As I alluded to on Monday, I”ve been in desperate need of motivation to get my kitchen back in order after the flooring was installed. To be honest, I’ve been dreading all the detail work. There is a lot of painting involved, and as much as I love painting, this is the tedious, don’t-drip-it-on-the-new-floor type of painting. I also want to replace the window in this space (not shown) and fix the molding around it. Not an easy task since the molding is almost 100 years old. Anyway, I told myself, enough complaining and procrastinating. It’s time to dive in. The first step is the hardest, right?
You may remember that I had a built-in bench in this spot. Once the the bench was gone, I wanted a cabinet to take its place. For months I looked for something vintage, but had no luck.
Then, like a beam of light from above, I spotted this amazing cabinet at World Market. The size is perfect, and I love the metal frame and the shutter doors which add texture and warmth. Sold.
The main purpose of the cabinet is to house my microwave. For the past four years, my microwave sat on my refrigerator and looked like a hot mess. I couldn’t take it anymore. In fact, I gave my old microwave away in January and have been without one since then. It hasn’t been as bad as I thought.
Anyway, this cabinet had a solid back. So, I used a spade / paddle bit the size of a microwave plug to cut a hole in the back of the cabinet. I measured and centered the hole to make sure it was just above the top of the interior shelf. Easy as pie.
After plugging in my new microwave and closing the doors, I added a lamp and some accessories. I don’t use the microwave that often so having it inside a cabinet works fine for me. I also don’t have extra counter space or shelf space, so this option suited me best. I even have a place at the bottom of the cabinet to store other appliances, cookbooks, etc.
Another bonus for me: I now have another surface to decorate with colorful accessories and plants. I think that’s my favorite part!
I’m just so happy I stumbled across this cabinet. The quality is fantastic and the style is perfect in my kitchen. (The Girl in the Kitchen cookbook is amazing by the way. Remember I met Stephanie in Chicago?)
I’m always nervous about ordering such big pieces of furniture online. Thankfully, everything went off without a hitch.
Now I’m off to warm up my lunch (a piece of sun-dried tomato focaccia) in my new microwave. What do you think of my microwave’s new home?