DIY Modern Hood Vent Cover

DIY Hood Vent CoverI’ve longed for the day when more than just a microwave would go above my stove. I love the look of statement hood vents, and contemplated modern stainless steel looks versus copper vintage-inspired units. But then the time came for me to actually design the kitchen renovation for our new home, and I decided what I really wanted in a hood vent was something that felt minimal and didn’t stand out at all. I really wanted other aspects of the kitchen to shine. (Like my pink sink! It’s normal to make a sink the focal point of a kitchen, right?)

So I built a box around my hood vent, and I’m really happy with how it looks in the space! Turns out it wasn’t so difficult to build, either! Check out how I did it.

diy hood vent coverframed in hood vent coverI chose this Whirlpool 30″ hood vent, and was aware that the buttons are on the front and figured I could work around that for the cover. Essentially what I did was build a frame around the hood vent with 2×3 lumber, and tacked plywood to the sides and front to make the box. But let me walk you through the steps.

building a frame for a hood ventStep One: Screw together the frame for each side of the hood vent. Make sure to countersink your screws deep enough that you can fill the holes to hide where the screws are. I made my frame to end one inch below the hood vent, as well as to extend one inch beyond the hood vent in the front. This is because I wanted to access the buttons for the hood vent, which are on the front, not the bottom of my hood vent.

Step Two: Fill the countersunk screw holes with wood filler.

building a frame for a hood vent coverStep Three: Sand the wood filler, then prime and paint the part of your frame which will be visible from the bottom. It’s easier to do this now, rather than taping off the hood vent to paint later.

Step Four: Use a level to mark where the inside of your side frames will attach to the wall. I drew a line to act as a guideline for the frame. Then drill pilot holes through the frame and into the drywall. If you have a stud there, great! If not, check out the next step.

toggle boltsI used toggle bolts to securely attach my frames to the wall, since the studs were not conveniently located where I needed them. Here’s how it works.

toggle boltsStep Five: Use the size drill bit the Toggle bolts recommend, and bore a hole into the drywall where your pilot hole was. Then push the metal part of the toggle bolt into that hole. Secure the plastic circle into the hole opening, then zip the long plastic pulls out towards you. This will pull the metal part tight against the drywall, bracing the weight of what you will hang, so it won’t break through the drywall. Now you will put your screws through these holes when you attach the frame.

attaching the frameStep Six: Attach the frame to the wall using three-inch screws fit to the diameter of your toggle bolts. Once the sides of the frames are in place, connect them in the front using 2x4s that you attach with screws.

I’m ashamed to admit that I accidentally cleared my memory card of the next steps’ photos, thinking I had already uploaded them to the computer! But it’s very easy to explain using words.

Step Seven: Cut plywood (You can use whatever plywood you have around, or 1/4″ plywood for a slimmer profile) to fit to the side frames, and attach it to the frame using wire brads or a nail gun. Then cut a piece of plywood to fit across the front and nail it into the frame as well.

Step Eight: Fill the holes from the nails, sand, prime, and paint the box. I wet sanded with this sandpaper after priming and before painting, which made my paint finish silky smooth. Also, I caulked around the edges to hide tiny gaps where the plywood meets the ceiling and walls.

diy hood vent coverHere you can see how easy it is to still use the buttons on the front of the hood vent. Easy peasy!

diy hood vent coverwhite kitchen renovationBuilding the cover for my hood vent completely changed the look of this room, giving me the modern feel that I wanted, and allowing other decorative elements to stand out. Next, we plan to mount a floating shelf on the window wall, and I know this minimal hood vent will balance out a little clutter on the shelves. Very excited to share the next step with you! If you have any questions, I’ll answer them in the comments below. – Mandi

Material Sources:
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore’s Super White
Cabinet paint: Annie Sloan’s Pure White
Wall tile: Home Depot
Tile grout: TEC Silverado
Pink sink: Thermocast
Faucet: Kraus from Home Depot
Island butcher block: Lumber Liquidators sealed with Waterlox
Flooring: Lumber Liquidators maple engineered wood
Knobs: eBay
Stove: KitchenAid from Home Depot
Dishwasher: KitchenAid from Home Depot
Coffee maker: KitchenAid
Island stools: Urban Outfitters

Credits//Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
    • Yes, it was surprising to me how even though this box made the hood vent take up more space, it actually feels more spacious! Must be due to all the white. 🙂

  • This could not have come at a better time! I’ve been trying to figure out how to build a cover without blocking the controls. Thank you! Looks amazing.

    • Yes, it’s no problem at all! I had some skeptical family members ask how I will know which controls do what, but I mean, after using it once, it doesn’t take a phd to remember that the light is on the left and the fan controls are on the right. 🙂

  • Mandi- I love your kitchen reno and you got it all done so much faster than mine which was happening concurrently (some day my cabinet doors will be back in place!). The only thing that stuck out to me was your use of a 30″ vent hood for a 36″ gas stove- I thought you were supposed to go a size up in vent hood from stove width to cover the burner area, especially with gas where it puts out a lot more heat than electric. Do you find you still get adequate ventilation with this configuration?

    • Hi Jessie! To be honest, choosing a 30″ hood vent was a mistake and I didn’t realize it was 30″ and not 36″ until after it was installed! It’s embarrassing to admit. I’m SO relieved that it is so powerful (there are three power settings) and covers a large area, and because I didn’t instal it even close to as low as specs allowed (there’s a min and max recommendation), I don’t foresee it ever being a problem here. I was relieved also that visually I could build out the sides with my cover design so that it doesn’t look awkward.

  • Looks great but I expect if you do any fried food it will stick and be super hard to clean 🙁

    • I painted it with Benjamin Moore Regal Select semigloss paint and can testify from having used that same paint on my old kitchen backsplash, it holds up to scrubbing quite well! It will be easier to clean that the grout on my backsplash. 🙂

  • I don’t know, it looks a little plain to me, but I’m a huge fan of your stainless steel vent hood! I do think it could be really cool, though, if there was an amazing picture on it. Might as well use it for artwork, right?