DIY and Crafts

How to use Venetian plaster to cover your rangehood

Venetian plaster finishes are on-trend at the moment, so why not recreate this look at home and cover that unsightly rangehood at the same time?

Hiding a dated rangehood is a cheaper option than replacing a perfectly functioning unit that may be ruining the look of your kitchen. Rangehood covers are also having a moment. But why stop there? Venetian-style plaster, so evocative of grand old Italian palazzos, is also a happening thing. It’s easy to emulate that effect with clever paint application rather than using a complicated plaster mix that can only be applied by a professional.

You will need

• Framing timber
• Tape measure
• Jigsaw
• Drill
• 100mm screws to fix the framing
• 7mm plywood (so it can bend) for face, 18mm plywood for sides
• 30mm screws to fix the plywood
Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat
• Paint brush for undercoat
Resene EzyFill Quick
• Larger brush to paint texture
• Resene Sandtex waterborne textured paint in Resene White

1 Measure the rangehood. You are going to build two frames to fit around it, one top, one bottom. You need to ensure it’s big enough to surround the rangehood with plenty of space for air flow and still be able to see the buttons, which operate the range. For my design, I wanted the top frame to be slightly narrower than the bottom frame to create a curve.

2 Cut and fix the two frames together using screws. I cut some triangular blocks to go in the corners to keep it square and strengthen the frame.

3 Fix the frames to the wall, the larger at the bottom, smaller at the top. You want to make sure you find the studs to fix into so that the frames are secure.

4 Measure the 18mm plywood to fit the two sides. This will be wider at the bottom and you will need to create a curve. Cut using a jigsaw.

5 Measure and cut the large piece to fit the front face using the 7mm plywood.

6 I primed the ply with Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer before I fixed it into place, but you can also prime it once it is up.

7 Fix the side pieces into place, I added some small blocks to the inside along the front edge of this to add extra support for the front piece.

8 Fix the front piece into place creating a curve.

9 Fill all the gaps with Resene EzyFill Quick and sand it smooth. Spot prime with Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer where required.

10 To create the Venetian-style plaster effect, use a large brush and apply Resene Sandtex waterborne textured paint in Resene White in sweeping circular motions. This is probably the only time you can be slap-dash in your application. Let dry and apply a second coat, and possibly a third coat, to build up the desired texture.

For extra visual dimension, use Resene FX Paint Effects Medium in a darker or lighter variation of your main colour to add an extra wash of tonal colour. Apply Resene Concrete Clear as an optional final coat for easier cleaning.

More Resene colours to try (left to right): Resene Athena, Resene Springtime, Resene Creme De La Creme.

Project by: Nikki Kettle. Photography by: Anna Briggs.

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