Black and White Switched Shelf

So – I took the shelf down, spray painted it and put it back up. The shelf is made from pallet wood, so the boards are quite rough. The texture held the black paint adding additional shadows which I like! It still needed something though. It looked too aloof and didn’t tie into the microwave shelf so I decided to paint a black stencil border along the front.

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Then I decided I needed to add the same border in the white to the microwave shelf.

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Here it is all put together.

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And the before and after…

White Shelf with stencil

I do think the shelves play nicer with the black and white stove now!

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Faux Stove Hood Look, Sort of

In an attempt to make the oven/stovetop/microwave look more substantial as one piece, I added a shelf above them and painted it black. My first thought was that it would look somewhat like a stove hood, but it really doesn’t work because of the upper cabinets so it is more of a “faux” stove hood look. That is a little stretch, but I’m sticking with the theory behind it!

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It has sort of a heavy look so I’m not sure if I like it or not. The other option would be to paint it white to match the stove. Here is a touched up photo – what do you think?

White Soffit Shelf

And a side-by-side

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Looking at this makes me think that I should change it to white. Maybe I could spray the white over it and sand down to some of the black, giving it a little bit of an aged, multi-tone look?!

Okay, so I’m off to stand on a chair and take it down and paint!

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Microwave Shelf Update

When we first moved in this house, the previous owners had left behind this monstrosity of a combination oven/stove/microwave. It was one piece and had to be about 30 years old! We got rid of that because we had bought my husband’s grandma’s oven/stove when we got married and we also had our own microwave. Because the monstrosity left a large area above the stove, we decided to hang a shelf to put the microwave on.

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We ended up using threaded rod, washers and nuts to make the shelf, which is just a rectangle of wood that fits the area. We drilled 4 holes in the cabinets above the microwave and 4 corresponding holes through the shelf. We cut the threaded rod to the length that we needed, used washers and nuts to tighten the rod to the upper cabinets and underneath the shelf. We covered the threaded rod with some metal tubing and I painted it the same color as the wall.

This set up has served me very well over the years – we added a light to the bottom of the shelf a few years after we moved here which I use all the time when I am cooking or even using the mixer, which is right next to the stove.

Well, it doesn’t look pretty and I always told myself that I would add a front edge to hide the light, but it has just not happened!

Until now….

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I added a face board underneath and also added some brackets that I scored at GW awhile back. I painted the under boards, brackets and the metal rods black. I then distressed the edges. Right now, I left the top of the board as stained and poly’ed. It sort of matches the microwave with it’s wood-look sides and black front. That is what I’m telling myself, but I think it has more to do with it being a 2 person job to move the microwave and hubby has been busy!

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If you look closely – you can probably find a few more changes. My messy paper plate basket is now painted black so it fades into the background. I also added some black “tiles” to my backsplash to help tie everything in together. It also helps to hide the back microwave cord that hangs down to the outlet.

This shelf has no holes in the wall, I even just added the brackets to the bottom of the shelf so until I get a new built-in microwave someday, I’m content with this!

I’ll show you the shelf I added to the soffit above this next.

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