Microwave in the Island! (Finally!)
Hey all! Welcome to the weekend! I had to share this quick project with you because it means I'm completely done with the island makeover! I was pretty much there back in February when I shared the nearly completed project, but we've had an open spot at the end waiting for the microwave since then.
Well now that we've taken the old one and some of the cabinets down, it was time to finally finish up the island! I'm so thrilled about this, I can't even tell you. Love it.
I showed you how I extended the island and I was left with this open space at the end:
You'll notice my supports didn't go all the way to the back. I made the shelf a few inches short in the back to allow for some air flow. Otherwise I'd normally add a support to the back too.
Next I placed the shelf on top:
You've got yourself a shelf!:
I added the trim to the front to finish it off. This is why I had to be careful where I placed the supports -- too far front and the trim would stick out. Too far back and it wouldn't be flush:
There is plenty of space behind the microwave for ventilation and some on the sides as well. I did a lot of research on placing a regular microwave in an island -- I went ahead because I've seen it done a million times and have a few friends who did it as well. They've had no problems at all. I would definitely recommend doing what I did with the shorter shelf or adding ventilation of some kind though:
So far I LOVE it here. It is so nice to not have it as the focal point in our kitchen. It's been easy to use, it just takes some getting used to. We don't really have to bend down too much to get stuff in and out and we're tall. We bend down much more often to get things out of kitchen cabinets every day. I already love that I can put hot items right on the island instead of trying to get them safely down from over the oven.
If you have small kiddos you may want to make sure there is a lock feature if you do this. :)
I will definitely keep you updated on how we like it! I am pretty sure I will love it. I know I love how this gets it out of the way:
Here's the end during the process. I used cheaper plywood for this part because I knew we wouldn't see much of the inside when I was done: