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September 11, 2015

A Little Rehab Project–Kat’s Hood Vent Fan

by Andrea


Exciting times around these parts!  My oldest daughter, Kat, had just bough herself a little post-war, mid-century modest house.  Although the house still has tons of original charm, we’re doing some work to it to bring back even more original details.  I’ve got a little project to share with your today – the revamp I did of her hood vent fan in her kitchen.



Here’s the before.  Somebody did a terrible job trying to paint it white at some point.  Also, those are the original cupboards that someone tried to do a faux wood finish on – but there will be more on the cupboards later.


I could see by the peeling paint and underneath the unit that it was originally a copper colour, so I was hoping to strip it back down to that.



However, the stripper took off the copper as well and took it down to bare metal.  But I also discovered that the front was originally stainless, which was quite nice.  As there were some residual rust marks, it had to be painted.



All taped off to paint.



Initially, I was going to paint it copper close to the original colour, but I couldn’t find any copper paint of the right sort at all locally.  So, I ended up with going with a silver to match the stainless.


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Now, once more thing to deal with – the nasty, nasty filter.


I tried looking for a replacement filter, but it seems that this one was not a common size – nor was it a common manufacturer.  During my googling, I cam across http://rangehoodsfilter.com/, which will custom make you a new filter to any size – and they are made in the USA!  I measured the nasty one and ordered one right up.



Here you can see the nasty one and the new one together – same size!



Installed and ready to go (you can also see the original copper colour here).


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And here’s the finished hood vent!  I will be bringing you some more rehab projects from Kat’s house in upcoming weeks – stay tuned!

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3 Responses to A Little Rehab Project–Kat’s Hood Vent Fan

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Lord have mercy……”faux” wood ON wood…..why??? WHY?!?! It’s already wood people!

    I know what you mean about that copper colored layer coming off….seems like a lot of times back then the copper color was just some sort of overlay over metal to give it that color, I’ve had the same thing happen in various other projects I’ve worked on. I think it looks FAB in stainless/silver though! Can’t wait to see more of the rehab!

  2. dkzody Reply

    September 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    You did a super job. What a difference, and what a great resource for those filters.

  3. Jacki Reply

    September 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Very nice!

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