1. becky up a hill
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:23 am

    This is easy peasy… put your everyday normal microwave in the garage with Paul.


    • Kathleen
      April 26, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

      I was going to say that. Therefore it is out of the way and he can use it to his heart’s content.


      • Marianne in Mo.
        April 26, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

        Good idea! Wish I’d thought of that. Hubs wanted one, we were short on counter space, I wanted it in the island, he said NO!!! We kinda compromised and got a very small one to put in the corner. I HATE IT!!! Still in the way, and I may use it once every 6 months, while he uses it almost daily. Waiting for it to die so I can come up with a new idea or convince him we don’t NEED one. I can heat stuff the old fashioned way – via stovetop or oven. I’d rather have a toaster oven than a microwave!
        For Victoria, I would hide it in a cabinet somewhere, maybe on the wall with the fridge, so she doesn’t have to have it in her sight line the majority of the time.


        • Tawnya
          April 26, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

          pssst… they make combination toaster oven / microwaves! I have one. It’s very large, just barely fits under the cabinets on the counter, but it’s also 15 years old.


    • Candace Ford
      April 26, 2018 @ 8:51 pm

      He can have a coffee pot there too. You might never see him again is the only down side!


    • pericolosa
      April 26, 2018 @ 9:02 pm



  2. Lauren
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    Put it in your pantry? (The one by the basement stairs)


    • Bleubook
      April 26, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

      Mine is in my pantry. I hate the look of microwaves.


  3. Sandy Mcallister
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:27 am

    Morning. I think Paul needs a little ole microwave for the garage


  4. Allie
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    The fact that there aren’t panel ready microwaves is absurd. Personally I like the tall cabinet pull out microwave option. Could Paul install the outlet in the cabinet? Good luck!


  5. shannon
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:31 am

    We don’t have a microwave and never miss it…I say toss the microwave and buy Paul an insulated mug. I also like Becky Up a Hill’s idea of sticking Paul and his microwave in the garage 🙂


  6. Asha
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:32 am

    They do make an oven and microwave combined! I have one and absolutely LOVE it. I do love to bake though, so I do have a regular convection oven for those days when I want to bake 3 pans of cookies at once. I have the GE Monogram Advatium Speedcooking Oven 240V. The 120V seemed to have a lot of negative reviews at the time when I got mine. It was the most expensive thing I put in my new kitchen and it was really scary because I didn’t know a single person that had one! But I don’t know what I would do without it now!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 26, 2018 @ 11:47 am


      via GIPHY


      • Marianne in Mo.
        April 26, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

        HAAAAAAA_HAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I snorted!!


      • Amber Schwarz
        April 26, 2018 @ 6:44 pm

        this gif is pure awesome! also I am dying from laughter!


      • Kim
        April 27, 2018 @ 3:42 am



    • Kimberly Bartlett
      April 26, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

      I’m looking at the Gaggenau speed oven . does the monogram Advantium speed oven really cook like a microwave?


      • Leanne
        April 26, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

        I have the Advantium and use the microwave 90% of the time and the convection only 10% (probably because I haven’t bothered to read the “how to” manual yet). It works great and is so convenient for heating on the quick many other things besides cups of coffee. However, I, like Paul, microwave my single cup of coffee about 23 times during the day. My husband says by the time I drink it, it is no longer coffee…
        (I also hit my mug in my zeal to reheat, sloshing followed by cussing thereby inventing my “heat, spill, cuss” chant for unwilling bystanders.)


    • Michelle
      April 26, 2018 @ 4:09 pm

      I have the 2-in-1 KitchenAid microwave/convection oven above standard oven. You can use the top one as a regular microwave for coffee etc, OR you can take out the microwave carousel and use both as ovens (for squash and kale chips). I love mine, a “double oven” makes me feel fancy.


  7. Kelly
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:33 am

    We turned a TV armoire into a food pantry and microwave cabinet. From the outside it looks like a pretty mahogany cabinet, the inside, the food and microwave hub.


  8. Emily
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:37 am

    We built a shelf in our pantry to hold all of the appliances that I forbid be on our actual kitchen. Best. Decision. Ever. Toaster, toaster oven (he claims we need both,) stand mixer, blender, spice rack…. all of that is on a beautiful shelf in the pantry, hidden behind a door. It’s amazing! I know this because friends come over and they’re jealous. We don’t drink coffee or that machine would be in the pantry as well!


    • Marianne in Mo.
      April 26, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

      My pantry is like a closet – actually, it IS a closet, in my laundry room, and not deep enough, or I would have done that too! I have a tiny kitchen and tiny laundry. Laundry room is 5-1/2′ x 7′, washer & dryer at one end, closet at the opposite, with door to garage across the door to the kitchen bisecting the room.


  9. Tina
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:37 am

    This thermos will change your husband’s life. We bought it more than five years ago and it is still going strong. My husband brews a 4 oz pot of coffee, pops it in this in the morning, and it will still be piping hot when we comes home after work at dinner time.


    • Kimberly Feuerstein
      April 27, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

      I was going to post the same thing. Best thermos ever. You can burn your tongue on your coffee eight hours later.


    April 26, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    duh……..give him a microwave in the garage! easy peezy!


  11. rs
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:40 am


    • Jeff
      April 26, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

      This was an experiment conducted by a high school student using two plants. TWO PLANTS! Come on.

      Microwave ovens are just another way to transfer energy. Don’t be afraid!


  12. Jodie Farrow
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    Hide in a cabinet! We did that…just electrify it from the inside.


  13. Kathi
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:43 am

    I cannot stop laughing. Same problems, you see. Kitchen in new to us Cottage fixer upper is, in essence, a one wall kitchen. Am now even contemplating a 24” range instead of standard 30”. Cannot abide M/W over stove top. Not enough space to even describe each aggravation. You continue to go at it before me, learning lots.


  14. Mo
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    Woman, you need this song skit in your life. Seriously. You’ll relate.

    Victoria, meet Rhett and Link. Boys, meet Victoria.



  15. Jennifer
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:50 am

    I’m with Shannon and Tina.


  16. Debra
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    You know my sister in law put a pantry/scullery in her home and it contains the sink, stove,fridge and dishwasher leaving her kitchen pristine. Say what!


    • C H
      April 26, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

      So…. what’s left to do in the kitchen? 🙂


  17. Joan S., Cleveland, OH
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:59 am

    I like that “garage-door” for the microwave and pull-down door that would hold cups, etc. Your piano idea is lovely.
    I put an antique “Asian” buffet below my hanging cabinets. Anything goes.
    p.s. I do wish you would allow me to “Pin” whichever photo I like, rather than only the one option.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 26, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

      hey, I don’t “restrict” pins… I used to use a paid-service that put a little pin-it button on everything, (the free ones slowed down my site a lot) but Pinterest offers the browser thing-y, (is that what you are using?) and I guess I figured I could give it up because it seemed like probably by now people had other ways of pinning… but maybe not?


  18. Red Ellie
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

    So many words. So much to consider. And so much wholehearted agreement with wishing for both boxes to be combined/work together. And I’m also not liking drawer micros.
    I “think” I don’t need one. I use my stove/oven for cookery. But then I challenged myself to count micro-encounters during the day.
    Used to reheat coffee. Used to cook frozen peas. Used for popcorn & the occasional potato. So. There we are. Except…I have to eliminate 78% of the V.E.B. issues because…I have a tiny galley kitchen with a laundry nook taking up space also. Pretty much a hideous layout with exceedingly few options-None of them beautiful or realistic. So I’m thinking I will have Him rip out the behemoth ghastly box that lives over my stove & replace with shiny tile & hood vent. (Yes. I Have read the vent tirade and loved every rant. But my tight crammed space & bad windows don’t allow any escape for smoke so I need something…)

    Then, I’m going to buy a tiny shiny micro that will sit quietly on the counter at the back of my laundry nook. We got gleaming front-loaders and bricked in the nook, added a pretty counter. Unless a visitor…or the Cook…wanders to the dead end of the kitchen to the nook, she won’t even know it’s there.


  19. Kay
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

    Of all your microwave pics (which show some very clever solutions to the microwave concealment problem), I chose the solution counting seventh up from the bottom microwave pic. It is located on the side of the island facing the stove, so is invisible to everyone, including me, unless I am looking for it.

    Unfortunately, your magnificent piano island makes this solution impossible. Therefore, I cannot help you. I too despise the microwave over the stove solution that 99% of the world has chosen and am very glad you are not considering it, because then I would be unable to enjoy the photos of your finally completed, glorious kitchen. Hiding it in a cabinet near the coffee maker would seem best. This is the advantage of a counter to ceiling cabinet that houses an appliance garage.


  20. Shelley Henley
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    Ok kitchen cabinet wild ass idea:
    Counter tops …you/already have as in repurposed slate
    Cupboards… buy ikea or such like flat packs for the structure and fit and mix and match ability (and Paul would just love the simplicity of an Allen key for a change) But do not buy matching doors!
    Cupboard doors… this is where you get creative .. it could take months or years to find gft doors but at least your cupboards are usable in the meantime

    Door/drawer front suggestions…
    – Ornate ( gft) picture frames with mirror inserts, or fabric inserts, or glass or whatever appeals to you
    – lots of very cheap 1930s-1950s dark wood display cabinets, with lead light glass doors, out there that could be repurposed as cupboard doors
    – also lots of very reasonably priced Victorian & Edwardian bedside cabinets in dark wood and also quite frequently with carving or scrollwork. Often a drawer and door combo on raised legs. Instead of having kick boards, Paul could build deep drawers at the base of each cabinet. Since you already have the countertops the table tops could be recycled as drawer fronts.

    Et cetera et cetera


  21. JeanFB
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

    I actually like the pictures you’ve shown of a sort of swing-up cabinet door that goes over the microwave… wish I had that! When this is all done we need to have a (virtual) party in your kitchen! (And I’m with you – the lady mirror is the boss!)


  22. Shelley Henley
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

    Also ref micro wave position I have found that waist height or lower chest height is the safest for hot food/container transfer, and monitoring. I hate microwaves at shoulder or head height .. so dangerous for spillage and just grasping and moving the hot containers.

    I’m sure you have your own preferences on this, but as a short person it is one of my kitchen bugbears.


  23. Patti Lapp
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

    When I remodeled my kitchen, I too was flummoxed as to microwave placement. Then I realized I only use it for reheating and I was mildly concerned as to health ramifications. Solution: no microwave. I do not miss it at all. My regular oven does just fine. As for Paul – buy him a really good thermos that keeps liquids hot.


  24. Shelley Henley
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

    And my friend has just moved to Paris for a few months and in her apartment is a combination oven/microwave. I assume it is an appliance common in small European apartments (just like 40-45cm wide washing machines are common in HongKong and Japan). Maybe you need to go to Paris for a holiday to buy your appliances?


  25. Shirley
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

    First, how much do you actually use you microwave?
    Are you willing to keep going out of your way to use it?

    AISI, hiding it in a cabinet seems to be the ideal solution. My personal fav is the one where the doors slide in at the sides. (I have a feature like that for other purposes, elsewhere.) My second choice would be the false front that flips up.


  26. AJ
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    oh my friend, I HEAR YOU! We just remodeled our kitchen and this was my conundrum for a good six months before we even started – we have lived without a microwave (very happily, I thought) for our entire six-year marriage, but my husband adores microwave popcorn (I don’t understand – I have even showed him how easy it is to make you own on the stove and he agrees it tastes better but still, stubbornly, prefers microwave) and his only request for the new kitchen was that it have a microwave. I could not figure out how to conceal it within the drawer/cabinet area, since we had space constraints. And FINALLY – I realized since we only needed it for popcorn, it could be very tiny (.7 cu. ft. Black and Decker EM720CPN-P is what I ended up buying), and I could just reserve a spot in the pantry for it. We had planned to do an “old-fashioned” pantry – basically a 3×4 closet with six U-shelves from floor to ceiling and double doors on the front (skinny ones). So I had the electrician put a plug in the pantry at the level of the shelf that would hold the microwave (around shoulder-height). We’v had it for about five months now and it is PERFECTION. The electrician thought we were crazy but once he saw it all together, he had to concede we have a point 🙂


  27. Rhonda
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    My microwave is in a little cubby in the island — a spot made specifically for it. It can’t be seen from the most important angles and I love that it is hidden, yet still readily available. And I spill my coffee just like Phil. It’s a curse, I think.


  28. Darling Lily
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

    You DO need to buy Paul an insulated mug, but not in exchange for the microwave. Just give it to him because you love him, and want him to be happy. They are a wondrous gift for coffee lovers. I got my husband one for his daily commute and 12 years later, he still raves about it. It would be delightful if your gift negated the need for the microwave, but that shouldn’t be your ulterior motive. Hi happiness should always be your motive, as yours is for him.

    Our microwave is in the garage, but our garage is attached to the house, and opens directly in to the Man Cave. We really do not want the god-genius who is Paul to have to trudge out to the garage 12 times every Saturday to reheat his coffee, and I suspect that the garage is stuffed full of GFTs anyway; no point in giving him any more reason to be out there questioning their validity.

    Could the microwave live with your washing machine? Or in the new shelving Paul put up while you were in NM? Or a bedroom somewhere? A microwave in the bedroom for popcorn making whilst snuggling during movie marathons is not a bad thing. Especially if there is also a mini fridge to keep the champagne cold.


  29. Tammy
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

    Only you and Paul can determine the level of your need for a full size oven. If it is rare that you would use one, like to roast a huge turkey for the holidays, then buy one of those big roasters for those times. Then get a simple combination microwave/convection oven that you can hide behind a cabinet door or in your pantry. We have a Sharp R-930AK with inside measurements 16″W x 16″D x 10″H, that works great for 95% of our heating/baking needs. A 13″ x 9″ pan will fit, as well as 2 round pans stacked using the racks included, and could even roast a smaller turkey. It also has a broil function. Ours was made in 1997 and still going strong! When it eventually dies, we will most definitely get another, possibly like this one: http://m.sharpusa.com/ForHome/HomeAppliances/Microwaves/Models/SMC1585BS.aspx


    • pericolosa
      April 26, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

      I have one of these Sharp combination micro/convection ovens too. Just soooo soooo awesome.


  30. Char
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    Miele makes a “speed” oven that is a regular, convection and microwave. Expensive and wish I didn’t do it. I also have a small microwave made by whirlpool that tucks into a corner. It’s rounded in the back so it snugs in nicely. I use it mainly for heating my coffee, small popcorn or melting butter and occasionally thawing something I forgot to set out. It’s taller but not as deep as most so also fits well on a narrow counter out of site. And it’s only $99!!


  31. Kymberly
    April 26, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    How about cutting out the middle man / middle spill and installing it in the garage?


  32. Lora
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    I recommend getting rid of the radioactive microwave (which isn’t doing his nether regions any good) and get him a cup warmer to put in the garage to keep the damn cup of coffee, which was made in the conventional way, hot. There are work arounds for microwaves. Something else for you to research. You’re welcome.


  33. Dana
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    Not only did the video have an ad, it was an ad for pork. Not only was it an ad for pork, but it skipped and repeated itself several times.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 26, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

      I stopped paying to host videos (ad-free) because expenses/priorities/NOT wanting to write sponsored content… but having pork is definitely not a solution.

      Thank you for letting me know.


  34. Anne Elise
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:23 pm

    I get your dilemma. I missed out on your love for GFTs (just as well, as I don’t have a “Paul”), but hate micros over ovens and pretty much any extraneous kitchen appliance.

    My solution for a tiny galley kitchen? Rip out everything, tile the back wall and install vent hood over the range (induction! loved it!) and one open shelf, and installed a cabinet with a pull down accordion door with an outlet inside the cabinet. ALL my appliances lived there, including a very old very tiny microwave that took me forever to source because it had to fit inside this cabinet. (Why don’t they make very small microwaves anymore? I do not know, but would like an answer.) When the door was down, you saw nothing; when the door was up, I had easy access to my blender, food processor, coffee equipment, and microwave. No lip, no door waving around, simple and clean.

    I did use upper cabinets, since I couldn’t do without the storage, but mounted horizontal short but wide(15″H x 36″W) cabinets with doors that swing up, not out. Best idea ever.

    I would send you pictures, but I am not technologically sophisticated enough to insert a photo into this post.

    I used Ikea cabinets; unfortunately, they’ve discontinued the cabinet with accordion door.


  35. Celeste
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

    I solved this by not having a microwave. I know this would not work for everyone. I just hate them.


  36. C H
    April 26, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to a brand-new problem I did not even know I had—along with so many wonderful inspiration photos to help solve it.

    All this time I’ve had my microwave out on the counter FOR ALL TO SEE! It never occurred to me that this too could be hidden, and now I am obsessed by making this happen—post-haste!


  37. Dephine
    April 26, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    I ran into the same problem in my tiny kitchen. I need the counter space but hate how microwaves look. I ended up taking the easy way out with a hood/microwave combo. I hate it but no there options for me. We use ours more than the regular oven so it’s a necessity. If money had been no option, I would have opted for the oven/microwave combo option and gotten rid of the ugly box for sure. You would think that after making cabinet fronts for every other appliance in the kitchen, they would consider adding microwaves. Paul is creative, have him make you a custom cover!


  38. Chris
    April 26, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    You should have a convection/microwave oven – you probably are aware that microwave ovens aren’t necessarily the best choice for cooking food. At least this way you will have options if you ever decide not to use a Microwave ove.


  39. Robyn
    April 26, 2018 @ 2:18 pm

    I am a lover of all things fancy, unfortunately my life also dictates that I must be practical (SOMETIMES) I have my microwave in a tall pantry so I don’t have to look at the ugly thing when I shut the doors. I used 2 of the 3 pantries for appliance garages and had an electrician come in and add plugs. I really do love this solution the best, its functioned well and because its chest height (visibility) it stays cleaner.


  40. Cenepk10
    April 26, 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    That microwave coming out of the side of the cabinet rocks my world. I agree. Those kitchen appliance designers need to step it up. Mine is over the stove- After all the tchotchkes are in place- No one even notices. But – not exactly my 1st choice either. One thing is certain-I’m not crawling around on the floor to reheat my coffee or squash ! Needs to be at eye level and CERTAINLY not below your waist.


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