Home Repair on a Budget

posted by Momo Fali on April 6, 2012

So it has come to this.

That is my microwave with a rock glued to it.

Last week the door wouldn’t open and we were all, “What are we going to do with all of these bags of popcorn if we can’t open the microwave door?” We started using a screwdriver to pry the door open, but a screwdriver on your kitchen counter is not all that aesthetically appealing; unless, of course, it’s made of vodka and orange juice.

I thought maybe it was time to start scouring Craigslist or looking at scratch-and-dents at the local Sears outlet (because that’s how I roll), but my husband had other ideas. He went all Harry Home-Repairman on me and took it upon himself to…well…glue a rock to the door. When you hit the DOOR OPEN button and pull on the rock, I must admit, the door opens pretty well.

In his defense, he thought the rock would look nice. And, I happen to think the glue that was left to drip down adds a nice touch.

But, truth be told, I keep thinking about how I could hide a screwdriver when company comes over.


  • Amie

    I think he’s on to something here. Just cover the whole front in rocks, and you go from “Tony Stewart” to “Martha Stewart.”

    (so nobody has to Google it, Tony Stewart is a NASCAR driver)

  • Melisa

    Just add some rhinestones to that rock and you’ll be ALL SET.

  • Liz

    HAH! My husband would be all, like, look…right up your alley…while, I would totally compliment your husband on his genius. Leave it to Melisa to suggest you bedazzle it 🙂

  • Davina

    I see the being the latest PINTEREST fade.

  • Vicki

    This is sooo funny! Can’t wait until Jeff reads this…Mike will never hear the end of it.

  • Mr Lady

    You are so retro. The Flintstones approve of your microwave.

  • Zak

    Your sister is going to be MORTIFIED.

    • Momo Fali

      Oh, FOR REAL!

  • Sarah

    I love it – glue and all! Maybe draw a smiley face on that rock and you’ll have the (and maybe the first ever) Pet Rock microwave!

  • Stephanie

    I wish we were that ingenious. My husband would have tried to find a way to fix it, but would have broken it more, and I would have just pouted so we could get a new one. I think I’ll stick around…see what else you got…
    And the smiley face would be perfect!

  • Kim

    Talk about creativity!

  • meleah rebeccah

    this is sofa king funny, I cannot stop laughing!

  • tracey

    Hmmm. Yes, you could hide the screwdriver, but he is giving you a guaranteed conversation starter by using the rock. So he’s totally doing you a favor. Don’t you SEE THAT?!?

  • magpie

    you could glue rocks on everything around it, you know, for disguise.

  • Tara R.

    Wish my husband was a DIY whiz like that.

  • Ally

    Rocks as handles – I see it being the new fad. I say just glue some more on drawers, cupboards, closets. It will totally blend in!

  • flyfishchick

    this is hilarious! and hits awfully close to home…

    I live with a fixer who used duck tape to fix my ripped car seat. let me say, when the weather gets hot in Texas, duct tape melts under your leg in a hot car and gets gummy grey goo all over white jeans

  • anna

    nature chic. i like it. maybe you could paint the rock blue and green for earth day?

  • Laural Out Loud

    I don’t even tell my husband when things need to be repaired anymore. He thinks yellow duct tape and mastic can fix anything, including keeping ants out of our house. Sometimes I wish I’d asked him what his Home Repair philosophy was before I agreed to marry him.

  • AliciaC

    Hello- Just happened upon your blog, read this and I’m hooked!

  • Craig Wiesner

    For around a year we had to have a bungee cord on our oven to keep the door from falling open. We were just fine with it but it drove our friend crazy. One day she invited us out to dinner and took us to Sears where she had already picked out a new oven for us. Some day I hope we can do something equally lovely for someone to pay it forward.

  • Weather Anchor Mama

    This is a great post. Made me laugh!!:) Thanks, I needed that!

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