In the tutorial, they cut the front part of the metal hood off so that you could still access the light and fan switch. Eric wouldn't do that for fear of sliced hands so he rewired the switches and put them up in the cabinet, right in front of the cookbooks. How awesome is that?! We also added some shelves for storage of spices, baking goods, and cookbooks. Much appreciated in a small kitchen like we have.
We did buy a new vent hood. I bought the cheapest one I could find at $30. The hood is actually made of MDF and it along with the trim it was in the scrap bin for a couple of dollars!
What do you think? Better, worse, I've got too much time on my hands, or I have an awesome husband that goes along with my crazy ideas?