It is Week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I wanted to share how I made the new range hood for our kitchen. Now…I know this picture doesn’t look like much, but it represents a lot of the prep work that needed to be done before I could install the new hood. Here are a few of the things that I did:
- Removed old microwave
- Removed tile backsplash
- Removed cabinets
- Installed new electrical
- Patched drywall after installing electrical
- Made hole for hood vent
- Bought a ton of bananas and avocados:)
Our original microwave that was installed above the cooktop included a recirculating vent. It worked OK, but I really wanted to vent all of our cooking fumes outside of our home. So I decided to install this range insert and some new ducting.
Before I could install the range insert, I needed to build the hood frame. If you want to see how I made the frame, I saved all of the steps for this process in my Instagram Highlights.
After I built the hood, I needed to drill a 6 inch hole through the wall for the vent. Luckily, the hood was located on an exterior wall. Unluckily, I needed to figure out how to drill through stucco. It was something I had never done before. I did a ton of research and it was difficult to find a reliable/inexpensive way to drill through the stucco. However, eventually I figured it out. Let me show you how I did it.
I used this Kobalt Carbide Drill Bit to create the hole. The drill bit is built for making 6 inch holes for recessed light, but it also works great on stucco. Can you see the drill head in the middle of the bit? That goes in the center of your hole and helps keep the bit in the right spot while drilling.
After the hole was drilled, it was a piece of cake to install the ducting and get the vent up and running. Next week I will show you how I made the range hood look like this: