This is a view that makes a girl smile.
Oh, Mama Mia … the wood on this hood makes me giddy.
It was a natural place to add a more natural tones into a white kitchen – and Ryan and I were excited about using more of our barn wood for this project.
If you recall, the barn wood was from the barn Ryan tore down and reassembled on our property. Because it was a corn crib, there were a lot of beautiful interior wood walls. We still have lots of barn wood leftover for future projects like this.
We have been saving this specific board for a project in the home – it has notes from 1949 and 1939 when the farmer scratched out crops and fields. It’s just too cool and the kitchen is a perfect place to include it. You’d only know it was there if someone told you.
To create a custom range hood, Ryan started by drawing the basic shape of the prospective hood on the wall. This gave us a chance to see the scale and height. (We drew it in pencil.)
Then, he created a frame for the hood with 2x4s and plywood. First he attached plywood sides in the shape we agreed upon. I wasn’t here for that process, but you can see the frame inside – it’s mounted very securely to the wall.
Before finishing the outside of the frame, we needed to install and hook up the vent fan and vent it out the back wall (we purchased a Broan Power Pack and Liner from Amazon – they will be completely hidden so I just wanted something simple that would do the job). Our friend vented this out through the wall with ductwork.
Here’s how the vent looks from the bottom – still covered in construction dust, but you’ll forgive me, right?
Finally, Ryan cut and assembled the barn wood exterior – this is what you actually see from the kitchen and what matters the most for aesthetics. The barn wood was tongue and groove, which meant that the boards fit together perfectly.
And after all this beautiful work, Ryan earned bonus points by installing my cup rack next to the range.
It’s the perfect place to display some of my favorite things. And it’s officially the first piece of decor to hang on our wall. I love a man who can hang a cup rack. Or at least, I love this man who can hang a cup rack.
By the way, we still have no closet rods. But I have a cup rack and pennants. Priorities.
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