Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects

Range Hood Makeover

This month marks the four year anniversary that we have lived in this house. When we moved in, it was like traveling back to 1984, the year the house was built. We are slowly making updates to bring it to present time.

Our kitchen has changed the most. The cabinets were originally stained oak, in need of updating. First, I decided to paint them green. I didn’t hate the green, but it did look like Dr. Seuss lived here. A year later, my grey obsession took over and I repainted them. We had the grey for two years and were ready to brighten things up, so once again I got out my rollers and brushes and this time painted them white.

With white cabinets and black appliances, my 1980’s almond colored range hood suck out like a sore thumb. After doing a little research, we decided spray painting it was the best option for us.

Vent 2

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I was very hesitant to spray paint in the house, as I had never done anything like this before. So I tried to remove it. After about 2 minutes, I could tell that was not going to happen. I took a little break, gave my self a pep talk, and tried to erase the thought of black over spray all over my bright white cabinets out of my head.

Then, it was back to work as I cleaned, lightly sanded, and wiped off all dust on the vent. I covered literally everything near the hood with a plastic drop cloth, secured by painters tape.

Vent 4

Vent 5 vent 3
After spray painting a couple coats, I removed the drop cloth to reveal my pretty hood.


Ain’t it purdy? Now if only I could figure out what to hang on the wall between the hood and stove. Any ideas?


    • Emily

      Hi Alison! I pulled out the filter and covered all the wires with a piece of my plastic drop cloth. There was a sticker with info under my hood that I also covered with painter’s tape in case I needed any of that info some day (not sure why I would, but I guess you never know.) In addition, there was a light bulb I pulled out and covered the light socket with part of the drop cloth. Mine turned out really well. I was also a bit hesitant to do it, but I am very happy with the results. Hopefully this was helpful. Good Luck! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Linda

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m featuring you tonight. I have to do my own range hood. It’s disgusting! All features are also pinned. I’m pinning to For the Home. Thanks again!! Linda

  • Crystal

    Awesome find for me. All my appliances are black/stainless steel and the hood range is White.
    I am dieing to paint it black, but haven’t figured out how to go about doing it…..this is what I”m going to do. Hopefully it turns out as nice as yours :)

    • Emily

      Bel, I used Rustoleum’s Black Gloss Appliance Epoxy Enamel spray paint. I love how it turned out and it has held up really well.

  • Maggie

    Wow, I cannot believe it’s the same range hood! Now it looks like it definitely belongs with the oven. Great job. I admire your courage since you said you’d never done this before. I would recommend putting a decorative plate between the range hood and the oven.

    • Emily

      Thanks Wanda! The fumes were not too bad. It maybe smelled 24 hours, but probably not even that long. I just spray painted our dishwasher too and also wasn’t bad. I turned on the ceiling fans and opened the windows during the day and all of that seemed to help.

  • Vee

    Hey, this looks awesome, just thinking about trying this too, think you have convinced me!! Just wondering how it has held up since you done it? :)

    • Emily

      Thanks Vee! It has been a year and half since I did this project and it looks just as good as the day I finished it. I have been so pleased with how it held up, that I just painted our dishwasher too. (I will be sharing that on the blog sometime in January 2015.) Good luck and let us know how yours turns out!

  • Kameshwari Ganti

    Lovely! I am so glad I came across your blog in my search.

    I have the same color range hood..for both cabinet painting and range hood makeover, how did you get between the range hood and cabinet side wall without removing the range hood? I’d love some tips/ideas.

    I have the 80s ivory with oak cabinets. I am considering painting the cabinets in white and the hood with liquid stainless steel…can see oak between the range hood and cabinet side wall and don’t know how to get there without removing the hood. I am dreading the idea of removing the hood.

    Thanks much for reading.

    • Emily

      Thanks Kameshwari for your kind words! When I painted our cabinets, I used a long skinny artist paint brush and reached up in between the range hood and the cabinet and painted as high up as I could. I also didn’t want to remove the range hood. This did not get the entire cabinet painted, but it did get everything visible. Hope this helps and good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Celine

    Thanks for posting your experience! I would like to do exactly the same job, but i have a question for you. you have done this project a couple of years ago, how did the paint hold up? it looks like you used an appliance gloss paint, and not a high heat paint, are you happy with it?
    I’m debating on which paint to get!
    Thank you in advance!

    • Emily

      Celine, the appliance epoxy has held up amazingly well. It looks just as good as it did the day I painted it. Plus, with the gloss finish I have been able to easily wipe it down when it gets dusty and dirty. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the exact same way. Hope this helps and good luck with your project! Let us know how it turns out!

  • Patti Triplett

    Did you have any troubles with runs in the spray epoxy. I have used other spray paint but never an epoxy. Looks great, we need to paint ours black. Thanks

    • Erin

      Hi Patti,
      There weren’t any problems with runs in the spray epoxy. Just take it nice and slow and remember that multiple thin coats will work better than laying it on really thick! Hope that helps!

  • Cindy McDaniel

    I can not believe my hood vent looks exactly like yours did before you painted it, now I know I’ve got to paint mine ! Yours really looks amazing now !

  • Barb Slater

    How many cans of paint do I need & how many thin coats did you do? Also was the underneath greaseless? I’m going to do this but am still cleaning. I came in to google how to and found you. This is just what I needed and it’s inspiring to think I can do that!! Thanks

  • Gayle

    Elizabeth – I, too, just spray painted my almond-colored range hood. I used the Rustoleum Bronze Oil Rubbed finish in Hammertone. I only painted the top of the hood – not underneath because the can says “not” heat resistant.
    It turned out great, BUT I had so much over-spray. I covered the tile floor, and about 3′ around the hood (including the ceiling). I have the same layout as you have in your kitchen. I found overspray on the tile floor in the dining area which is 6′-7′ away. I also had overspray in my sink and areas of my tile. I cleaned over and over again with rags & 409, I still found areas where I had missed and the overspray had cured on the tile (the good thing about this is all our tile is being replaced with marble – and we are getting a new sink). BUT there has to be more on the internet about how to keep from getting over-spray. Near as I can figure, the reason I had so much over-spray was because I was spraying something that was high up and the spray was “floating” down and around. Last summer I used the same spray on my fireplace frame and I only covered about 12″ around – I didn’t have any over spray which was good because my fireplace surround is all marble! I would like to show you my before and after pics, but don’t know how to send to you. Let me know. And thanks for your helpful information!

    • Erin

      I’m so glad to hear that it turned out great, Gayle! Sorry to hear about the overspray, though. Typically that can happen for a few reasons. 1 – Spraying more than 6 – 10 inches away from the surface. 2 – Too much pressure. 3 – Using a large nozzle or needle. I don’t know if any of those apply to you or not. However, I have found that you can remove some oil based paints with salt and olive oil, which I talked about in this post. I would love to see your results! You can email me pics at Thanks!

  • Brooke

    I’m considering using appliance paint for my stove range also. I’m hesitant tho because it seems like it wouldn’t stay on very good. Does your stay on good even with having to cook and boil things right under it.

  • Andrea Brewster

    Your post is exactly what I needed to see! We have a condo we rent out that we’ve been updating a bit. We bought a range that looks a lot like yours but the vent hood works perfectly, so I didn’t want to replace it. I’ll be purchasing paint tomorrow to try this. Yours is just beautiful. Thank you.

  • Carol Crase

    So excited that I found this on Pinterest!!! I have the identical same range hood and had been wanting to get it painted, but don’t consider myself to handy. Looks like the key is to cover and tape everything well. Most concerned about over spray. Since I have never done anything like this…what would you recommend to prevent overspray and get the best finish?? I have just had new flooring and cabinets painted(light gray) so certainly don’t want to mess that up. Thanks for this post!!!!

  • Andréa

    Hi, I am in the process of giving a new life to my hood too. It has been taken off the wall so i will not do this in the kitchen.

    2 questions:
    I will paint the hood IN and OUT so should I use a high heat spray paint (for bbq) rather than exoxy for appliances? I intend to clean it, softly sand everything and apply 2 coats of primer under the paint first.

    What kind of degreaser are you using to take the grease out now. I would not want the new paint to stay on my rag.


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