Due to a series of unfortunate events, we had the opportunity last year to change some things in our kitchens. The first thing on my opportunity list was to free up some countertop space by getting a microwave drawer. There are a few things you need to know if you are considering buying one and want to do it right.
Here are some tips on adding a microwave drawer to your kitchen so you can be happy with your choice for years to come.
Measure the space available for the microwave drawer before purchasing to make sure it will fit into your kitchen.
You don’t want to buy a microwave drawer only to find out that it won’t fit. Measure the width of your space, as well as its height and depth. Having this information at hand before you go shopping will help ensure that you get what you need. In our case, we were getting cabinet bases built so the carpenter used the manufacturer’s specifications to build a custom cabinet.
Consider the wattage of the microwave drawer.
Firstly to ensure it is powerful enough to cook your food properly. Also, most microwave drawers have to be on their own circuit, which may require additional wiring that would need to be completed by a licensed electrician.
Under-counter microwave ovens can be installed in a kitchen where there is adequate space.
If you are installing a microwave drawer, make sure there is adequate clearance at the top of your cabinet. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for minimal placement guidelines.
Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Naval 6244
The microwave drawer may seem like a luxury item, but it really can help to save you space. If you have the counter space and storage, it’s worth considering. Definitely give it a try if you are growing tired of your current kitchen setup! Be Well-Omniley
Greetings. Can you believe it’s almost August? I surely can’t…This year has been eventful, to say the least. I got so many requests and comments on the Instagram post of my kitchen window makeover that I decided to go more in detail on the project. If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know I’m an avid DIYer; not just because it saves us money, but I’m also somewhat of a control freak. We have dealt with numerous contractors since the purchase of our home, and every project seemed to have its own ups and downs. For that reason, I always try to do any project myself.
I remember when I did my 1st viewing of our home, the realtors and I were so impressed with all the natural lighting that came through the house. Well fast forward… little did I connect all the dots–natural lighting, windows, electricity cost, and the window treatments cost. I recall vividly getting my first estimate for window treatments for our living rooms; it was ~$5000, and I thought immediately I was in the wrong field of work. Now, if that was all that I needed to do I probably would have taken the deal, but will all the windows I wanted to cover I set out on a mission to make my own window treatments.
Our kitchen window treatment was one of the eyesores on the list of windows to redo. It still had the original 1979 window blinds from when our home was built. How do I know??? The owners left us the original house plans along with a box of files, and the receipt to the blinds was in it. This window was high on my list to revamp, but unfortunately, it took me almost 4 years to tackle.
Designer Tip: For a window larger than 48” wide, I would opt for multiple Roman shades.
Here’s to another project down during COVID-19. Follow below to see the work and transformation. What project will I tackle next? Please follow along with me see by subscribing to my newsletter or channels (@omniley).