Okay, it's less of a remodel and more about just chopping the "lodge" off, lol. Still, for my purposes, it's an improvement. It went through a few changes before I settled on a look that I liked.
First I used my dremel to cut the top metal rod holding the two sections together and wiggled the lodge up until it came up off the bottom rod. Next I made a backsplash by gluing scrap paper to cardboard, covered it with ribbed shelf liner made by Contact (at Target $5) and slid it into the back groves. I didn't like the paper color in the end and went with a graphic floral instead.
I then decided to make a cupboard shelf to place on the top section of the frame using cardboard and covering it with contact paper. The cardboard already had the large crease in it so I used the actual width of the ruler and a metal emery board to score the sides.
Again, I wasn't feeling the results. It was too tall and kinda lumpy. A thinner cardboard and a shorter height would have been better. Instead I just covered a single strip of cardboard and this way the kitchen frame is about the same height as the fridge.
I had some chairs that were the same pink/glitter as the fridge doors so I gave them a magic marker treatment as well and sealed them with satin varnish. Pretty sexy, yeah? It may not look like much, but I made a island table using a metal thingy I got at the thrift store for 99 cents and covered it with a clear lid from a 50 cent (1/2 off price) box I got at Target.
Even though I abandoned my cardboard shelf idea, I still wanted some shelves so I used the ribbed shelf liner to jazz up the Target boxes. It's not glued together. I placed the liner inside the lid, put the box on top of it and taped the lid to the box at the top and bottom.
Put all that effort together and you get this:
Heck yeah! That's pretty sweet if I do say so myself. It's a simple redo but I think it came out rather swanky. I like it!