This range hood makeover will turn that ugly almond paint to stainless steel for less than fifteen dollars.
Time Scale: 2 out of 5
I had an almond colored range hood that was suppose to get painted when I got a new, white stove. That never happened. It stayed that way for 15 years. Once again, the time had come for a new stove.
In comes the shiny new stainless steel samsung stove and there is that ugly 25 year old, almond colored range hood. Yuck. There is no way I am putting up with THAT for another 15 years.
I have this huge long list of projects going on and I'm really not going to get it done right away, BUT soon.... Oh yeah, that is how the almond range hood lived with the white stove for 15 years. Fortunately, I now have this helper that decided to fix it for me. Yippee! Yes, this range hood makeover has been a long time coming.
First things first. Turn off the electrical breaker. Oh, I could tell you a shocking story about another project which involved changing an outlet. My hubby turned off the breaker and I checked the plug in, with one of those little do ma jiggies. It makes a noise and lights up if there is still power in the wires. I checked and no, wasn't going off. Well, I thought the correct breaker had been shut off. The problem was, I had forgotten to turn that little do ma jiggy tester ON. Duh! Good thing my husband can stand a bit of a zap. The first tingle and it was "Hey, I thought you said the breaker was off!" Me: "It is off, I checked it!" The next zap was " This isn't off!!" My reply was "Yes, it is off. Watch the tester. SEE?"
No, it isn't really funny, it could have been very serious. Lucky it wasn't. Just for the record, I wasn't trying to get rid of him either. Yes, I did apologize, profusely!
So, the moral of this story is, use the tester properly, or is the moral of the story don't trust your wife around electricity? It won't work, if you don't turn it on. I said IT and I meant THE TESTER.
If you don't have a tester, you can make sure the power is off by checking the light and the fan to make sure they are not working when the breaker is turned off. This is not going to be a reliable way to check the power supply if the range hood is not in good working order to begin with. Just sayin.
Here is the big disclaimer: This range hood makeover involves mucking around with electricity and there is the danger of possible injury. I will not be held responsible for anyone zapping themselves for ANY reason. (Including the improper use of that electrical tester thinga ma bob.)
Now that you have the power supply off for sure, it's time to get started. Undo the screws from the little cover on the underside of the hood. This will be where the wires are connected. Remove the screws holding the wires. Straighten the wires so they will pull through the little hole on the hood.
Remove the screws that are holding the range hood to the underside of the cupboard. It's good to have help with this, so you don't drop it. I covered the new stove up with towels, just in case. The stove could have been pulled out of the way but that is a big pain.
Lift it down and out of the way, feeding the wires out through the hole on the back. Give yourself a pat on the back for not wrecking anything in the process.
Take off the filter screen.
Remove the lightbulb, fan and switches.
Scrub all surfaces well to remove any built up grease. No matter how good of housekeeper you are, there will be places that are difficult to clean. This will now be more evident with the fan removed. I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Correction, my husband used the magic eraser. It works well for getting off that sticky grime. Rinse and wipe with a wet rag.
Use fine grit sandpaper to scuff up the surface. You will need to scuff the paint up just enough to take the shine down, so the new paint has something to grab to.
My range hood had a black sticker on it with the brand name. This was covered with masking tape.
Don't forget to do the small rectangular piece that is used to cover the electrical wires.
Wipe down with a paper towel to remove the sanding dust.
Now you are ready to paint, without a lot of prep work. No primer required!
Shake up the spray can of Krylon Stainless steel paint. Shake periodically during spraying.
Spray on a light coat. Let it dry. The instructions say it is ready for recoat in just 10 minutes. Other than that, there isn't much for instructions.
The first coat went on a little weird. It was bumpy and a bit rough. We still aren't sure if there was something not quite right with this can of paint or what.
The rough surface was not what I was looking for and it did not resemble stainless steel. It was actually kind of a mess! With a slight rub, the paint came off. It didn't peel but came off in shavings. If this happens to you too, don't panic. This range hood makeover really does work. HONEST!! It is fixable.
After it has dried, sand lightly with emery cloth and then wipe down with a paper towel. This takes off the roughness and the shine appears. It will now look like real stainless steel.
Let dry for a couple hours.
There will probably be a few thin spots, which will require more paint. (Second can). This can of paint didn't go on as rough. After the paint has dried, wipe with a paper towel.
It now really looks like stainless steel. That was a grand total of less than $15.00 versus $300.00 to replace a perfectly good range hood that was just the wrong color. Finally, after a 15 year wait, I have an amazing range hood makeover. I now have a stove that matches!
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