Creating an Old World Range Hood

When we finally redid our kitchen a few years ago, I was beyond happy with it.  No longer was I embarrassed having people over for dinner because I had new cabinetry, granite counter tops, new flooring…in short – my kitchen was finally a place I could be proud of.

My kitchen was featured in HOUZZ!

But…I couldn’t make up my mind which backsplash I wanted. Nothing seemed to go with the granite (oh, it probably did…I was just very picky).  So, I finally took the plunge and created my own backsplash (which you’ll see a better picture of soon).  Because the backsplash was very old world, textured and rustic, it made my range hood look too new, too light and out of place.  So – that had to change. I took out the trowel…

I used a product called PlasterTex from Faux Effects. It’s a wonderful texture for old world effects – plus it takes a glaze well. I stippled the texture on first with an old brush, then I troweled it, giving it that “been there forever” type of look. In the smaller and straighter sections where I couldn’t use a trowel, I stippled and then I “mushed” with my fingers (very technical faux treatment!!) Then, after it was dry, I took out a large brush and glazed the entire range hood with some Mahogany Stain and Seal (also from Faux Effects).  I threw in a little bit of chestnut brown and brown glaze as well.  Where it was too dark, I just wiped it back with some cheesecloth. For the onlay on the top of the range hood, I just wiped back a lot of it because I wanted it to stand out…otherwise the depth and definition of that feature would have been lost.

Above, not the best cropping job, but you can see the range hood a bit better. I then used the same glaze and wiped it over the lower molding on the hood.  The question I have for all of you reading this – should I also do the same glaze on the top molding?  I left it cream – like the rest of the cabinetry.  I’m not sure…so I would love some suggestions.

Here’s a closeup of the section over the cooktop.
I wish I could say that I painted that middle tile – but I was afraid of messing it up too much, so I had a friend who’s a fabulous artist do it for me.  It’s a revised version of a section of a toile fabric that I had purchased awhile back. We didn’t copy the toile exactly, we changed it quite a bit.  I like to think that the lady is taking the wine bottle away from the man because he’s getting a little crazy.  In my house, it’s usually my husband taking the wine bottle away from me!  Oh well – in art, you can be a more glorified version of yourself!!
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20 Responses to Creating an Old World Range Hood

  1. lyna says:

    Hi Linda–I would do the crown of the hood with the same treatment you did the hood–it wil make it look more distinguished–like it was put up that way….now it looks incomplete to my eye. (Believe me, I've done many faux treatments on stove hoods)

    Great job though!

  2. Effie says:

    Wow, It looks very stately like this. I agree with Lyna and think the molding on the top needs to be the same as the bottom. Your kitchen is beautiful!

  3. Your kitchen is stunning and I love the hood. Wow, how pretty is that. YOur backsplash is totally unreal. I love it, you did a great job designing it.

    You asked about a piece of furniture. The white spots or milky looking spots are because something hot or cold allowed moisture to seep under the lacquer on the finish. Sometime holding a hairdryer over it will cry the moisture and make the spot go away.

    I am not sure how to remove the sticky stuff. I just use really fine steel wool on a lot of things and then go over it with stain. Sorry I don't know more. Hugs, Marty

  4. Your “new” hood really snaps the room into focus. Great focal point! Definitely, faux the clown, so the hood visually connects to the ceiling.

    Is the cooktop an induction cooktop? Love the piece of furniture at the end of the island.


  5. I didn't realize you had a second blog. I've had a boo around and am following you here, too! I'd do the crown the same as the hood. ~ Maureen

  6. dee dee says:

    Beautiful kitchen! Love the painted effect on our stove hood! You are so talented (your friend too!)
    dee dee

  7. Your kitchen is a dream! How very talented you are. So glad I stopped. Can't wait to see more pictures. I'm your newest follower, btw:-)

  8. Scribbler says:

    I agree that the top moulding should be the same as the bottom.

    Your kitchen is beautiful, and that backsplash is a work of art for sure.

  9. What an awesome project! You did a very professional-looking job of it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I've been searching in google for some ideas and accidentally found this blog. I don't have much to add to the conversation, but I'm right here with you. This post said exactly what I have been thinking. Good to see you posting.

  11. Beth says:

    I think it's stunning and would have to agree with the others that the top molding should match the bottom, but it's not that big of a deal. If it doesn't work out, then you can paint it white again.

  12. Ruth H. says:

    Wow, what an amazing kitchen! The details you've added are absolutely stunning.

  13. Love your hood. You did a fabulous job and I love the tile. I think maybe that crown should be aged. I noticed the white right off the bat.

  14. Thrifty Frog says:

    I agree that the top molding should be the same as the hood. It all looks wonderful! I'm a new follower hopping from Katherine's Corner. The Thrifty Blog Frog
    Huge green hugs,
    Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog.

  15. I'm very impressed with the way you transformed the hood. It looks original. I like your version of the story in the toile fabric. That's why I like toile so much…the depiction of real life. I like that you kept the upper molding white. I would leave it that way.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  16. So lovely!
    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

    Greetings from Australia♥

  17. Very nice. I can't wait to have a kitchen that nice.

  18. Very posh! Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Hugs and happy weekend wishes!

  19. Your kitchen is beautiful. The finish you did on your range hood is really nice. Like others above, I think it would look great to do the same finish on the crown above the hood cover. I think it might be interesting to continue the finish on the cabinetry directly below the hood, too. Just a thought. Well, done.


  20. Becolorful says:

    Very impressive and that old world look never goes out of style. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful this week.

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