After living with a Tuscan style kitchen for the past eight years I set out to give it a more
modern vibe. A DIY a metal hood was one of my goals for my kitchen makeover in the
One Room Challenge. I wanted simple and inexpensive, my plan was to cover my
existing drywall and decorative tiles on my hood with sheets of metal. After a few trips
to local sheet metal shops, and encountering lots of eye-rolling, I found out there was
more to it than showing up with my template and asking them to cut some pieces of
metal for me. :) Onto Plan B - I cruised the aisles of Home Depot in search of any metal
I could cut on my own, but struck out.
I resorted to trying paint but wasn't optimistic.
In my wildest dreams I didn't expect it to truly look like metal, I was thrilled!
I knew it was perfect when discriminating Detail Boy got home from school and
said, 'Oh, you put the metal up."
This, my friends, is amazing!
Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint
I wouldn't have given this 2 oz. bottle of 'craft paint' a second thought, but I saw a painted sample in
Michaels and it had the exact metallic look I was going for. After reading more, these features sold me:
*High Performance use on wood, glass, metal, fabric
*Highly pigmented color provides superior coverage
*Self-priming for use on porous and non-porous surface
*UV and weather resistant for use indoor or outdoor
*Dishwasher safe *Water Based Non-toxic *Made in USA
Next I was on a mission to find a material that I could use as the decorative
metal strips, however, it needed to be flexible to follow the curve in my existing hood.
Wandering through Home Depot with an open mind I had lawn edging,
metal door thresholds, and roofing material in my cart before I found the ideal product.
8' Strips of flexible PVC Lattice in two different widths @ $4.00/ 8' strip.
BIG bonus, they'd be easy to cut!
I wanted them gold and used another Martha Stewart favorite - liquid gilding,
to give them a brass look. I used a foam brush to apply the gilding.
I used tape to visualize where I wanted strips and measured the
I borrowed my dad's miter box, to cut 45 degree angles on the strips at the front corners.
All the other strips were straight cuts.
After making the cuts I filed the edges smooth.
I attached the strips with small finishing nails, they easily go through the PVC,
I placed them in the grout line instead of pounding them into the tile. My strips fit the
space I had perfectly.
Before determining the exact number of strips I wanted I did a mock up.
I purchased oversized nailheads from a fabric store,
they hold the strips against the 'metal' hood and serve as decorative rivets.
They easily pushed into the PVC and then then directly into the drywall.
The total cost: $68.00
6 bottles of Martha Stewart Metallic Paint - $12.00
2 bottles of Martha Stewart Gilding - $9.00
9 8' PVC Strips - $32.00
Nailheads - $15.00
I know not everyone has the exact hood situation as I did, and some tweaking
would most likely be necessary, but hopefully my project will give you an idea
of what you could create. Have fun and I love to see it if you try something!
Happy weekend, friends!!