Transformation of a Microwave Cabinet

Bonnie Woolever
by Bonnie Woolever
3 Materials
In a house that we were flipping we had a cabinet dedicated to a microwave. I didn't like the curves of that cabinet and I thought that most people like the microwave above their stove. We decided to take the microwave cabinet down and turn it into a wine cabinet.
We took the cabinet down from the wall and marked it with a straight edge. We used our circular saw to cut the curved sides off and trim the bottom.
Before removing the cabinet.
We sanded the edges and took the doors off of the top. We filled in the holes from the screws and sanded. We reinstalled the cabinet and wiped on a coat of liquid deglosser. I applied a coat of Zinsser primer and two coats of oil based paint from Benjamin Moore in Cloud White.
Cabinet back up on the wall! After it was on the wall we added scrap wood to make some cubbies for the wine bottles.
Primed and 1 coat of paint.
Ready for wine!
Suggested materials:
  • Benjamin Moore oil paint   (Benjamin Moore)
  • Jasco liquid deglosser   (Lowe's)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer   (Lowe's)
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  • Karen Mikan Karen Mikan on Jan 22, 2017
    Why did you choose an oil based paint, just curious. Project was a great idea, the microwave shelf was not attractive. I thought you said most people prefer a microwave over the stove but, I don't it in the final project. Where did you end up placing it in the kitchen? Kitchen looks great by the way!
  • Claudia Claudia on Jan 27, 2017
    So, where did you put the microwave?
  • Ticia Ticia on Aug 20, 2020

    I think it looks great but have a ? regarding the insert pieces - are they nailed/glued in or just 'placed in' for easy removal. TIA.

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  • Sue Lilly Sue Lilly on Jun 27, 2017

    Brilliant idea

  • Sheila Sweet Sheila Sweet on Jan 13, 2018

    I think it is amazing! I have trouble getting soup & things out without burning myself.

    Wine won’t burn me. I’m definitely trying this.