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Our Microwave Died

Monday, July 15, 2013


Yes, it is true.  It died.  While losing our microwave isn't that big of a deal...it sort of is.  I've always wanted a hood instead of a microwave over the stove.  Apparently you aren't supposed to put a microwave over a gas stove according to code?


There are so many great looking hoods too.  That's something we don't say about microwaves :).


If the microwave comes down and is replaced with a hood, then the bead board back splash will either need to be re-worked OR my dream of taking the granite back splash down and installing tile might finally come true.  


If we do go with a hood, we still need a microwave and a place to put it. 



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I really like the idea of enclosing it in the cabinetry, but this cannot call for a complete kitchen makeover.  



I suppose if we do go back to the microwave above the stove scenario, we will opt for the stainless version this time.


AND, if we do go back to this scenario, that doesn't make me want to take down the granite back splash and bead board and replace it with tile any less.  

30 comments:

  1. Ah, it's a good thing because of all the possibilities, and a bad thing for all the same reasons! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    1. You have recently been through a kitchen remodel so you know all about this :)

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  2. oh darn, what a shame! ;) how exciting! :)

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  3. GREAT THING!!! I've been microwave free for six weeks now and I'm not going back. We've always lived in houses with built-in microwaves over the stove and our new house had one when we bought it but not when we closed (amongst almost everything else not bolted down). We ordered a range hood to replace that spot above the fridge and planned on buying a countertop microwave. Well, the hood is still on back order and we never bought a microwave. It took maybe five time to miss it and not I'll never use one again. It's really easy to heat food on the stove. And safer. Less toxins. We make bulk meals and freeze them and it's not a big deal at all to heat chili or tomato sauce or anything else on the stove top. Most of the kids food (like their instant oatmeal) is quicker to fix and heat on the stove top too. I totally advise against one!

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    1. This is great to hear - now if you can only convince my microwave loving boys. They love leftovers and use the microwave multiple times a day. I thought I could live without it until I went to heat my almond butter this morning and thaw my English muffin. Would LOVE to avoid it altogether!

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  4. It always amazes me how one small change creates an avalanche of possibilities. Love your inspiration pics. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  5. It's always something, isn't it! Well it looks as though you have a lot of great ideas in mind. Whatever road you choose I know it will be beautiful. My father in law doesn't own a microwave. I couldn't imagine living without one!

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    1. Thank you Brandi! I really wish we didn't rely on it as much as we do. If the family was on board we wouldn't even be talking about this ;).

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  6. We're smack dab in the middle of a kitchen gut and I desperately wanted a cabinet to hide the microwave in. Alas, our kitchen just isn't big enough, so we're goin' with the over-the-range one to make the most use out of our space. I think if you end up having to replace it, the stainless will make a big enough difference for you not to hate it as much. :)

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  7. I had the microwave under the counter in one of my homes, and I really, really liked it there. Good luck on your decision. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I'm not sure we could get away with no microwave in our house either. And actually I've always kind of liked the look of one over the stovetop (not that I wouldn't mind a nice hood, mind you, but they're usually sooo expensive). I also really like the look of a microwave inside the cabinetry (or like the Inspired Room's microwave in a pantry). Good luck with your choice!

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  9. Whichever way you go with the microwave please remove your backsplash so I can see how to do it without ruining the remaining counter! I need encouragement and instruction. :)

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    1. Oh gosh, I know! This scares us too Deborah! I know others have done it successfully which gives me hope.

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  10. My coffee maker died but I found a quick fix for that. I went to the Dollar Store and bought a Proctor-Silex for $12. It has no bells and whistles. I had gotten so 'over' the ever present bright light on the now-dead one and having just one button appealed to me. Three days. So far, so good. The coffee tastes the same.

    Do you think the microwave under the counter would be difficult to use. I do.

    Enjoy the planning.

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  11. I have the very same desire in moving my microwave and replacing it with a hood. Dream, dream, dream....

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  12. Good luck with your dilemma! Ours went out awhile back, and sad to say I couldn't wait to get it replaced, I re-heat my coffee all day long! :)

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  13. I hope you get a hood! They vent soooo much better than microwaves. And the concealed cabinet is brilliant. I've not seen those before. I hope you get your hood and your tile!

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  14. I love the idea of hiding it!! We are updating our kitchen from a wall microwave/oven unit to a double oven. We don't use the microwave that much so we debated on whether or not to even get another one but if we do, then I'll definitely hide it in the cabinets!

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  15. Our kitchen looks so similar to yours! That's too funny... we actually just replaced our white microwave with a stainless this past weekend! I would love a hood, though. That look is so beautiful! Now all that's left to go are the refridgerator, stove and oven for us!

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  16. So following along for this. We were very tempted to go hood. . . but just couldn't pull it off. You have me on the edge of my seat.

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  17. Oh wow, we just built our house and had no idea there was anything wrong about putting a microwave over a gas stove (which is what we did!), I'll have to look that up!

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    1. There is a minimum distance required to be between the microwave and stove top. It isn't that you cannot place a microwave above a gas stove. If yours was professionally installed it is most likely OK.

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  18. Oh...this could turn into a major kitchen redo...I see. But...I vote that you must do the hood. You will never be happy unless you go ahead and do it. You will always look at it and wish you had when you had the chance. If it were me...I'd rather live with the microwave on the counter or on a stand than have it over the stove. The hood as you know creates a focal point in the kitchen. How could you pass that opportunity up? Do the hood and do the tile if at all possible and worry about the microwave later. Mine sits in an open shelf above the oven. I never thought about doors over it...that would be nice because it is an eyesore.

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    1. Oh Nita, just when I was all set to go with a microwave. You are right about a hood being a nice focal point in a kitchen. I agree completely!

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  19. I had a microwave just like yours over my stove. I always hated it. The fan on it never really did pull out the steam from cooking pots. So, we took it out and put a hood in. I've never been happier. I'm lucky because I have a corner in my kitchen that no one can see and that's where I put my new, much smaller microwave. I debated about even buying one, but I did and rarely use it. I have black granite tile (12x12) on my countertops, and slate tile on the backsplash. I bought those sheets of 2x2 black granite and put those up where the microwave was and used the black granite pencil tile to surround it and it looks really nice. Good luck. It's scary because one little step like this can turn into a major redo if you aren't careful!!! :)

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  20. I wouldn't want to be without a hood over our stove. It's important for directing cooking odors, steam and grease out of the house. I vote for a hood and a tile backsplash. I can see how the death of one little microwave could turn into a total kitchen remodel!
    Claudia

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  21. Love the oval island on the animal skin rug! I saw that it was from Nestegg. Such a beautiful little jewel in the kitchen!

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  22. This is slightly off topic but we've never had a microwave. As a kid, my mom bought one of the very first ones and I think that's why I never wanted one as an adult. It was so novel at the time that our neighborhood friends used to gather around it w/us, faces pressed up to the screen, and watch slices of cheese bubble and pop.

    Hope all goes well w/your choice - I'm sure whatever you decide it will look great.

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  23. We moved the microwave in our kitchen and put a hood over our range and I swear that one thing made our kitchen look so much bigger! I've never regretted that decision. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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