Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spray Paint for the Ugly Range Hood

So as we do the kitchen, there are so many things to address. Listen, I don't want to finish the kitchen and put weeks (months, really) into it and still be unsatisfied when we are finished. That being said, sometimes I have to get a little more creative because of limitations. One of those limitations is the range hood.

We have a typical cream colored range hood like most builder grade homes:

It's not really pretty, so I really wanted to do something to it to make it a little more desirable. My dream would be one like this:

I mean. Right? I love the copper, the scalloping, and basically everything else around it. But that's not the point right now. The problem is that I have a small kitchen as it is, so I can't afford to lose the cabinet space above the range. Also, I am not made of money. I am a stay at home mommy of two kids, so this type of hood is out of reach for me right now. But hey, that's what my imaginary dream house is for, right? Should I ever get the chance to build it, this baby will be making an appearance.

So for now I needed something to update the functioning hood I have now, so Rustoleum to the rescue.

I really love the color of this paint. It's coppery without being too orange or red. 
(I have no affiliation with Rustoleum or Amazon, just like this product).

So to start off, I sprayed the hood twice with Krud Kutter (again, no affiliation) and made sure all grease was gone. This paint has a primer built in, so I didn't bother priming or sanding since it says it will adhere to metal. Then I covered anything I didn't want to get paint on, and taped off the under side because I didn't want to paint that part.

I also opened all windows, actually turned the hood fan on to minimize the paint fumes, and I had Phil take the kids out of the house for a little while so there was no paint fume exposure for those guys. I probably should have put a sheet on the floor too because the paint does let off a kind of dust... that may or may not have been tracked throughout the kitchen and onto the rug..... Oops. I also had to wipe down and wash most things that were left on the counter across the kitchen. Spray paint is way messier than I realized when it's sprayed inside your house. Yikes.


I sprayed a few light, even coats, leaving a little time between each coat. I also made sure to spray the switches in their on positions, waited an hour, then turned them off to spray them again so they would be fully covered and no white would show in the on or off positions. I hope that makes sense.

Here is the finished product:


I think it's really helping the farmhouse vibe in here. Of course, the cabinets will be painted white (and are well on their way) so I think the hood will look even better when that is all done.

 I finished this up over a month ago, and I still love it every time I walk in and all it cost was the can of spray paint... And a couple hours of clean up from underestimating how messy spray paint is in the house. Seriously. Cover. Everything.

Have a great day, friends!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this! Was looking for something to do with my yucky vent hood and was happily surprised to see that you used a copper since it is my new favorite color! Thanx for sharing.


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