DIY Appliance “Garage”

2 Materials
45 Minutes

I love my new mixer, but was, quite frankly, looking for a way to have it “blend in” a bit better with the rest of the things on my countertop. Additionally, although this is the best, most accessible place for this appliance in my kitchen, it is located in a busy area between my sink and stove, and keeping it clean and not subjecting it to all types of food prep splatter and crumbs was important as well. Furthermore, the mixer is quite heavy, so storing it deep inside a cabinet was not the ideal solution for me.

The Problem

I researched many types of appliance “garages” that are designed, of course, to do exactly what I was looking to do here - keep an occasionally used appliance handy but out of sight. I did not find much that I liked, and I realized (2) things: (1) I did not want to permanently install anything to my cabinets or countertop and (2) I did not want to drop that much cash on this. So, I thought I might try to solve this little “problem “ on my own.

The beautiful handmade cutting board that I have displayed on my countertop caught my eye. It so nicely blends the colors of my cabinets, countertop, and backsplash. If I could only find something similar to assemble a small “screen” to decoratively and subtly camouflage & protect that mixer! I took measurements of the height and width of my mixer and set out to find just the right pieces.

These cutting boards have lovely wood grain.

Luckily, I found these 3 beautiful rectangular Acacia wood cutting boards for around $8.00 each at The Christmas Tree Shops. They were tall enough vertically to hide the mixer and fit under the cabinet above, and the colors worked great in my kitchen. They were also decently thick, so they would balance well on their edges.

1 1/2” utility hinges

Then, I purchased (4) 1 1/2” utility hinges from Home Depot for about $5.00.

Adding hinges

Back at home, I arranged them side by side the way I wanted them, flipped them over to the back, and installed 2 hinges on each side of the middle board, approximately 1 1/2”- 2” from the top and bottom edges. (I drilled small pilot holes first to avoid any wood splintering).

That’s it…Project complete!

Finished product

I love the result! Using the wooden cutting boards gives me surfaces that are very easy to clean, as this is not an out-of-the-way corner, as mentioned previously. This handy little screen is also adjustable to accommodate something wider if necessary and portable so it can be used for other purposes in other areas of the house as well.

Once I found the cutting boards I wanted, this project took no time at all. At one point, I was considering buying unfinished wood and cutting, sanding, staining, etc… for this project. Although I would have ended up with basically the same solution, using the cutting boards was a more time efficient solution and gave me a more durable, more aesthetically pleasing result.

Suggested materials:
  • Wood cutting boards   (The Christmas Tree Shoppes)
  • 1 1/2” black hinges   (The Home Depot)
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  • Baughma Baughma on Jan 13, 2022

    What size were the cutting boards?

    What city is the store you purchased the cutting boards? I’m not familiar with the “Christmas Tree Shoppe”. Thank you.

  • Cindy H. Cindy H. on Jan 13, 2022

    Thank you..:) I'm curious as to what state you live in? I'm from MA, and there were alot of Christmas Stores there, and now that I recently moved to SC, I'll have to look for them here as well..:)

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 26, 2022

    Are the hinges rust-proof?

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  • Starkeeper Starkeeper on Apr 05, 2022

    I love this idea! but would like to suggest an easy way to move them out so you can use your blender. Look for pulls exactly like your cabinet doors have and screw them at the tops of both the right and left cutting boards. Will look like your cabinet accessory. Just an idea I would use when I do this. THANKS for posting Helen B

  • Klc Klc on Apr 05, 2022

    I never considered adding handles! Food for thought 🤔 for me!