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Range Hoods Aren’t Meant to Be Bisque.

August 31, 2011  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Who made this choice?  Surely it was the same person who purchased our old bisque-colored refrigerator and all of our smoke detectors–yes, they are also bisque.  Ack.  With our recent refrigerator upgrade, and a full kitchen reno still a year or so away, we weren’t ready to replace the hood (we are dreaming of a BIG one when we do), but I did want to make it blend in.

So I painted it the same color as our cabinets:
I thought about doing this when I originally painted the cabinets, but I wasn’t sure of the process, or if I needed special paint.  Turns out, there are about 10 ways to paint your range hood, and I’m sure most would work.  Ours fell into a very special category: our range hood serves no purpose.  Sure, every once in awhile, we switch the light on.  But I can honestly say, I don’t think we ever used the exhaust fan and most importantly, our hood has NEVER been hot or even warm.  Only one of our burners really works, so the hood doesn’t absorb a bunch of heat.  If it did get hot or even warm, I would have used special paint that can withstand high heat–commonly used to paint the inside of fire places.   Instead, I just used what we already had on hand.  
First, I cleaned it really well with soap and water to remove all the dust and grease.  Once it dried, I slapped on 2 coats of Zinsser water-based primer for all surfaces and 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Mountain Peak White (the same primer and paint I used for our cabinets).  Easy Peasy and loads better on the eyes.  
And while we’re in the kitchen, it is worth mentioning that I found a clock that I have been envisioning going above our new open shelving.  Although we loved our handwritten Tad Carpenter quote propped up there, you couldn’t see the whole thing!  You couldn’t see what it was that “I loved most”!  

So we replaced it with this clock (our only wall clock in the house right now–hooray for not relying on cell phones and oven clocks to tell time!) which we found at Ross for $16.99.

Oh, and our “happy pots” got a nice shiny glaze on them, too.  :)   And since this post has already veered from bisque-colored range hoods,  I couldn’t leave you wondering where that Tad Carpenter quote ended up.   It’s in the newly-not-stenciled hallway, along with the temple painting I did:

There you have it: a fresh new look for an old range hood, a new wall clock, glossy pots and relocated art.  What a Wednesday!
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What do you think?

  1. Meagan says:

    That room that has the trash is so stinky ALL THE TIME. We thought about that when we first moved in, but I could not even handle the thought of having to stand and breathe in there longer than 2 seconds. But yes…it might be 2-3 months until the pictures are revealed, but know that it is in the works!

  2. Nina says:

    Lookin’ good! Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference :)

  3. I find it HILARIOUS that your pantry is in your bedroom now. It seems like you should be able to attach some shelves to the inside of your closet in the kitchen…maybe starting half-way up so you can still use the bottom half for your garbage can and to stash things. But then again, I would surely miss having the chips and crackers at arms-reach in bed. Lol. I am anxious to see all these changes you are making! And a dining room table?! You guys deserve it. Can’t wait to see pictures!

  4. Meagan says:

    love love love it all!! What a fab blog. What a difference a bit of paint does…holy cow…and that color bisque made me laugh…what a name for a rather boring color. I LOVE that quote.

    So, we have been moving things around in the kitchen…and after postponing it TOO long, I moved the “open pantry” into our bedroom….(you would die…) but it avoids having to stress out constantly of Brin bringing a chair over, climbing up, and pulling everything off the shelves…25 times an hour. And now may does it too. Drives me insane! So if you need a bedtime snack, you have plenty to choose from right inside our bedroom!!! hahahahaaaaa So anyways, with our new found $$ with not buying a new laptop for me, we are totally getting a reaaaaaaaal table! And we will probably sell that high chair once we do and get a cheap strap on one. I am SO excited. More space in our kitchen! With that said, we are doing a picture wall in the kitchen. Since the ideal wall (upstairs hallway) NEVEr is seen by anyone except us going up and down with Brin, there is no point putting up cute pictures for no one to see!! So anyways, this was a long comment…but just letting you know what I’m up to. :-)

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