Kitchen Renovation and DIY Range Hood Tutorial

A dated kitchen can make an entire home seem dated — plus kitchens are just so fun to dream about and drool over, right? We’re still working on finishing our kitchen renovation, so it’s especially inspiring to see people who have done it and put a big checkmark next to it — done! and our guests today did a great job on their kitchen remodel:

before and after kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

On top of all the hard work they put in to bring their kitchen into the present, Jamie and Morgan also built an inexpensive DIY range hood that really makes the kitchen look high-end and custom — but it only cost $40! (You might remember their other projects that we’ve featured: built-ins around the fireplace and staircase remodel.)
diy range hood for under $40, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

A great range hood can really help your kitchen feel modern and fresh — look at these other options we’ve featured, and read below for more details about Jamie and Morgan’s kitchen reno and how to build a range hood like theirs (including free building plans that Justin put together to help you build your own!)

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prime and paint a diy custom range hood, The Rozy Home featured on Remodelaholic
Jill built her own custom range hood (tutorial here)
faux reclaimed wood range hood, The Ragged Wren on Remodelaholic
Alyson made a faux reclaimed wood range hood to match her countertops
The Happy Housie white kitchen and blue range hood with corbels
Krista built her range hood and installed it with corbels to match her planked peninsula

Kitchen Before and After + DIY Range Hood Tutorial
by Morgan and Jamie from construction2style

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Hello! We are so thrilled to be featured once again at Remodelaholic, one of our favorites! We just adore Cassity and Justin. One of the many role model couples that we admire and pushed us to do what we are doing now. If you don’t know who we are, we are Morgan and Jamie Molitor, we blog over at construction2style about our home renovations and DIY projects. Most recently through our blog we have become a home remodeling business! WAHOO.  We now also get to share all of the remodeling stories about our clients’ work.

Today we wanted to chat and share with you the full story behind our kitchen remodel and how you can DIY.

before and after kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

We purchased this outdated home as an investment property. One of the biggest and most fun rooms we renovated was the kitchen. With Jamie being such a rockstar, we were able to flip this room pretty quickly.
beautiful kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Within days of closing on the home, we gutted the entire room. Goodbye dark cabinets, hardwood floors, textured walls, orange countertops, dated kitchen appliances and textured ceilings!

before kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

before kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Let the demolition begin!!

before beautiful kitchen reno, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

kitchen renovation, reusing cabinets, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

gutted kitchen reno, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

We reused a lot of the cabinets that were already in the home. We rearranged the cabinetry a little bit, so we had to incorporate some new with the old to form our new layout.

combining new cabinets with old cabinets for a kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

building new cabinets and using old cabinets in a kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

We also wanted a portrayed kitchen range hood. We were able to build this range hood for under $40.

There are many benefits to having a range hood within your kitchen. They help with air quality, provide additional lighting above your stove when cooking, and, if you’re planning to resell your home like us, range hoods add style and increase the value of your home.

If you bring the cabinets up to the ceiling like we did, it makes the room feel a lot larger than it actually is. And bonus: You don’t have to clean the top of your cabinets!

There are so many different options to choose from when picking out the perfect kitchen range hood. They range from $200 to tens of thousands of dollars. So of course we made one ourselves and want to show you how you can, too, for under $40!

DIY kitchen range hood tutorial, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

DIY Kitchen Range Hood for Under $40

I gave Jamie about five different visuals of hoods that I loved off of Pinterest.  He took the inspiration from all of those photos and built the perfect hood to match our kitchen.

DIY $40 range hood with faux doors, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

[Remodelaholic note: Our building plans are a slightly different construction than Morgan and Jamie’s original, but the end result will still look the same]


(1) 4’ x 8’ x ½” sheet of plywood

(2) 8’ x 2 ½” x ¼” boards

(1) 8’ x 1 ½” x ¾”  pine board

(1) 8’ x 5 ½” x ¾”  pine board


Cut list:

(2) side panels – 36” x 19” x ½”

(3) braces – 29 ¼” x 3” x ½”  

(1) front – 36” x 30 ¼” x ½”

(1) bottom arch trim – 30 ¼” x 5 ½” x ¾”

(1) ledge trim – 32 ¼” x 1 ½” x ½”

(4) vertical decorative trim sides – 20 ¾” x 2 ½” x ¼”

(4) horizontal decorative trim ends – 12 ⅝” x 2 ½” x ¼”


Overall Measurements:

Dimensions: 30 1/4″ wide x 36″ tall x 20 1/4″ deep.

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Building Steps:

Step One:

Cut side panels to length and width.

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Step Two:

Nail and glue in place the three support brackets.  These will help provide additional support on the back wall and or ceiling.  Nail the back bottom 3” above the bottom so you won’t see it through the arch.

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Step Three:

  • Before nailing the front panel on, clamp the front panel and the 1×6 arch piece together and cut the arch.  This will help you have a nice uniform arch for both pieces.
  •  Nail and glue on the front panel. 

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Step Four:

Nail and glue on the bottom 1×6 arch trim

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Step Five:

Nail and glue on the ledge trim above the arch.

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Step Six:

Layout the panels with the 8 pieces of cut decorative trim.  See the front view with dimensions for spacing.

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building a DIY range hood, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Now, install, patch and paint!

how to build a simple and inexpensive DIY range hood, construction2style on @Remodelaholic


All the duct work was installed prior to the cabinets going back up. Once the hood cabinet was installed, Jamie installed the vent unit and screwed it in place. Jamie wedged the hood into place, and he screwed and nailed it into the sides of the cabinetry next to the hood.

installing a range hood in a kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

After caulking and filling in the nail holes, the last things to do were sanding and painting. We used Benjamin Moore oil-based white paint.

how to build and install an easy and inexpensive range hood, construction2style on @Remodelaholic


Once the cabinetry was in place we got to painting. We knew we wanted white cabinetry. White kitchen designs are very popular today and have been for awhile. They provide a very clean feeling with an enhanced sense of space.

building and installing a portrayed range hood for a kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic


Once the cabinets were painted, we painted the kitchen walls. For the color in the kitchen, at first, I decided on Ionic Sky by Behr in eggshell finish. I was trying to match Restoration Hardware’s Shore Paint Collection at a cheaper cost. I thought the color matched pretty close, but as soon as we started painting it onto the wall, we were thinking it might be just a little too bright, especially when compared with the rest of the gray-tone paint colors in the house.

We decided that we needed the blue color to be in the gray-ish color pallet, like the rest of the house. My mother-in-law suggested mixing in some of the gray paint that we already had from the living room into the blue instead of wasting the paint. As dangerous as this might sound, we tried mixing a small sample of it, tested it on the wall and loved it!

painting white cabinets and DIY range hood kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Ten hours and $40 later we had ourselves a new beautiful kitchen hood!

diy kitchen renovation during, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

When painting our cabinets, we always use a roller. We used a white oil-based paint and we feel it always looks nicer when you take the time to roll cabinetry.

painting cabinet doors for a white kitchen, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Once the cabinets were in place and painted, it was time to lay down the wood floors. Hardwood floors add a lot of value to your home and give it a beautiful look. We ended up going with Kobra Bamboo Wood Flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Bamboo is known to be twice as hard as oak.

laying bamboo wood floors in a kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

installed wood floors in a kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

Once the floors were laid down, we got the granite installed. Picking out granite is never easy. We were debating on a very dark brown-colored granite or a light color. In the end we decided on a light brown-colored designed granite for our kitchen remodel. We knew it would go nicely with with white cabinetry and dark brown flooring.

kitchen renovation process, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

diy kitchen remodel during, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

finished kitchen renovation with white cabinets and new wood flooring, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

before and after kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

I wanted a fun and modern backsplash, and I am a fan of stainless steel. If it would have been up to me, we would have had stainless steel countertops over granite ones. So we compromised and went with a stainless steel mosaic tiled backsplash that we got from Home Depot. We were a little nervous, but we absolutely love of the finished product.

white kitchen remodel with stainless steel tile backsplash, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

After the backsplash was on, we were able to install our cover plates. I chose just a basic metal switch plate to go with our backsplash, also from Home Depot.reinstalling switch plates over a stainless steel backsplash, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

white kitchen remodel, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

white kitchen remodel 2, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

white kitchen after renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

beautiful renovated white kitchen, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

We got our beautiful mini chandeliers from Lowes. We wanted the decor to match the rest of the house. The home came with old, vintage chandeliers—we were very lucky. So these are a little bit more modern, but it was the best that we could do to stay within our budget.

diy range hood for under $40, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

stainless steel backsplash, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

We went with silver metal hardware that came from Home Depot. We wanted the look of the hardware to go along with the backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

new cabinet hardware, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

stainless steel kitchen backsplash, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

And the final step was to add some kitchen decor!

kitchen details 01, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

kitchen details 03, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

I framed old handwritten recipes from my dad. You want to preserve those notes from the loved ones you have lost, so why not frame them and add them into your kitchen design.

kitchen details 02, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

How adorable is this little Swedish butter jar that I got from my sister-in-law, Britta! Keeps your butter nice and fresh for a very long time.


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kitchen and dining room details 01, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

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kitchen and dining room details 04, construction2style on @Remodelaholic

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white kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic
beautiful white kitchen renovation, construction2style on @Remodelaholic


Thank you so much for sharing your great work with us, Morgan and Jamie!

Remodelaholics, visit construction2style to see more from this talented duo — don’t miss their DIY concrete countertops!

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. That kitchen remodel turned out beautiful, but I have to admit I love the before version in a sort of “that’s so 70’s/80’s” kind of way 🙂