Trial Run: Microwave in the Pantry

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 7, 2014 — 2 Comments

My kitchen has come a long way so far this year, but the microwave on the counter was still bugging me. I felt like it was one of the last few details that kept the kitchen from feeling really updated, plus it was in the way of where I wanted to hang my stemware rack (wine glass storage = very important).

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After adding some racks to the back of the pantry doors and using some scrap plywood to create a half-shelf to help with food storage I was able to clear out an entire full-size shelf right at eye level for the microwave (well, normal eye level. It’s slightly above my super-short gaze). I’d originally planned to put it on a lower shelf but that was a dumb idea. This is better.

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It’s got plenty of room to vent at the back and sides and the door is able to swing freely without any drama.

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I didn’t want to commit by wiring an outlet there until we’d lived with it for a while to be sure we liked it, so in the meantime it’s powered by an extension cord running to the adjacent laundry room. It’s not the classiest thing ever but worth it to do a trial run. Plus I need to save up a little for an electrician.

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The hardest part is remembering to actually close the pantry doors after we’re done with it so that the nice open counter isn’t cancelled out by open doors cluttering the kitchen. It doesn’t help that the door on the left now completely refuses to close. After snapping these photos I wised up and moved the extension cord to that side so that at least the right door could close, but I’m going to have to do something about this situation. I think that the problem is that I installed one of the hinges too tightly, but who knows. I may replace them all with adjustable hinges, but apparently hinges are more complicated than I thought and I don’t understand enough about them to select the right product (how do I figure out the size of my overlay???). But that’s another post for another day. Also on my to do list is creating some order to that shelf storing Jack’s sippy cups and accoutrements. I’m thinking maybe some bins that are open in the front? And while I’d originally planned to hang the pots and pans on a rack I’m now undecided about that as well. It’s funny how plans change as you go!

Thank y’all so much for all the birthday wishes. I had such a great day on Saturday that when I woke up Sunday morning I asked Nick if it could please be my birthday again. This might just have been the best birthday I’ve had in years!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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