Overview: A U-shaped kitchen, with a drop-in range currently on the "right arm" of the U. Wanting a range that has a cavern for an oven (plus keeping cost down), we're buying a stand-alone range. We're going to cut off most of the "right arm" of that U, and place the range there.
Now the challenge: On the OTHER side of the "right arm" of the U is the dining room. This means that people there look at the back of the range control panel in all its stamped-metal glory.
The two ideas we've come up with so far: 1) Have a cabinet built, adding some storage, and tall enough to hide the range. Disadvantage: Costs nearly twice what the range does. 2) Go with another drop-in/slide-in range. Disadvantage: Costs about the same as the free-standing range PLUS the cabinet, plus the oven is a cubic foot smaller.
Anyone else dealt with a similar situation &/or have any brilliant flashes of inexpensive inspiration?
If I am understanding (not sure if I am)....building a sort of fake wall that covers the back of the range should not be that expensive? Using the same wood, finish plywood, stained to match with a 2x4 or even 2x2 wood frame. Trim/stain/finish to coordinate with the kitchen cabinets. If you are not handy, a cabinet shop or pros at a Mom/Pop lumberyard may be able to create it for you...for a lot less money than you think?
If you have collections of small items, even some shallow shelving facing the dining area could work.
But as I mentioned, perhaps I am not seeing this exactly as you are describing.
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