How to Paint a Range Hood

If you are like me, you may have asked yourself ‘Is it possible to paint my vent hood?’

I recently updated all my appliances from stainless steel, to white. However, because of my cabinet situation, I wasn’t finding anything that would fit quite right that I loved. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a new vent that was just ‘meh’, I decided to find out if I could spray paint my vent hood black.

Sure enough, it’s actually quite possible, (and easy) to paint your vent hood! I was able to paint mine in an afternoon and even have it reinstalled again after a couple of hours.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know for your own range hood makeover.


While I took my vent hood down, it is possible to paint a hood while it’s still installed. If you do, make sure you turn off the breaker connected to your vent so you don’t risk an electric shock. Since I’d be using spray paint, it was just easier to take it down.


Once my vent was in the garage, I did a thorough cleaning with warm soapy water, and let it dry completely. When the hood had dried, I taped off the bits I didn’t want painted with painters tape, and using an exacto knife, cut carefully around each knob so the painters tape covered it precisely.


It is recommended to use High Heat Appliance Paint for your vent hood, and I’ll link that here. I talked to quite a few people who used regular paint for metal and said it worked just as well, so I went with that option because I had that lying around. If a day comes when it malfunctions, I’ll come back and edit this blog post to let you know!


I used THIS paint primer meant for metal, and it went on SUPER smooth and easy. The recommended wait time before recoating was around 30 minutes, so after the first coat dried, I came in with my black spray paint and gave the vent hood four thin coats to cover completely. Each spray paint may have different recommendations of application, so make sure you read the instructions carefully.


One mistake I made was spraying one of the coats too thick, which caused the paint to drip on one side. It’s much better to do multiple thin coats then one thick coat.

We were able to reinstall our newly painted vent hood an hour after I applied the final coat. It’s recommended to let the paint on the vent hood dry 24-48 hours before you use it.


Look how great my spray painted black vent hood turned out!. Such a simple DIY, and WHAT an impact in my kitchen.


Great to know with just a little effort, it is absolutely possible to give your range hood a color makeover after all!

I want to hear from you, would you ever paint your range hood? Drop me any comments or questions below!



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