That's our old kitchen table, we used to have stools around it at the last house. Of course I appreciated the extra counterspace, but having it 6 inches taller than the counter and hogged up by a microwave? Not so much. I knew, somewhere out there in the universe, there was a kitchen cart - just for us - that would not only be the right height, but would hold that microwave on a shelf below. I scoured the internet, and even started to dream up plans of building one from the ground up (Yea, let's add THAT to the never-ending to do list!). Then one morning it dawned on me - duh! Ikea coffee tables!
I was on my way there anyway. So,I went and grabbed two Lack coffee tables from Ikea, we all know the ones. They are the basic of basic, and completely affordable. You'll need 2 if you are going to this project. That's Rubin making another appearance there, always loves to lend a helping
Ready to see the new cart?
Ikea's Lack tables (that come in many sizes) are exactly the same height as most standard cabinets.
Luckily the color matched pretty well too! Now, the original plan was to buy casters, chop off the legs to compensate for the height change, and add some rollers. Now that we are done though, I think we may just leave it. Also, each table comes with a shelf. It worked out in the bottom table, but we didn't need the other. Instead of wasting it, we installed it just above the microwave. It's now a perfect spot for cookbooks, cutting boards, anything slim!
Remember how I said these are the same height as most cabinets? Well, in the past, they've always lined up perfectly. However, if you look closely on the right, you can see about a 1/4" difference. This, is a blessing in disguise, honestly. The tabletop will hold up to kitchen use for a while, but eventually will start to show some wear and tear. That's what makes this gap great - perfect for adding tile! I plan on doing that before our table shows it's use, and I'll walk y'all through that in a future post.
For now, we have a perfect little cart that was cheap, extremely easy, and gets that space hogging microwave off the counters!
See how easy that was? $40 kitchen cart, you can't find a better price. Not even on Craigslist (unless you're lucky, I looked & looked!)
Got any big weekend projects lined up? I think we may tackle putting in a ceiling curtain system for downstairs, to enclose our huge spiral staircase (think hospital curtains, but less loud and generally creepy). What's moved up to the top of your to-do list?
Have a fun, relaxing, and productive weekend!
***Up Next: The Knobs for the Hutch are in!