Fall 2023 ORC Week 5: DIY Fluted Trim

Here’s where we are in the One Room Challenge kitchen renovation. If you want to catch up, I suggest at least reading my Week 4 post, where I left off with backsplash complete and the above-range microwave replaced by upper cabinets that would house the vent hood insert. I knew the cabinet vent hood needed some trim, but a plain craftsman trim wasn’t going to cut it. If I wanted character, I needed to work for it. Enter my DIY fluted trim!

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Inspiration for Fluted Trim in Kitchens

When deciding on what to do with the vent hood, I considered a plaster range hood (I built one in my last house). I also considered a tiled one. I’ve seen some great tiled hoods, but this tends to work better with zellige or other shiny tiles. Travertine tile might be stretching it. Therefore I was left with millwork.

Fluted (or reeded as it’s also called) cabinetry and furniture has been on the rise lately. I’m not one to jump on a trend right away, but I thought I’d dabble with a piece of trim. The range hood is the centerpiece of most kitchens, including this one, so it was the perfect place to showcase this type of accent.

How to DIY Fluted Trim / Reeded Trim

Materials

Here’s everything I used for this project:

  • Nail gun / brad nailer with 1 inch nails
  • Construction adhesive (wood glue is good too)
  • Half rounds
  • 1×1.5 inch wood cut to 30 inch strips (length of the cabinets)
  • 1×4 inch wood cut to 30 inches
  • Caulk
  • Any type of sponge
  • Paint matched to kitchen cabinets

Step-By-Step

Step One: I built a craftsman trim piece with the 1×4″, then the 1×1.5″ for the edges using construction adhesive (wood glue works too). I secure the piece with a nailgun and 3/4″ nails.

Step Two: I used 1/2″ wide half rounds (you can easily find these at Lowes or Home Depot) and hand cut them (with my mitre box) to the height of the trim. In my case, this was 3.5″ high. This took longer than I thought it would. Getting the pieces the exact same length is tough and even with a chop saw, it probably would not have made a difference. This is still manual after all, not factory cut!

Step Three: Then I used the adhesive again to place them within the trim, with no spacers between. Another tricky task because as I placed them I noticed some pieces were too long or short and I had to re-cut.

Step Four: Because each little flute was cut by hand, I had to fill in the gaps with caulk. I cut off a tiny piece of sponge, wet it with water and made sure each little nook and cranny looked smooth.

Step Five: Painting. This was also finished with the tiny sponge.

Step Six: Nail it up! This is easier if done before your vent hood / cabinet is screwed into the wall. However, it’s possible if you’re flexible to retrofit it instead… Like I had to.

Fluted trim white cabinet range hood

All-in-all I’ll say this DIY fluted trim project was harder than I thought and took roughly four hours altogether when I thought it might be two. Happy with the result though!

Next week I’m tackling the kitchen island so don’t miss it. See you next week!

ORC Checklist & Progress So Far

  • New range
  • Add cabinet hardware
  • Replace laminate countertops with espresso butcher block
  • Replace backsplash and bring it to the ceiling
  • Swap out microwave for DIY range hood with fluted trim
  • New faucet
  • Paint island green (recently added to wishlist)
  • Add island molding (recently added to wishlist)
  • Install vertical panelling on surrounding walls (nixed this idea)
  • New countertop/built-in microwave
  • Incorporate open shelving
  • Sconces?
  • Gallery rail above cabinets

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