How to Hide Kitchen Appliances

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How to Hide Kitchen Appliances
There are better ways to hide your microwave than using your cat. (thoughts image by Leonid Yastremskiy from Fotolia.com)

The kitchen is the heart of many homes. Family and guests gather there for bonding and catching up on the day's events. It's no wonder that the kitchen remains the top remodelling project for many homeowners, according to United Press International. Because so much time is spent in this part of the home, homeowners want their kitchens appearing as attractive as possible, not only for themselves but for resale value as well. One way to do that is using creative ways for hiding your appliances.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Large decorative tin
  • Under-the-counter appliances
  • Basic tools

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Instructions

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    Camouflage your refrigerator doors by adding cabinetry to the outer surface or enclosing it entirely in what looks like an armoire. Disguising the largest appliance in the kitchen this way has become popular over the years and not just isolated to more expensive homes. You can call a professional about having your refrigerator doors hidden in this manner or ask a professional at your local home improvement store.

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    Place your microwave in its own little carport or garage. Choose an area of your countertop that is tucked away in a corner. Enclose it with material that matches the rest of your decor and add a garage-like door. Consider switching to a microwave that is smaller than usual for accommodating the type of enclosure.

  3. 3

    Encase your everyday appliances in their own cubby. You can accomplish this inexpensively by purchasing a large decorative tin and simply covering items like toasters and blenders when they are not in use. Otherwise, you can build a cubby right into your cabinetry and hide these items away.

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    Tuck away smaller kitchen tools by installing them underneath the cabinets. Can openers and small televisions come equipped for permanent placement right under your cabinets with the addition of a few simple screws. These items are an inexpensive way for clearing your countertops, and you can take them with you when you move.

  5. 5

    Disguise other major appliances by designing your entire kitchen around a consistent theme for your cabinetry. While this option will cost you the most to achieve, it is likely to pay off in resale so consider the price point of your home to see if it's worth it. Choosing this option will entail sitting down with a designer and encasing a majority of your appliances in cabinetry that matches the entire kitchen, including your dishwasher, which could be in drawers and trash compactors.

Tips and warnings

  • Before making extensive changes, consider the resale value of your home

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