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Plaster Vent Hood (but not really)

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Okkkkkk who’s excited? I KNOW lots of you have been waiting for this one, and I am so so SO excited to say that I finally have this hood vent completed and I’m gonna tell you all about it!

First off, in order to have a hood vent cover, you need a hood, and I’ve been getting some questions about our gorgeous new range that we got from Forte Appliances. We ended up switching from electric to gas (have a professional make that switch, guys), and we couldn’t be happier. The brass details make my heart go pitter patter, and we are so happy to have a gas stovetop again (speaking of details, for those of you already eyeing up the cute kitchen accessories, I've totally got your back, I love where your head is at, and I have rounded them all up for you here). Ok, back to our stove- like I mentioned, we love ours, but Forte has a ton of options, so if you're in the market for some affordable appliances, you’ll definitely be able to find something that works for you and your house.

Ok, cover time, and for the record, the fan that we ended up using and covering can be found here. Sometimes I do really well planned out DIYs. Sometimes I don’t. This time was the latter. We were pretty much winging this project from the start, but I’m happy to say that it turned out even better than I had hoped. I knew I wanted something similar to all of the plaster hoods that I saw online, but you guys know me- I have this thing about using what I have on hand, but more on that later.

For the actual structure of the hood cover, we started by building a frame out of 2x6s and left over 1x4 common board. We fit the base of the frame to our fan, and so those measurements will be custom to whatever you have in your own space. Once we attached the base to studs in the wall, the vertical 1x4s were attached to the base with pocket holes. These gave us something to drill the drywall into, and once the drywall was attached, we added corner bead so that everything would be nice and smooth.

Now for the fun part! I mentioned how I wanted to give this hood a plaster look, but to be honest, I have never worked with plaster before, and I also wanted to use what I had on hand. I decided to try my hand at mixing some paint with joint compound, which was a method that I had seen used a couple of times in the past. Full disclosure: I was really unsure about how this would turn out, but I’m beyond thrilled with the results. I think that a main component to this process (at least for this project) was to use a trim paint as the mix. I think that this will help with the durability of the finish.

The entire process took a total of about 6 hours, and it really requires very little skill at all. So, whatcha think- would you give this one a go?

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