When we designed the kitchen in our modern farmhouse, we chose to go with a stainless hood to add a little “modern” to the kitchen. However, after living in the house for a few months, Brooke decided that the kitchen would look better with a stained wood hood. It would add more warmth to the kitchen and tie in with the floating shelves and wood beams. At the time, I was itching for a new project, so I happily obliged.
When I made this hood, I didn’t know I would eventually be writing a tutorial on how to build it, so unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the process. So instead I’m providing 3D illustrations, which are probably more helpful than photos anyway.
Let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Finish Nailer
- Tape Measurer
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw
- 1 1/4″ Finish Nails
- 1″ x 6″ clear pine
- 1″ x 3″ clear pine
- 1″ x 8″ clear pine
Measure and Calculate Angles
The first thing you need to do is determine the size of your hood, and this will all depend on your kitchen setup and how you plan on mounting it.
I needed the hood to be big enough to cover the existing stainless hood and wide enough to touch each upper cabinet. And I wanted the top of the angled part of the hood to be even with the top of the cabinets.
After, I took my measurements, it was time to do some calculations.
When I was sitting in geometry class as a teenager, I just knew that one day I would be able to use what I was learning. Big shout out to Ms. Dishner! I couldn’t have built this hood without you.
In order to get the correct angle for my miter cuts, I had to use the Pythagorean theorem. If you know two sides of a right triangle, you can solve for the other angles. Once I had my measurements, I used this online calculator. Here’s what I came up with:
To make the installation process easier, I decided to build the hood in two separate pieces: top and bottom. Here’s how I built the bottom.
Building the Bottom of the Farmhouse Hood
I started with the base. Here I used the 1 x 6 pine and made 45 degree cuts on the corners. Where the pieces met, I applied some wood glue, and nailed them together. I wanted to use as few nails as possible. That way the outside of the hood didn’t have a lot of holes to fill. In the illustration, the red dots indicate where I nailed.
Next, I constructed the two front corner pieces. I built these out of the 1×3 pine. Based on the calculation, the final length of these would need to be 24″, but I made them 27″ to start with. That gave me some extra length to make the miter cuts. I glued and nailed two of them together as shown in the illustration. I made two of these, one for each front corner of the hood.
Once both corner pieces had dried, I set my miter saw for a compound cut at 17 and 16 degrees. I made the cut at both ends so that the length of the piece was 24″. Compound miter cuts can be a little tricky, so here is a handy calculator.
Once the corner pieces were cut, I glued and nailed them onto the base as shown in the illustration below.
Next I measured and cut the back edge pieces on a 17 degree angle. Then I glued and nailed them on the base.
Now that I had all of the corner and edge pieces in place, it was time to start filling in the front and sides with pieces of the 1×6 pine. I started by measuring the distance between the two front corners at the top of the base, and then from the base of the front corner to the back edge. This gave me my lengths. I cut the ends of the front pieces at a 17 degree angle and one end of the side pieces at a 16 degree angle. I glued and nailed the pieces in place from the back. That way there were fewer nail holes showing.
I repeated this until the the front and sides were filled in, reducing the width of each board accordingly as I moved up the hood. For the last three pieces on the top, I used the 1×8 pine so it would come above the corner and edge pieces. This completed the bottom part of the hood.
Building the Top of the Farmhouse Hood
I constructed the top of the hood is constructed much like the bottom minus the angles. I started with the base. I used the 1 x 3 pine and made 45 degree cuts on the corners. Where the pieces met, I applied some wood glue, and nailed them together.
Next, I went ahead and glued and nailed on the first row of 1×6 boards for the front and side. This gave me something to nail the corner pieces to.
For the corner pieces and back edge pieces, I used the same method to make them as I did for the bottom part of the hood, only I used straight cuts instead of miters. After they dried, I glued and nailed them in place as shown in the illustration below.
Then I continued the 1×6 pine boards to the top, but on the last pieces I used 1×3 instead as the 1×6 would have been too tall.
Then to cap off the top portion of the hood, I repeated the same steps that I did for the base of the top, and glued and nailed it into place.
After you have your hood built, you’ll want to fill the holes, sand, and then stain. I didn’t cover any of that in this post, but let me know if you would like a part two. If so, I will go over that and the installation process.
Building this in two parts made installation much easier. Once I had the bottom part mounted, I simply sat the top piece on and that was it! Here is a illustration of the full range hood, followed by some more photos of it installed in our kitchen.
Perfect! And YES, would love a Part 2 for finishing and mounting! Currently building and this will be SO dang helpful!!January 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm
That’s great! Can’t wait to see yours. I wasn’t sure if I should go into how I mounted ours, since my approach was a little different. Hopefully I can get part 2 out soon!January 22, 2019 at 8:16 pm
Hey Henry! Did you guys ever make a part 2 yet of how to mount? Or could you just sum it up in a paragraph? I’m getting ready to do this project this week and would like to see the mounting portion too thanks!!March 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm
No yet. Sorry. Using a jig saw, I cut out a notch on the back of each lower corner, the thickness of the tile by half an inch. Then I put the hood into place, letting the back bottom corners rest on the top edge of the tile. So the tile is really supporting most of the weight. Then I ran a screw from the inside front of the side cabinets into the lower front side of the hood, and did the same on the other cabinet. Hope this makes sense. I’m sure everyone’s setup is different, but having our backsplash only go up so far allowed me to install ours this way.March 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Hi. I want to build one in my house and I’m having a hard time with the dimensions. If I give you my dimensions could you figure that out for me? I will pay you lol.February 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm
This is so amazing! I’m going to do it!! What color/brand stain is that?July 20, 2021 at 2:40 am
What is the stain color of the hood?January 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm
It’s a 1 to 1 mix of classic gray and red oak.January 27, 2019 at 2:01 am
Are these types of stain? Classic gray stain and red oak stain?April 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm
Love this design! Wanted to do this just need to brain storm how to mount it. I don’t have cabinets on either side so open to any ideas how to do that!May 14, 2020 at 4:51 am
Are these types of stains? If so where can I get them and what’s the name brand of them? Thank you so much 🙂October 30, 2020 at 6:54 pm
I would love to know what brand as well. Varathane has a Red Oak and Gray stain. Is that what you used?October 31, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Hi! Do you mind sharing the stain color and brand you used for the hood?February 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm
Thank you!!!!January 28, 2019 at 12:36 am
Im so glad you enjoyed it!February 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm
Can you please share the colors and brand of the stain you used ?March 28, 2021 at 1:02 pm
What is the total length of that wall (including the cabinets on both side and the hood?) you built it for? I love how it looks and want the same length for the space we will build ours in. Does that make sense?February 6, 2019 at 10:12 pm
Thanks! From wall to wall, it is 90 inches. But you could go smaller if you have a standard 30inch stove. My hood is 5 inches wider than my stove.February 7, 2019 at 10:44 pm
What hood did you all use for the built in?February 17, 2019 at 1:31 pm
Hi Shannon. Sorry for the delay. For some reason we’ve had trouble finding the exact model that we purchased. I’m afraid that we might have deleted the email receipt. I’m going to keep looking though and will report back when I hunt it down.April 22, 2019 at 8:12 pm
Do you have a photo of the before stainless steel hood? I would love to see what this went over top of.April 2, 2019 at 11:57 pm
That was before we were taking a lot of pictures of our house, but I’ll see if I can find one on one of our phones.April 22, 2019 at 8:10 pm
Best tutorial so far !!! Veryyy helpful Thank you.April 12, 2019 at 3:24 am
Thanks! So glad you found it helpful.April 22, 2019 at 8:09 pm
Great tutorial! I’ll be doing this for my kitchen renovation – definitely saving it for later!April 19, 2019 at 3:08 am
Thanks! That’s awesome. Make sure you show it to us when your done.April 22, 2019 at 8:11 pm
Hi! After staining did you use any kind of flame retardant finishing? We are almost done with our hood and love it so much. Thanks for posting!April 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm
That is so great! Would love to see when you’re done. No, we didn’t add a flame retardant finish, but that is a very good idea for added safety.April 28, 2019 at 5:48 pm
Hi! Can you tell me the size of your subway tile and where you purchased them? Thank you!June 11, 2019 at 1:27 am
Hi!what size is your subway tile and where did you buy them? Thank you!June 11, 2019 at 1:33 am
Hello Jenny! We purchased it from Lowes and it is 4×8.January 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm
What color of grout did you use on your subway tile in kitchen??April 17, 2021 at 10:59 pm
So I’m actually trying to build just the bottom part for my kitchen. The bottom is exactly what I need with a few modifications for mounting and using just 1×3 pine to finish off the top instead of the whole second section.
Where I’m stuck at is your compound cuts for the corner pieces. I’m staring at the saw trying to visualize it but I can’t. How did you position the corner pieces on the saw for the cuts and was it a 16 degree mitre with 17 degree bevel or vice versa. Any help is greatly appreciated thanks!July 28, 2019 at 9:33 pm
What size were your original stainless hood and your cooktop? 30in both? Or were they different sizes?August 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm
They are both 30″September 18, 2019 at 12:37 am
Where are the island pendants from?August 15, 2019 at 1:57 pm
They are from World Market.September 18, 2019 at 12:37 am
What kind of wood did you use?February 27, 2020 at 11:27 am
I LOVE this explanation. Can you still touch the buttons on the front of your hood? We’re building right now and debating what type of hood to get. We want to finish it ourselves after the house is done. Thanks so much!September 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm
Thanks! Glad you like it. 🙂 Yes, Henry designed it so there is enough room to press the buttons.September 18, 2019 at 12:38 am
Where did you get the floating shelves from?January 21, 2020 at 2:08 am
Hello Sharon! We actually DIYed them. Here is the tutorialJanuary 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm
How high off the floor to the bottom of the hood did you go?March 11, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Hi, thanks so much for posting this! I am currently in the processing of building this and am having a lot of trouble with the compound miter cuts on the front corner pieces for the lower portion of the cover. I’ve calculated all my measurements & angles and cut the first corner piece on the left, and I’m very happy with it. Is there any advice on making the opposite/mirrored cut for the right corner piece? No matter what I try, i can’t seem to get a cut where it’s opposite/equal the first piece. Thanks so much.March 27, 2020 at 3:09 am
Love, love, love! I’m having my carpenter make this! If you have any pictures with the vent prior to putting the vent cover on- it would be great! Great job! Thanks again for sharing the tutorial.April 13, 2020 at 12:25 am
I’ve been itching to cover our 48″ stainless steel Viking range hood vent for a long time and didn’t know how to go about doing it. Everything I find is just using an insert instead of covering a full hood vent. I’d love to see a picture of your original stainless vent and how you installed the wood on top of it. Thanks for the inspiration!August 22, 2020 at 4:21 am
I would like to know as well! Thanks for your help!January 13, 2021 at 7:54 pm
Hi! I’m in the process of making the hood and I am also having some issues getting the compound miter cuts to work. Do you have any suggestions? Really appreciate it!October 10, 2020 at 10:56 pm
Like Anna I’m also having trouble with the compound cut for the two front corner pieces. I even followed the link to the calculator however it was confusing. When I cut the compound angle, it seems close to correct however the corners are not square with the rectangular bottom. Advice would be appreciated. ThanksOctober 12, 2020 at 5:26 pm
Do you think this hood would look good if my cabinets go to the ceiling? I love it. Right now my microwave is over the stove but would love to take it out and do something like this!October 23, 2020 at 1:53 am
i was wondering where you got the rattan stoolsDecember 16, 2020 at 4:43 am
When you nailed the 1x 3 corner pieces together were they at 90 degrees or did you open the angle? If so, how did you figure that out?January 17, 2021 at 12:45 am
Hi!! Love love love but can’t do it unless we know how to mount it, and what’s under it for a blowerFebruary 12, 2021 at 4:27 am
Plz plz plz post this info. Thanks!!
I LOVE this kitchen and am building a kitchen cottage with a few of these ideas, namely the BEAUTIFUL wood range hood, modified for my space, ceiling aren’t as high…February 15, 2021 at 2:29 am
Question, b/c I want to bring in the right balance of warm wood to my white kitchen, can you tell me what color and model of bamboo blinds you used? When you look @ the samples, its hard to know if the color will match. Thank you for the inspiration and for you time! Kelsey
Can you share the paint color for the walls in this beautiful kitchen? Thanks!February 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm
Odd question on this – I’ve been looking to do the same. We have a stainless hood right now in this same shape. However, the control buttons (for the fan and light) are on the front of the hood. Were yours too? I’m having a hard time visualizing how I could cover the stainless with wood – while still being able to operate.February 23, 2021 at 7:33 pm
I love your crown molding on your cabinets. How wide is it? Did you make it or where did you find it? Thanks!February 27, 2021 at 5:34 am
Hi! Love your design and tutorial. I have a question about the choice of wood though, has the Pine deteriorated or expanded overtime with the warm moisture from the stove? TIA!March 31, 2021 at 8:01 pm