When I bought my house, I knew one of the things that I wanted to add was a microwave above the stove. The existing stove had to have been from the early '80s and was all one piece but had two separate ovens and no vent. I knew I would wait at least a year before doing anything because I had gotten a home warranty when I bought the house, and if anything had happened to it, there was a chance they would replace it.
So in the meantime, I had to buy a microwave. There was a built-in shelf that I put it on.
A few months after my home warranty expired, I purchased a new stove and got rid of that ugly, big beast. Up next was the microwave.
"Up next" being another year or so. I willing admit that I am a procrastinator on some things. On this project it was finding and hiring the electrician to put in an outlet above the stove for the microwave. I was getting along fine without a vent above the stove, and it was just as easy to leave things the way they were.
But this summer/fall, I'm tackling several large projects and this was on the list just waiting to be crossed off. I finally got the name of an electrician from a co-worker (and then also found out he was the son-in-law of a co-worker from a previous job so I was really happy). So a little over three years later, I now have the stove and microwave I want.
I moved the toaster oven to the shelf where the microwave was, but I'm not sure I like it there so there might be more re-arranging going on.