March 3, 2014
by Ashlee Bartley
Okay, so yesterday I talked about my mission to get a new over the range microwave and I mentioned how Mac and I decided we could be Young House Love. Do you read their blog? They are DIYer’s who are renovating their third home and they do it all their self pretty much. It amazes me and inspires me all at the same time. You should check them out!
Anyways, since this is our first DIY project as a married couple I thought I should document it to look back on in the future.
Let’s get to it:
Ah, finally have my microwave in the back seat of my car. It wouldn’t fit in the trunk.
It’s home, it’s home! We got back to the house around 4:30pm and I was ready to get started. We unwrapped it and started reading the instructions. What in the world!! Why can’t they have really good pictures as directions!!??
We drug our stove out and ew, it was so nasty under there and not to mention the dried up food running down the sides of my stove. Next, we had to take the white hood range down from our old white stove. This was the point we realized we didn’t have an electrical socket in our top cabinets!!! I was practically freaking out at this point. I just knew we would have to hire an electrician and it would be weeks before my pretty little microwave would be hung up and working. BUT, but, my non-electrician husband with a little help from me (OKAY, this was totally my idea) decided we could cut a hole in the cabinet and pull the wires that connected to the hood range up through the wall and out the new hole, connecting to a new electrical socket.
Here’s the hole in the cabinet. This was the easiest part of the entire process.
And here is our finished socket! It doesn’t look very professional, but it works! And Mac did it in the dark with the only light of a flash light. I’m so proud! Next up was to cut a hole underneath the cabinet for the electric cord. Check out this video of Mac –
After bolting in the mount to the wall (didn’t get a picture of that), we hung the microwave and Mac screwed it in through the top cabinets. And guess what? It’s still hanging today!!!!!
I can’t stop looking at it! It just looks so good. I never thought I’d be so proud of a new microwave. #grownupstatus