After receiving the new stove and reading the installation instructions, we learned it required air space next to the burners, something that wasn't going to happen with our current cabinet configuration due to this unfortunately-placed little wall between the stove and the counter (as shown in the pic below).
The old Wedgewood stove skirted this issue by having a trash burner on that left side, so there was no actual top burner next to the wall.
We debated several solutions: moving the new stove a few inches away from the cabinet (which, as I pointed out repeatedly, would provide us a perfect area to store all the food we dropped as it rotted and nourished some very pleased potential vermin), or just not using the back left burner. But none of these brilliant solutions went over very well, as you might be guessing. Timely measures needed to be taken to prevent one of us from flying into a screaming frenzy and tearing out the peach-colored cabinets and green formica. Not that I'm anxious to do that or anything. Finally Popsey decided it shouldn't wreck everything too much if he just sawed out that part of the cabinet. Hacking noises ensued.
While this process was going on I was having trouble reckoning with how we would heal the holes and jagged edges in the formica, but the Master of Disguise managed to pull it together. He installed a piece of trim along the back wall, and screwed a narrow wood shelf on the counter that not only masks the gaping hole in the formica, but also spans the crack over to the edge of the stove.
In the end it looks great, and removing that little wall actually improved the flow of the kitchen. Screaming frenzy averted. For now.