I am not a fan of a cluttered counter. Fun fact: I dislike counter top clutter so much that we keep our old, trusty microwave behind closed doors in the pantry. I do like the idea of keeping utensils, oil, salt and pepper right next to the stove, but having that many items cluttering the area around the stove was causing me knock things over. I needed to be able to use more space for food prep and less space for storage.
Something had to change. What I came up with was this shelf.
I originally tried keeping our smaller salt and pepper shakers on the back of the stove, but I was always afraid that they would fall behind the stove never to be seen again.
My favorite part about this shelf is that it sits flush against the wall. No more worrying that something will fall into the black hole behind the stove!
Here is the cut plan I used. This varies depending on the size of your stove:
I cut the 1×6 four inches longer than the width of the stove. This allows enough space for the supports on either side and some space to maneuver it into place around the stove. I cut the side supports to be about half an inch taller than the stove.
Then I drilled some pocket holes into the 2×4 to attach it to the 1×6. I used the 1×4 as a spacer to ensure it would end up flush with the end and attached the 2×4’s with pocket screws. I glued the 1×4 to the 2×4 and attached it with some finishing nails. Attaching the pieces together this way makes the shelf super sturdy. It doesn’t wobble at all!
We’ve been using this shelf for a while and it is still corralling our daily cooking items perfectly. Now, our counters are cutter-free and everything we need to cook every day is right within reach. Talk about the best of both worlds!