a lot in her kitchen and there were so many things in it that I love and the one idea I wanted to borrow was the range hood. I loved it and the fact that she made it out of a rusty old chicken feeder bin made it even better. (If you are interested in her kitchen story and how she made her range hood let me know and I will see if I can post a link to it).
That got me to thinking I wanted to make my own range hood also. I tried to find a chicken bin like hers but to no avail so I started scouring the internet looking for unique range hoods. I found this and fell in love. I have a rosewood room divider I can take apart and use it for the trim. Mine would be straight not curved at the top and I don’t know about the corbels being that they are so expensive.
I went crazy looking for range hood inserts. They are not that cheap and the ones that are have mixed reviews which fall mostly on the side of negative. I did not even know what specs I was looking for at first, all I knew is I wanted it to suck the grease out the air, not be loud and rattely and it should have a light on it. I finally narrowed it down to this 28″ ss (stainless steel) range hood insert that had 900 CFM (that’s the air flow), is super quiet, and has 2 halogen lights. I loved it and it met all my criteria BUT it cost $469 and that was too much for me for just an insert.
I then started checking out regular hoods but it had to be the kind I could build some sort of cabinet around and it could not be too high (it had to be less than a total height of 19″ including the area for the vent and I was not interested in those ugly behind flat range hoods. I became obsessed in finding a range hood for the price I wanted to pay and I was not going to stop until I found it.
As I started looking I starting wishing I could find one with the chimney on it but they were always close to the thousands. Too much for me. I finally found some for a good price but dang gone it I could not find any of them that would fit my ceiling height. NOT ONE. I found these less than $250 (if you want one click the photo to be linked to the eBay vendor…no ….again….I am not getting paid to advertise its just such a great deal I had to pass it on)
After a straight week of doing nothing but surfing the Internet for a deal I found this one. It is a Soreli 30″ under cabinet unit. It is quiet, has 550 CFM, 2 filters and 2 LED lights and it was $219 but I made an offer on it for $199 and he accepted it. I looked for similar units everywhere and they were not to be found for less than $600!! YES!
I put it up and to be honest it looked great just the way it was. I wished I could have left it with no cabinet BUT I have to cover the ducting. I left the blue plastic protective covering on it until I had it secured to the wall. I did not want to scratch my new baby.
I had white 1/2″ wood cut as follows:
- 1 shelf 30 1/2″ w x 19″ deep
- 2 sides 21″ high and 19″ w
- front piece 21″ h x 301/2″ w
The electrical outlet was too far over to the right so I had to take the cover off of it. That was the problem I mentioned in another post asking if you could see a problem. In a normal installation this would be installed under a cabinet but I didn’t have a cabinet so I did the next best thing and built a shelf on top of it.
I also made a template of the cabinet top for the shelf. I then used a drill to drill out the 4 corners of the vent hole and used a jigsaw to cut out the hole. If this was in a cabinet you would use the template to cut the hole in the bottom of the cabinet. I also cut out a notch for the cord. I don’t understand why the unit did not come with a template because this step could have been a disaster. Maybe that is why the units are so cheap… because they give you the unit, an instruction booklet, no screws and no template and no actual vent to connect it to. That’s okay, I have screws up the ying-yang round this joint and I made my own template. I am however still without a 90 degree duct because I don’t want to spend $9 on it. I might as well bite the bullet cause I have to close this up today.
So anyway, back to what I was explaining…I placed the vent thingy over the hole and secured it with screws
I then laid the shelf on top of the vent. In order to access the inside I had to take the filters off. Once I did that I was able to screw in the shelf to the top. there were only 2 holes on either side.
Next I held the side up to the outside and used a level to see if it was level and I made a mark on the ceiling. I couldn’t hold the wood and the level and take the photos so it looks crooked and it was but trust me…where I drew the line the level says its level. I double checked that. I am not into my stuff looking all jacked up and home made. I have a reputation to keep up. LOL
My ceiling is not exactly even so believe it or not I had to put a shim on the edge of the front. LOL that looks crazy but once I put it together it won’t be seen. I also missed the right furring strip so many times so there is like a zillion nails in it now LOL.
The left side area of the ceiling is lower than the right side and that made me stop for a minute. I noticed outside the other day that the roof looks low there and I just got this roof put on. Actually Rick (the handyman) pointed it out to me. I have to check my old photos and see if it was like that when they put the roof on. I swear I did not notice that and as you might have figured out I am very particular in critiquing other people’s work and having it fixed if need be. I hope nothing happened to the roof. I thought about going up in the attic to see if a beam broke or something but at this point do I really want to see whats happening up there? NO. So I left it alone. I don’t have the money to fix it so I don’t even want to know. It would drive me crazy and I have enough driving me crazy as it is. I tried putting some screws into the studs to see if I could pull the ceiling up but that didn’t work so it is what it is. I am working around it.
After I got that side up I went to taking the room divider apart to get the pieces I need from it. I found out the pieces are all put in this divider like a puzzle. hmmm. At first I felt bad for taking it apart, now that I got a close up of the craftsmanship that went in it, but I don’t feel bad anymore because I think it’s better for them to be used than to be sitting in a barn rotting away.
I spray painted them with my ORB paint. I did that in the dark so God only knows how its gonna look. This is where I stopped for the night.
July 15 @ 8 AM
I slept on my project last night and I decided to just make a cabinet that goes over the range hood vs totally enclosing it. Its just too pretty to cover up LOL. I marked the wood but then I had to get ready for church.
I came home from church and I am still not feeling well so I went to sleep. I woke up and decided I better work on this kitchen or else it will never get done. I had to go to Lowe’s to get that 90 degree elbow for the vent. I almost felt like crawling back in the car to come home. It dawned on me that maybe I am severely malnourished from eating fast food for the last 2 months of not having a kitchen. I threw away all the sodas and tea in the fridge and been drinking water and tangerine juice and I am feeling better kidney wise. I hate I started this project. HATE IT.
so what have I accomplished today? I changed the height of the box and I put in the duct. I sealed it with purple duct tape 🙂
I turned it on and hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it blew so quietly. YES…Love it. I did feel some air escaping around the the top of that vent I screwed into the shelf so I put some caulk around it. I think it would defeat the purpose if the air was blowing inside the box instead of outside. If I had to do it again I would put some caulk on the plate before attaching it to the shelf so that it would have a solid seal.
It doesn’t look like a lot was accomplished but it did take some time cutting those boards down and making sure everything is level before securing it. The left side of the wall is a full inch lower than the right side and that is a real problem and I don’t know what to do about it. I said I was going to ignore it but knowing me it is going to worry the heck out of me.
Before I closed the box I left a note in it:
July 15, 2012
Dear Whomever finds this
Please don’t be too judgmental on my work as I did it myself.
I have to wonder why you are taking my box apart. I hope it is not for something to do with my work 🙂
When I put the face on the box the uneven ceiling was really noticeable.
I am pretty sure that I will be able to make it less noticeable when I put the molding up. Ugggh it looks terrible for now though. So much for my reputation LOL. I also am regretting not painting the wood before I put it up. I might lose my mind if I get paint on my range hood. Well I should be going to bed but I am going to put the trim around the window and shim the other wall. I have to do that much so I CAN PAINT.
Oh and when I went to Lowe’s I found some stuff that clears the drain with heat action. You put a tablespoon in the drain followed by cold water. I tried it and uggh the smell. Burning hair and burning wasps and whatever other junk was down there. I turned on the water about 15 minutes later and bam…the line was clear as a bell. I will see later if it is really clear or not but for now it seems to be.
Two hours later and did I put that trim on the window? Nooooo. Why? Because my nail gun is empty and I could not find the friggin nails. I moved them the other day and put them some place that I would be able to easily find them. Yeahhhhh. So I decided to spend the time putting tools together and sweep and make the kitchen a little more together. I still did not find the nails. That really upset me but then when I thought about it it’s probably for the best because I should paint first and then put the trim up. It will be easier to paint.
I should have had this project finished this weekend including paint.
I am going to bed. I won’t be able to work on the kitchen again till Thursday because I have school and I have to do some school work study etc so I can keep the weekend clear. This is just crazy. It feels like its never gonna get done.
But the good news is my drains are clear!