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All Good Under the Range Hood

2013 June 12
by Becky

**See more kitchen renovation posts hereherehere, and here

While I was off spending some quality time with Erika, Jeff, and AJ, things were progressing in the kitchen.

Stainless Range Hood Subway Tile @ Preparing for Peanut

This hood was quite possibly the most frustrating part of our little kitchen project here. Not the 90 s.f. of tile, ordering a range hood was the thing that kept me up at night. Go figure.

I never thought buying a hood would be an inexpensive feat, but I didn’t think it would completely break our budget either! Well, after weeks of research I was coming up with a minimum of $650 investment due to our ceiling issue. Since ours are 10 feet tall, it meant we’d need a chimney extension to reach them. I had trouble finding the extensions in the first place, THEN found out some of them were almost as much as the hoods! Puke.

But this one kept coming up on my searches.


Not possible, right? After seeing $350, $450, all the way up to $1500 home range hoods I was baffled by this offer on Amazon. How? Wha? And the most incredible part was the list of reviews. ALL good. I decided to email Z Line for help finding an extension as my searched weren’t coming up with one. I figured this would tell me something about their customer service.

Not more than a day later I got a response. A very helpful customer service person said they were all out of stock on the chimney extensions for this perticular hood, but would I consider buying the following at the same price? If so, they had an extension for it and would sending everything out the next day.


I about fell over. I liked the more expensive hood even more than the original one (it has a slightly different detail at the base) and it was clearly a nicer hood. AND the extension was only $99! About $200 cheaper than any other chimney extension I’d found elsewhere.


Z Line also recommended purchasing a couple charcoal filters since I planned to just recirculate air, not vent to the outside (something to consider when buying a hood…they are not all convertible like this one and drilling through a brick wall to do a vent is a significant project). At $20 for two, it was a good idea.

Charcole-FiltersI immediately placed my order and two days later, enormous boxes arrived at my front door. Luckily our contractor arrived right after to help me haul them inside. We unpacked them and checked out the goods. This hood was a BEAST! So heavy John would not be able to mount it on his own. So he suggested we reinforce the wall before I completed tiling, to make sure this hood would be extra secure.

We measured 36″ above the stove (the manufacturer maximum recommended distance) and John cut a hold in the drywall to mount a 2×6 between the studs. It was all done in a matter of minutes…so glad I wasn’t in charge of this chore. We didn’t even clean up the wall, I just tiled right over.

Mounting Range Hood Subway Tile @ Preparing for Peanut

It took John and Stu together to mount the hood over the weekend. They also ended up cutting down the chimney extension a little as it ended up being a tiny bit too tall (which required an inexpensive special saw blade to cut stainless steel). When I arrived home late Sunday night, Stu had the hood lights shining and the kitchen cleaned up…it was a glorious sight.

Mounting Range Hood Subway Tile @ Preparing for Peanut

John said it was the nicest budget-friendly hood he’d ever seen. We can’t get over how substantial it is! The grates, filters that snap on inside, and there’s even a grease trap—no clue how that even works! And, if we change our minds in the future, we can vent the hood to the outside, though I don’t know why we would. This isn’t a professional kitchen!

Another very quick update we made, right next to the hood, is this beautiful faucet. It’s the same one we had at our Maplewood house but I forgot how awesome it is. Great water pressure, reaches the whole sink, and looks fantastic. It’s a knock off from Overstock, but you’d never know it.

Kitchen Remodel @ Preparing for Peanut
So that’s our progress to date! I have lots of grouting to do…not looking forward to it. All I’ve done it the area behind the hood so we could get it hung and just that area made a huge mess and took forever. I think I’ll be taking advantage of the grandparent’s visit (starting tomorrow) to get the rest done. Stu promises to help but we shall see…

Stainless Range Hood on Subway Tile with Grey Grout @ Preparing for Peanut

Lots of people are curious about how our custom floating shelves came together so I’ll be back with the deets as soon as I get the material list together. I can’t take any credit for them other than the idea, our contractor made them for us, which eliminated several failed attempts and ten trips to the hardware store (not to mention the inevitable heated words) that would have been involved had we mad them ourselves.

We’ve also got some pretty cool lighting to add in the room. Some will go under the floating shelves, the rest will be suspended between the stove wall and the opposite wall…think industrial and “bare”. I’ll also be changing some knobs, probably painting the island base, and of course working on the pops of color with curtains/shades, a piece of art or two, and arrangement of dishes (the dishes on the shelves are just temporarily placed to get them off my dining room table).

Let’s do another before and after…just for kicks



You maybe wondering where we stuck our microwave. See that hidden corner by the fridge? It’s back there. We bought a smaller one at Target after selling our over-the-stove guy. Since it’s stuck back on a section of counter we’d never use anyway, we don’t mind it being there. Maybe some day we’ll hide it in a cabinet.


12 Responses
  1. June 12, 2013

    Wow!! Looks great! It really makes me want to get going on our kitchen. I have so many ideas, just don’t have the motivation.

    • Becky permalink*
      June 12, 2013

      Well if tile is involved, motivation is the name of the game. You can do it!

  2. June 12, 2013

    Kitchen lust. There I said it.
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    • Becky permalink*
      June 12, 2013

      Aww you are too sweet!

  3. Jessica permalink
    June 12, 2013

    Your kitchen looks amazing Becky!

    • Becky permalink*
      June 12, 2013

      Thank you!! I’m loving it.

  4. March 10, 2014

    The range hood is such important appliance of our kitchen that provide as pure air and discard the spoiled air and smoke out of the kitchen . The designs you shared above are lovely .
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  5. December 9, 2014

    Hi Becky,
    I’ve been trying to research ZLine hoods and came across your blog post on the kitchen renovation. I’m opening a hands-on cooking school and will be buying 5 island mount hoods. As you noted, hoods can practically be more than the range (especially for island mount hoods).

    Now that the hood has been in use for a year and a half, how do you feel about its performance?
    It sounds like their customer service in the purchase phase was great.

    Any and all feedback you can provide would be most appreciative.


    • Becky permalink*
      December 27, 2014

      Sorry Darin, been behind due to the holidays and new baby! We LOVE our range hood. It looks fantastic and kept our kitchen reno under budget. Their customer service is also fantastic. It was especially helpful that they worked with us on the extended chimney, that was going to double our cost anywhere else. I’m not using it in a professional manner, it’s mostly for looks, but we do use it and it seems to work well. It also cleans up well, a little polishing and it’s brand new.

  6. January 11, 2019

    Your kitchen decotration is awesome and looks amazing becky.

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