Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I Love My Microwave!

2nd post in almost a month...guess I am getting better! Thanks for hanging in there with me. So many of you have emailed or commented that I should just post when I can. I think I will do just that!

Our microwave bit the dust...It died about 4 years ago and Mr. Creative revived it with some fancy rewiring (Don't try that at home)! Being frugal we at least got another 4 years out of it. By the end, you were lucky if you got a half bag of popcorn! You can see it there on a baker's rack at the end of the cabinets. This was a shot from when I remodeled my kitchen on a budget last November. Read more of my kitchen reveal HERE.

I have always wanted an over the stove microwave. Get that thing off of the counter! They are rather expensive and being budget minded, I turned to my favorite store...Craigslist! Found one for $100 but got him down to $75. I thought nothing to it. Take down this ugly ventless hood, hang the new microwave and plug it in, right? WRONG... This exhaust fan was hardwired!


This is what my kitchen looked like for a week! Drove me crazy but I had patience on the outside. Mr. Creative was fighting a cold so he was moving slower than usual which is already slow but accurate!

Holes had to be drilled to screw into the top of the cabinet, brackets had to be measured and attached, outlets had to be cut out and installed! While he was doing that, I was cleaning the new to me microwave with  a toothbrush and 409 or Dawn. It wasn't very greasy but I wanted it to be my dirt and not someone else's dirt!

(You can see my pretty wallpaper from when we built the house in 1995!)

Good thing Mr. Creative is full of so many skills! Finally, a week later it was in! However, the mess it left behind took me a few hours to clean up! So now my kitchen is all clean!

Doesn't she look great??  We forgot how well a real microwave can work! Probably why we never used it much!

It has been a year since I painted the cabinets, counters and backsplash. They are holding up pretty well!

Mr. Creative promises to get the ceiling trim up before Thanksgiving this year. He is a busy guy and hunting season is just around the corner. Last year I remodeled the kitchen while he was gone. This year, I think I am going to work on the master bedroom!

I am linking up to A Bowl Full of Lemons for one project at a time party! 

Also at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday!


Linking to Hookin Up with HOH!


Thank you for stopping by and I hope to post a few more projects that I have been working on in the upcoming weeks!



  1. AWESOME! Nice to have a handy man around Bonnie, it looks great!

  2. Looks great. My daughter's is like that, too.

  3. I remember finding you last year when you were redoing that kitchen. It still looks great- you did a wonderful job on it. I had that same microwaver over my stove in my last house and loved it. I'm sure you will, too.

    Post when you can because it is always fun to hear from you. I can't wait to see what your bedroom redo looks like. I'll bet your hubby is afraid to leave home! xo Diana

  4. It looks great! We have ours set up over the stove as well and I love it. So now you need to post about what cute stuff you put in its place on the baker's rack:)

  5. I've always wanted one of those as well. How fortunate you found one for such a great price; and how fortunate to have a clever husband. Enjoy!

  6. You go girl!! I love how it looks and I still just love love love your kitchen. I bet it is a whole new world with the microwave working correctly! I think we had the same wallpaper! Have a great week!

  7. Your kitchen looks fabulous! We did the same thing a few years ago. Ours was hardwired too, with an outlet inside the upper cupboard. Our cabinet was too low, so hubby had to shorten it before he could install the microwave.


I know how busy you are and appreciate that you are taking the time to leave me a comment! God Bless! Bonnie


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