I finally took my kitchen from dated, dangerous, and dingy to a fresh, modern farmhouse with dark green kitchen cabinets and a craftsman twist. After living in this house for almost a year, it feels huge to have the kitchen done! It needed to be one of the last things we finished in the remodel, and I think the wait was worth it.
This post is in collaboration with Proline Range Hoods. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.
When I was designing this kitchen, I had a specific wish list that needed to fit within the existing footprint of the kitchen. There is a staircase on one side of the kitchen and a brick chimney + supporting wall on the other so moving side-to-side was out of the question.
Farmhouse Kitchen Wish List
- Built-in Proline Range Hood
- Double Ovens
- 5-burner cooktop
- Large farmhouse sink
- No upper cabinets
- Dark green kitchen cabinets
- Big window
- Cafe Appliances
Creating a Functional Kitchen Workspace
The designer I worked with to draw up our remodel plans was incredible. She is very familiar with old homes (this one is 1910) and exceptional at making existing spaces functional. She managed to fit every item on my wishlist into our very average-sized kitchen.
- The first thing I did was open up a wall that had been built in at the back of the kitchen into the dining room. This created enough visual space for the island.
- When I replaced the windows, I opted for a large window that was almost the entire length and width of the wall behind the sink so that there would be a lot of natural light.
- I went with an RTA (ready to assemble) cabinet option that was affordable and great quality. I am in love with the color – Ripe Olive by Sherwin Williams. It’s also the color I painted the exterior of the house.
- I chose not to have upper cabinets because I wanted the window and the Proline Range Hood to be the focal point. I also have an island, a built-in, and a butlers pantry so storage wasn’t a problem.
How to Pick an Insert Range Hood
While this is the third house I’ve owned and updated, It’s never worked out to install a high-quality range hood before. To say I am excited about partnering with Proline Range Hoods to show you one of their many amazing products would be an understatement.
I worked with one of their knowledgeable staff members to help me pick out the right range hood insert. Factors that impact which Proline Range Hood you should purchase are:
- What kind of range hood you need (insert, wall, under cabinet, etc.).
- The size of the cooktop or range.
- The amount of cooking you do.
I really had no idea how to pick one, so I loved how detailed the help was. There were zero issues with shipping, and it came in perfect condition.
How to Build a DIY Range Hood Cover
I wanted the range hood cover to tie in with the cabinetry but not be identical. I designed a vertical cover with slats that mimicked the beadboard on the walls. I also wanted it to be a nod to the craftsman architecture of the home so I kept it very square and bold. To tie it all together, I painted it to match the cabinets.
- Build a secure frame for your Proline Range Hood. I used a 40″ Hurricane Insert that mounted to the frame from the bottom.
- Connect the wiring and exhaust.
- Enclose your Proline Range Hood insert with 1/2 inch plywood.
- Attach 2-inch slats on both edges of the front of the range hood cover.
- Measure the space between the slats on either end and calculate where the middle is. Attach a slat there.
- Evenly space the rest of your slats across the front of the range hood cover. You don’t want to have to cut the width off of any, so arranging them as described is important.
- Add finishing strips on the bottom and top of the slats.
- Add a final strip underneath the plywood to cover your framing and tie in the edge of the range hood insert.
As soon as the range hood was up, the whole kitchen came together. I love how easy it was to customize the Proline Range Hood into any style I wanted, in this case, a mix between craftsman and farmhouse range hood.
I am so happy with how the kitchen turned out! I can say with certainty, that installing the Proline Range Hood was the easiest thing we did in the space. It was such a relief to have a quick, simple project that had no issues or setbacks. Our timeline for the kitchen got stretched way longer than we anticipated, so every win felt huge and that was a major one and Proline Range Hoods knocked it out of the park.