How to Cover Up an Old Kitchen Vent Hood

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Kitchen vent hoods provide many benefits, including ventilating the area preventing carbon monoxide from being inhaled, removing food odors and blocking grease from getting on your kitchen walls. However, if you have recently remodeled your kitchen and installed a new vent hood, or if your old one has stopped working, you can cover up the vent hood. A variety of ways is available to cover your old vent hood making it serve only a decorative purpose in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wood
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Galvanized nails
  • Stain
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Tile
  • Contact paper
  • Spray paint
  • Metal tiles

Wooden Covering

  • Measure the vent hood. Measure the distance that the hood protrudes from the cabinetry and the width between the cabinets if you have an undermount hood. Measure the hoods’ canopy and the ductwork if you have a wall-mounted hood.

  • Construct a wooden box to fit around the hood according to the hood’s dimensions. Use a table saw to cut wood into the appropriate dimensions that match each side of your wall-mounted hood. Use wood glue to attach each piece of wood over the hood and nail it in place, one side at a time. Another option is adding wood that is larger than the hood to make a simple box shape that blends in with the cabinetry.

  • Cover up the wooden box if you prefer. Stain or paint it to match your cabinets. Add mortar to the box with a trowel and cover with tile making the hood match your tile backsplash.

Other Coverings

  • Measure the vent hood’s dimensions. Cut pieces of contact paper in the same dimensions. Add contact paper to the hood one side at a time. Use wallpaper as an alternative.

  • Use spray paint to cover up the vent hood. Use a color that matches the cabinetry or appliances.

  • Utilize metal tiles with an adhesive backing covering the hood. These tiles come in a variety of metalliclike finishes including copper, aluminum and tin. Cut tiles with metal snips to fit the tiles to size around the edges.

  • Order a custom vent hood cover. These covers are made to your specifications and can cover your vent hood and the attached ducting.

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