Anyone who has a KitchenAid mixer knows how heavy they are. They weigh a ton. I love mine, but because it's so heavy, if it isn't sitting on the kitchen counter all the time, I probably wouldn't use it. I know that's true, because I hardly ever used in our old house when it was stored in our utility room. It was just too much work to drag it out. That's why I wanted it more accessible in my new kitchen.
I thought about installing one of those cool pop-up shelves to hold it. But then I realized, those pop-up shelves that they make for stand mixers are a great idea--unless you have limited storage space. I mean, let's face it, they take up an entire lower cabinet. Because their moving parts need to have room to...well...move, you can't store anything other than the mixer in a cabinet that has one of those. That means less storage space, and that wasn't a good option in my small kitchen. (Sorry no picture for one of these, because people tend not to want to give you permission to use photos of they're product when you're blogging about why you did NOT buy it. ahaha!)
|Plastic glider that I used at our old house.|
|Bamboo glider looked great, but wasn't the solution|
Heck, there aren't even very many DIY ideas for this... There also isn't anything on Etsy or Ebay. Nadda, zilch, zero!! Ugh!!!
|Stained board with felt tabs on the bottom. Made it myself!|
I already had a board that I bought a few years ago. It had mitered edges that give it a very professional finished look. I used a walnut stain, and a satin finish urethane. It blends in great with my butcher block countertops. I used large felt pad, about 1.25 inches in diameter and put them in all four corners on the bottom, so they're very solid.
|KitchenAid sitting on my DIY slider. Looking good!|
The added bonus to this solution is I'm able to slide it wherever it's convenient. It's not on any kind of a track, so I'm not limited to just pulling it in and out of the corner. LOVE!!
What solutions have you come up with for your kitchen appliances?
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