First, it's white, and the other appliances (fridge, dishwasher) are tan. Second, it's huge! It sticks out from the cabinet fronts about four+ inches and, worst of all, it was designed to be installed flat against a wall, not in an island. It squats there like a track star with one foot over the starting line, eager for the starting gun to go off. Consequently, the back, which is visible from all parts of the living room, stands up at least a foot from the counter top. I. don't know WHAT I'm gonna do about that!
There are some good things about the stove, of course. First, it has features the old one didn't have. There's an oven light, a clock, a timer, a preheat setting, two oven racks (the old one only had one), and, did I mention I didn't have to pay for it?
I guess I'll get used to it in time, and be philosophical about it. It's just one of the downsides of apartment living, I guess. And, It's just an example of piss-poor prior planning on the part of the apartment builders. When these apartments were built, seventeen years ago, someone screwed up and ordered apartment-sized stoves for all of the larger apartments and regular-sized ones for the smaller apartments. Mine is one of the smaller ones. Instead of going back and correcting the mistake, they just went ahead and installed them. So, now, when they have to replace one, the smaller apartments get the large stoves that should fit against the wall. There's no telling what they replace the larger apartments with. Hot plates?
Anyway, I'll make the best of the situation. At least I now have an oven that works, and is a newer model, even if it is an eyesore.
What would you do about disguising the back of this stove? Some kind of screen? A couple of house plants?
I'd welcome some suggestions. I'm keeping an open mind, and hoping someone in the manager's office comes to his senses and exchanges it for a stove that is designed for an island. Hope springs eternal, you know.
In the meantime, I look forward to an oven that works properly and is easier to clean than the old one. And, of course, I didn't have to pay for it.