We replaced our 14 year old range with a new Kitchen Aid dual fuel ‘Slide In’. We like the range, but the installer didn’t do a very good job ‘sliding’ it into place!
The original range had a rim that covered up the gaps in the granite counter top and the new range apparently assumed that the opening would be a perfect fit. As you can see, it sucks!
The back was really a nuisance because the installer had to chop out more of the granite since the new range was deeper than the old one. The guy who cut it probably didn’t know his ‘fine’ work would be showing!
After complaining to the installer, he told us, “No problem. For $100 we could buy a ‘trim kit’ from Kitchen Aid.”
Well, after researching the ‘trim kit’ we discovered that it was nothing more than some aluminized plastic stick-on strips that virtually everyone who bought it complained about it.
Ordinarily this would be a show stopper as we didn’t want this sucky look in our home. However, it seems that ‘someone’ near and dear just so happens to have a CNC Plasma cutter that scoffs at practically any metal placed on it!
So…, after a bit of measuring and design, I was able to cut three trim pieces out of 20Ga stainless steel, stick them down with 3M VHB tape, and, as a bonus, used my new 3D Resin printer to print trim caps that blended the trim around the countertop’s bullnose rim.
Here is the result:
The plan is that Kerry will paint the 3D Printed caps so that they blend in with the colors of the countertop.
So, in closing, when life gives you crappy installations, turn to your nearest Maker Shop!