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.
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!
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!
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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