Metal Fireplace Hood
Build your fireplace hood using luan or other thin plywood
as facing. Cut out shapes from sheets of styrofoam or thick
cardboard that you would like to appear as raised portions
on the finished fireplace (for our production of I
Hate Hamlet, we used diamonds and fleur-de-lys shapes,
and for extra flair, added a molded coat of arms). Glue
the shapes in the appropriate places on the hood facing
using Liquid Nails (available at most hardware stores).
Cover the entire hood with heavy-duty aluminum foil by stapling
a strip at the top and smoothing it down to the bottom.
Pay special attention to molding the aluminum foil over
the glued-on shapes so that they are fairly well defined.
Staple down along the side of each foil strip as needed
to keep it from peeling back. Fold the bottom edge of the
aluminum foil strip under the lip of the fireplace and staple
on the back side. Repeat until the entire hood is covered
with foil. Paint the foil with flat black latex paint. Don't
worry about getting an even coat - you want it to look somewhat
streaky. When dry, use a wet sponge to rub the paint off the raised portions only. The aluminum
foil will shine through where you've rubbed, and the rest
will look tarnished. You can see an example of it in the video on this page.
-- Chris Polo
The show was Bus Stop. We needed a range hood
over a grill in Grace's Diner. We tried luan, paint, tin
foil, etc., but nothing would give us that look of a well-used
We finally stumbled across some heavy cardboard-type matting
material that came in a variety of colors. There was a silver
color that looked burnished enough to give us the right
effect. It worked perfectly!
We also have used the same material for countertops, facing,
wall decor, etc. The best part is it's quite inexpensive,
and some framing galleries and hobby stores will either
give a non-profit a price break or flat-out donate it (Bless
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