I finally completed another kitchen project that was long overdue. See that space between the wall and the stove? The perfect landing spot for my hot pads that fall off and onto the floor? Well it is no more!
That space is there because our gas line comes up through the floor a few inches away from the wall. Tony looked at moving it, but between the floor joists not lining up just right and the chimney behind the back wall, the gas line had to stay. Tony also said it needed to be accessible just in case we needed to turn off the gas, so whatever I did to box it in needed to be easily removed.
The solution was a simple one. We mounted a piece of 2 x 4 on the back wall, cut 1 x6s to match the angles of the walls, and joined them at the front with Craig jig screws and an L bracket. The top is finished with deep walnut stain and mineral oil, while the bottom matches the gray cabinet on the other side of the stove. And ideally the countertops would match, but who doesn’t want a kitchen with three different kinds of countertop? Actually, if you include the island, I guess you could say five different types since it’s butcher block with a granite inlay. Perhaps our kitchen could become a display area for different countertop styles!
Anyway, while I was at it, I decided to go ahead and paint the wainscoting along that wall. I originally painted it the same brown as the rest of the room when there was a full kitchen remodel in the plan, and over time I have wondered about painting it to match rest of the trim. As I was painting, I thought that the right thing to do probably would have been to replace it, but who knows what the wall looks like back there. That’s not something I wanted to deal with!
In the grand scheme of our projects, this was a minuscule one, but since I use the stove every day, it has made a big difference.