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Operation Microhood

February 12, 2014 |
posted by Ana White

It took us two tries to get you all the deets on installing the Microhood ... good thing we got two moms and two Momplex units to finish up!

Microhoods to me are like toilets or power lines or my big toes....  function over form here, especially when space is at a premium.

The good news about every microhood I've been a part of installing is they come with pretty darn good instructions and hanging hardware.

The template fits right in the space above the range,

We taped it in place per instructions,

And then attached the wall cleat to studs in the wall, using the template to guide us.

The cleat supports the bottom of the microhood.

Now on to the poor cabinet over the microhood ...

Remember how we already modified it by running it through the table saw?

Yeah, it's back in surgery today.

Because our wall cabinet bottoms have a 1/2" lip underneath, we have to nail up some blocking where the microhood will be screwed to the upper cabinet.

And then since we are venting the microhood outside, we've got to cut a vent hole in the underside of the cabinet.

Sawzall to the rescue!

Not the prettiest cut you've ever seen,

But it'll do.  The cabinets are ready for the microhood, but we have a few things to do to the microhood itself before it's mounted.

For both microhoods, on both sides of the Momplex, we change the venting so it vents outside by removing the top plate,

And switching the vent around so it pushes air out, instead of through the internal filter.

The white microhood is ready to go.

But on the other Momplex unit (the one we are currently working on), we've got one more really big issue.

Can you guess what it is???

The sides of the stainless microhood are black, and will show because the cabinets are less deep than the microhood.

Can't have that, can we?

Not when the fix costs about $5.

We taped off the microwave and sanded the metal so the spray paint will have something to bond to.

Then we cleaned up the area and let it dry,

And started spraying!

Much better!

Once the paint was dry, we (as in we the Ram - hey I gotta take pictures for you!) hoisted her up there ....

Once the microhood caught on the cleat, it just pivoted in place,

The dang cord was quite a pain to thread through, 

But what good would be a microhood not plugged in?

To secure in place, special bolts (included with the microhood) are used to secure through top into the microhood.

Popcorn anyone?

We'd like to send a special shout-out to our babysitter for helping us make this post happen.

XO Ana + Fam

posted by Ana White

So where were we ....

We got kitchen cabinets built

then we DIYed a laminate countertop

Now it's time to install them!!!

Most countertops are just glued down, but remember us? And our overbuilding, do-it-right-the-first-time issues?  

Yeah, glue just not going to be enough for us.  I know it would work just fine .... but why not add some screws too?  Help us.

For the blind corner, we had a empty space, in the corner, so we blocked it with 2x4s.

The blocking will support the countertop.  It's screwed to studs in the wall.  

The other corner doesn't need blocking (remember our overbuilt lazy susan corner cabinet?), but we are going to do some mods to the cabinets to secure the countertops to them from the underside.

Where we could on the outsides, we used our Kreg Mini Jig to drill pocket holes facing upward (NOTE: We should have done this when we built the cabinets, it would have been easier).

 Where we couldn't drill pocket holes on the outsides because the neighboring cabinet is installled on the outside, we drilled pocket holes facing upward on the insides.

See the pocket holes facing upward?

So once we have enough pocket holes drilled facing upward on the cabinets, it's time to attach the countertop.

We applied glue, 

Set the countertop in place with glue,

And then attached through the predrilled pocket holes with screws.  Remember, the stove is going in this opening, so we aren't concerned about the pocket holes showing.

Here's on the other side of the range.

And where we didn't have the luxury of pocket holes on the outside, we attached from the inside.

And then finally secured the dishwasher end panel to the countertop, making sure it was evenly spaced to allow for the dishwasher to fit in.

And that's the main countertop.

Now we had considered just purchasing off the shelf laminate countertops - would have been a little more expensive, but a lot less work.  BUT - you can't buy an off the shelf laminate bar top, with three sides finished ....

So we DIY.

Since the bar top is over drywall, we won't be able to use pocket holes to secure the countertop to the bar.  So the Ram had this great idea to attach 3/4" plywood to the top of the drywalled bar,

Screwing to studs in the bar,

And then going a little crazy with glue on top.

We built the bar top so it'll fit right over the plywood piece,

So it just fits on top,

And then we can go underneath, and add a few screws through the plywood into the underside of the laminate countertop.

Here's what the countertop looks like, a couple months later, after a few kids have jumped on them, and Grandma's been using them ...

No wiggles, no scratches, no heat burns, nothing.

And Grandma loves them!!!!

Definitely worth the extra DIY effort!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana + Fam

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