OK, so over the weekend I got some stuff done on the kitchen, including putting up the toe kicks around the cabinets (I still need to fill in nail holes though!), and taking down the pesky center bracket on the cabinet above the microwave.
The center bracket actually pulled right off...I was pleasantly surprised. I touched up a couple of areas with wood filler and then painted them. It's looking pretty good right now.
I also bought wood to do the trim around the kitchen window, but it's just chilling in the living room right now. Baby steps, right?
While I was at Lowes getting wood, I noticed that they sell a variety of drop down and glue-on ceiling tiles. Normally, I HATE the thought of ceiling tiles because of the ugly ones that you typically see in schools and office buildings. But this time, these ones caught my eye, because I've been considering planking for the kitchen ceiling. Most of the DIY ceilings that I've seen use the plain pine planking, that they paint and then install (see The Lettered Cottage's ceiling here). This stuff is made of recycled materials and is pre-primed. You can always paint it again if you'd like, but the fact that it's already white is a HUGE plus because painting raw pine is a huge time commitment. I calculated that the pine would be $1/SF (not including paint or the time needed to paint them)...the prefab ceiling planks would be $1.47/SF.
I have to do something with the ceiling because the popcorn job is uneven and some areas of the ceiling don't have it right now (because we did demo work). My only concern is...I don't want the planks to make the kitchen too country-quaint, if that makes any sense. We have low ceilings, so I don't them to be too distracting. What is your opinion? Yay or nay?
I also don't know what to do about these two light fixtures. First, we never use either of them (the light fixture over the sink and the one in the adjacent dining area provide all of the light for the room). Second, they are in an awkward spot, so even if I DID replace them with light fixtures, it's not like they're centered over the kitchen or anything. Do I keep them? Remove the fixtures and cover over the junction boxes? Ahhh...I don't know what to do...