Choosing a Range Hood Cover

choosing a diy range hood cover

Hello, friends!  I hope you are having a great day and are looking forward to a lovely weekend ahead–whatever your plans may be.  Since our March Break begins tomorrow, we are anticipating a fun weekend at home with three of our four sons completing home projects and competing in a Dodgeball Tournament (yep, you read that right… I’ll let you know how that turned out next week 😉 ).

I love this movie!

Even though a range hood cover for our kitchen isn’t in the plans for this weekend, I am beginning to plan my husband’s next few DIY projects because I like to be helpful like that ;-).

Building House|Making Home DIY To Do List

      1.  mudroom coat and shoe storage built-ins
      2. office desk area
      3. range hood cover

Since I have a bit of time before we approach the building of #3, I thought I would get some opinions from you regarding the range hood cover.  One rule for this little project is that it can’t be too “fussy” as our kitchen is really a part of our main living area which includes our rustic shiplap fireplace:

Also, the range hood cover needs to be simple to build and coordinate with the current kitchen cupboards (white cupboards & gray island) and barn beam mantel in the living room.  Possible colors/materials it could be made of: white, gray, black, reclaimed wood.  In my opinion the range hood cover should be the focal point in our kitchen and right now it is lackluster at best:

Building House|Making Home Range Hood Before
Building House|Making Home Kitchen

So, keeping those things in mind I have pinned quite a few ideas onto my kitchen board and here are some of my favorites:

sunnysideup range hood cover
The Sunny Side Up Blog
Magnolia Market
New England Home
The Happy Housie

Thrifty Decor Chick
Buckets of Burlap
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Heidi Piron

So many lovely options!  Which one is your favorite?  Which one do you think would go best in our kitchen?  White, black, gray or natural wood?

Thanks for giving me your two cents worth!  And also thanks for praying for our family that we make it through Dodgeball in one piece ;-)!

♥ Tina

KITCHEN OPEN SHELVING – Is it practical?


Today I wanted to give my opinion on open shelving in the kitchen as this is a fairly new trend in kitchen design perhaps made more popular by the lovely Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame.  When designing our kitchen, I knew I wanted to incorporate some open shelving but still include closed cabinets for the less aesthetically pleasing items we use every day.

Originally we had open shelving planned for both sides of our apron sink area, but after installation of the window over the kitchen sink, the measurements were off and we had to tweak the shelving plan with the cabinet design people.  Those types of situations happen ALL. THE. TIME. when building and it can be disappointing or frustrating, but I like to look at the challenges as new design opportunities instead!  My kids just LOVE it when I tell them that life’s little bumps in the road can be opportunities to hone our problem solving skills ;-).  As you can see from my style board for the kitchen above, the kitchen in the top photo had no open shelving to the left of the sink and it looked fine so I had the cabinets and shelves re-designed in a similar fashion.

Since there wasn’t much room between the cabinets and the window on the left side, we decided to just do the open shelving on the right side of the sink (just above the dishwasher and to the right of the sink where the dishes would be drying to make putting dishes away easy and efficient).  So here we were a few days ago – top shelf still sporting Christmas decor.  No judging–it is not February just yet ;-).   Anyway, as you can see from the dishes drying on the counter–the majority are our glasses and white everyday plates and bowls.  The most efficient storage for these would be just above the dishwasher and also the spot where I am in the habit of putting them to dry.  I am not a big believer of drying the dishes immediately because I am lazy have heard it is more hygienic ;-).  I didn’t realize that on the kitchen cabinet plans, the open shelving would be located so high on the wall.  For practicality reasons and so that our 10-year-old son could actually reach the cereal bowls and make his own breakfast without climbing on the counter each time (can’t knock him for using his “problem solving skills” here 😉 )–we decided to lower both shelves to a more reachable height.

First step was to empty the shelves.

Next step was to call my sweet husband up from his project in the basement so that we could quickly lower the shelves before reloading.  Not as quickly as we had hoped but in fairly short order we had both shelves lowered by about 8 inches and much more functional for our family.

Ahh…. much better.  Bye, bye to the Christmas decor and hello to white, botanical and wood neutrals.  Our youngest can now safely self-serve (I see this as my ultimate goal as a mother 😉 ) and I can store things on the top shelf and still reach them without a step-stool.

The holes in the drywall still need patching and paint and I still want to style the counter under the shelves but after only a few days living with the lowered shelves, they are functioning exactly as I had envisioned those many months ago when we were deep in the process of dreaming and designing our house.

I LOVE them and would recommend a small area of open shelving to anyone.  Since we use the items on the bottom shelf on a daily basis, I haven’t found a problem with dust collecting as Emily of Jones Design Company also describes here when discussing open shelves in the kitchen.

And besides, we still have plenty of closed storage on the other wall of the kitchen and also in the island for the ugly less aesthetically pleasing stuff.


Soon we’ll go on a full kitchen tour and I’ll show you all the fun hidden organization and functional elements behind the doors and drawers.  Fingers crossed for a sunny day at home for that photo shoot!  😉

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We’re in!

Hello friends (and family) ;-)!  The huge delay in posting on the blog means…… we have moved in!  Yay!  Time to unpack!  Boo!  Actually, very excited to unpack FINALLY after having much of our “stuff” boxed up for the six months we were in a rental house.  The delay is also due to the fact that we do not have internet or tv at our new house-we have been in for over 10 days.  10 days no tv/internet + 4 males in the house (2 teenagers) = 5 Unhappy Campers.  Oh well, we sure have been knocking the projects off the list each evening without internet or tv to distract us ;-).  #silverlining

I have a few really dark and unimpressive pictures for you.  Sorry, I haven’t been home much during the daylight hours since we moved to get some well-lit pics but promise to do that this weekend.  For now, here are a few of the kitchen.
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Yes, those are sticky notes on the cabinet doors ;-).  My awesome mom and sister helped us move in and set up my kitchen for me.  I quickly jotted down the desired contents of each cabinet/drawer on a sticky note and placed them so they could unpack away while I was directing traffic elsewhere.  #movingischaos  #neveragain  Also, our plumber still has a few faucets to install and the kitchen island faucet is one of them.  For now, we have a faucet in a box sitting on our island.  I hope the kids don’t get used to using the big sink to make their lemonaide because the sink directly in front of the refrigerator is for that purpose ;-)!  It will also be handy for filling the coffee pot in the morning (our microwave, toaster and coffee pot are behind those two large pocket doors to the right of the fridge–breakfast central!).  img_20161201_212709I was a bit disappointed that the open shelving was installed so high above the counter top.  However, if we were going to fix or change anything, that is totally the easiest thing to fix as my husband can shift those down about 12″ or so by just drilling new holes for the brackets and then I will fix the old bracket holes–not very labor intensive.  My hope for the bottom shelf of the open shelves was for everyday dishes and glasses and in real life it is working out great other than the fact that it is hard for our youngest to reach.  We’ll get that situation rectified very soon–right after we get tv & internet installed,  bathroom mirrors hung, closets organized and boxes in the basement organized…..  Hmmmm, maybe that won’t happen so soon after all ;-).

Our youngest couldn’t wait to try out our new stove so here he is on Monday morning–day #2 in the new house–making himself eggs and ham for breakfast before school!  Notice the boxes of wine on the far left because, hello, priorities ;-)–we need to relieve the stress somehow–we just moved, people!img_20161128_071234

Here is a dark and blurry picture of our master bathroom sink cabinet I quickly snapped this morning with mirrors propped against the wall.  I am not 100% sure about whether or not I am painting the frames and wanted to decide before we hung them.  I got the mirrors at a hotel resale store in Michigan–actually my parents picked them up for me as I didn’t decide until we had left the country that I wanted them after all – thanks Mom & Dad ;-).  Unfortunately the mirrors were too big for the main bathroom but they will work just fine in the master. img_20161206_070832

Can’t wait to get some better lit photos for you real soon and then I can do source lists as well for the hardware, faucets, lighting.  Stay tuned folks–we’re bound to get internet around here soon ;-)!

Last post I asked you to comment on what you thought our “special feature” in the kitchen was and my Aunt Karen was correct–a cutting board with a hole in it so compost can go directly into the compost bin.  Those contents will be for the enjoyment of our chickens when we are able to build a coop next spring and order some more baby chicks–can’t wait!  


We are still awaiting the hardware for the bottom door of this cabinet–the kitchen installers misplaced my knobs and handles when they came for the last install visit.  The missing hardware has been located and I am promised they are in the mail at this time.  I’ll get you an updated post about this handy little feature just as soon as it is functional!

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Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon!  ♥ Tina

Tray Ceiling, Garage Door, Trim & More!

Hello, friends!  Popping in to share a few more progress shots of the build.  We will be living in our new home in less than a week and a half—so excited!  That day has been over 8 months in the making and it can’t come soon enough!  Patience is key when building a house–especially when living in a temporary location during the build (see my post on Thoughts on Gratefulness & Renting here)!  People keep asking me if I am busy packing and my response has been, “Well…… no, actually.  We are still mostly packed up from our move six months ago and can’t wait to finally UNPACK soon!”

On to the progress.  Can I get a drum roll, please?  Presenting our “fancy” garage door:


Please ignore the ugly garbage pile in front–I was so excited I snapped a photo before I started clean up duties for the day and forgot to take another one later.  Oh well, always real life at BuildingHouse|MakingHome, I can guarantee that ;-)!  The reason I say “fancy” is because last time we built, I had to have a regular plain old beige garage door with no windows.  The door was on the side of the house, and since I got “my way” with that decision, we didn’t want to spend extra money on a “fancy” garage door when it should have just blended into the side of the house.  THIS TIME, it worked best with our lot configuration to have the garage door on the front.  My husband got “his way” with a big garage that is easy to pull into from the driveway and I got “my way” with the “fancy” windows and coach door design.  Hopefully we will install the pulls and brackets in the near future but, for now, I am happy with my new, “fancy” garage door.  Especially happy thinking about all of the wonderful projects I’m planning for my hubby to work on in said garage…..  😉

Now on to the tray ceiling.  We thought a wood tray ceiling would be a nice feature on our back deck but that is something we decided to do ourselves instead of having the builder do it to save on labor costs.  Here are a few progress shots, and although we have a long way to go (by we, of course I mean my husband and boys ), it is looking great so far.  


I will be staining the wood after it is installed and I’m not looking forward to staining something over my head, however, we are on a tight time schedule and there was no time to pre-stain before install.

Also, we have trim to show you:This is the front foyer area with a hall closet which shows you our interior door and trim style.  I have black lever handles for the interior doors so I’m excited to see those doors and trim all painted up soon with the handles installed.  I was going for a look similar to this:


Hoping everything comes together in real life just as nicely as it looks in my head ;-)!

And now, if you noticed the title of this post, it is time for MORE!  Today is kitchen & bathroom cabinet install day!  Hooray!  Feast your eyes on shaker cabinets galore:

I am going to leave you with only photos, guessing about which cabinets are going where until next time {insert evil laughter}…  Ok, so maybe you don’t really care what is going where as much as I do ;-).  I get that.  BUT, see that cabinet with the mysterious wood-with-hole-cut-out insert?  That is a super fun feature my husband wanted in the house and I’ll explain more next time.  For now I leave you with four (ok, five) words:  food prep, knives, composting, easy!

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Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon!  ♥ Tina

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