... which we eventually replaced with this model last year?
Notice the unfinished wall behind it which suddenly became exposed (the middle part) even after the micro-range hood was installed.
After a looooong time, during which we've explored different options that included having the kitchen completely redone or just having new countertops installed, we eventually settled on a very recession-friendly solution - vinyl tiles.
$5 and an hour later, this was how it looked like:
We'll be installing a wire runner along the side to conceal those wires.