Over the weekend Jules and I made our way down to Nana and Pop's house for a little Sunday DIY project. Over the last several months Dad has been working on making their custom range hood- tailored to look just like our farmhouse vent hood. About a month ago, they had a local tile guy come in and install this stunning glazed brick subway tile... which needed installed before we could finish their "plaster" vent hood. I love how subtle this brick backsplash is while also having some textural interest.
In their kitchen (and their entire home really), we're aiming for a "refined-rustic-cabin" style. Think clean lines, rustic raw textures and cozy corners for their lakehouse. I love the clean lines of their marble-like quartz counters mixed with the beigey-cream cabinets. I felt the mixture of plaster texture and raw wood beam of the hood would be a nice grounding, rustic addition to bring the style together in the kitchen.
To get the look of the "plaster", I smeared SureCrete (a concrete overlay). overtop the thin hood paneling. I first learned about SureCrete through one of Leanne Ford's blogs and have been obsessed since. Below I linked the YouTube tutorial of this process if you're interested. The process of adding the SureCrete went pretty quickly and the transformation is incredible. As I mentioned in the tutorial, the base structure doesn't have to be 100% perfect. Adding the SureCrete really does hide many minor flaws and by adding multiple layers of the concrete topcoating, it's perfect for those "imperfect" structures.
I love that Mom chose to have the two front glass panels flanking the hood. This allows for her to display her pretty collections of Pyrex bowls and adds another dimension to the uppers. In a future blog, I'll be sure to share the opposite side of their kitchen in their full reveal. You'll then notice that their black knobs and pulls tie into their black sink.
I kept the styling pretty simple. A small gold framed piece of art anchors the left side of the stove with an angel vine. A bowl full of quail eggs nested on our ceramic platter feels cozy and natural. The warmth of the art pairs beautifully with the rustic wood beam around the hood.
On the right side of the stove, I kept all of Mom's cooking essentials at a reach. Our brass footed pedestal holds her cooking oil cruet, a vase of wooden spoons and our glass salt dish for pinching.
Well... whatcha think? I absolutely love how natural and effortless this hood turned out! The whole process of adding the SureCrete and wood "beam" took only several hours. Once you have a bag of SureCrete- you'll be wanting to add it to everything. Let me know what you think below!