I have had this microwave cart for years. On top is the microwave, in the middle is a convection oven. The bottom was mostly used for junk storage.
See, the doors closed, you have no idea how much junk I have!
Then I have this tv that has been hanging on the wall since I got it a couple of years ago on black Friday at Meijer. Super good deal! Jamie and I were chatting online and I told her I was trying to find a new place to put it, but gave up. I also told her I took the stand off and was going to conceal the wires into the grooves and paint them to match the wall. She mentioned moving it to the microwave cart.
My daughter… she’s a crafty one. She photo shopped this picture to show what I should do.
So I got to work. I removed the doors and the shelf. Look for the doors in a future project. You know I didn’t get rid of them. Not exactly sure what I’ll be doing with them yet.
At first I was thinking I would have to make “cleats” for the shelf to be supported after taking out the middle brace that was where the doors were. Then aha! I remembered my Kreg Jig Jr. It’s such a small little tool that sometimes I forget I have it. (Deb, are you paying attention?)
You measure how thick your wood is, slide the little sides (grey pieces) to the right measurement. Then you set the depth on your drill bit. (the one that comes with the jig)
You clamp the jig on your shelf and begin to drill. The collar on the drill bit makes sure you drill to the right depth.
Look at those pretty pocket holes. I use the screws that come with the Kreg Jig. They have a special head and you use the bit that comes with the jig. Too easy!
I decided that I wanted my cart to have some feet. I found a spindle in my stash and commenced cutting.
It had been on casters, and I didn’t want the casters any longer. I used Gorilla Wood Glue and a couple of drywall screws to attach two front feet. For the back feet, I used a scrap piece of 1x. (not shown)
I used some of my oil based primer I had left from the cabinets.
Then I painted it with Dutch Boy Refresh (Twilight Navy) I really love the way this paint covers, and oh my gosh, it really cleans up so easily!
You’ll have to wait to see the finished project. It’s in the kitchen, but because the kitchen is still such a mess I haven’t taken a final picture.
edited to add: you can see the finished cart
I have been very blessed to receive so much “help” on my kitchen makeover.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.