So Gerard came through and showed up today to put in the new lights. I am very happy. Baby steps, but slowly the kitchen is being transformed. Let's do a little Before and After, shall we? Here's one of the red lamps that came with the house:
Here's one of the new lights in its place:
The lamps cost about $90 each, the paint (Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, BTW) cost $60, and I don't know how much Gerard will charge. At this point we pretty much have Gerard on retainer, so twice a year he adds up what we owe him and we write a check. So the whole shebang comes in under $300, which isn't bad for such a change. Here's the old kitchen;
Here's the new kitchen:
In my next life, I want to come back as Gerard's wife (Just kidding Ted! I love you! Don't ever leave me!).