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I have a light in the hood of my [sign in to see URL] couldn't cook without that thing. I don't know how you did it, Texas! I love the pic of Willa makin sure Daddy doesn't fall off the ladder! Too precious!
I really like the track lighting. If we ever win the lottery and are able to have our dream house built, the kitchen will have track lighting, for the same reason you put that in. It's looking good!!!!


When I cook, the overhead light is on, the stove light is on, the light over the sink is on and a small flourescent light under the upper cabinets (over counter top) is on! when I wash dishes at night, all but the stove light is on. Even in the daytime, I turn on the light over the sink to wash dishes.

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Another tiny step forward! We are still adding lights to the kitchen. The main prep area is hard to light as there are upper cabinets above it. So we bought some undercabinet lighting and installed that. I need to wire the cord through the wall still but it's so much nicer over there!

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And [sign in to see URL] I can see every speck on that counter! Much better that we can no see everything and get it really clean for food prep.

The other illumination project was halted midway by lack of the proper screw. Hopefully I'll get that done tonight though.
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Good light definitely helps in the kitchen. I have an extra light I turn on when I cook, it bathes the stove in light. Don't know what I would do without it.

Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Looking good!!! I LOVE my under counter light. My counter is so dark without it and I hate cooking when that light is out.

Pretty soon, you'll have it just like you want it!!! emoticon

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Absolutely must have good lighting! If not you might as well be cooking in a cave!
That looks nice... emoticon

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Wow, we've certainly been doing things since I last posted IN FEBRUARY! But I just haven't gotten around to pictures and such.

The big project, which is still in progress, is the kitchen island. We've had a regular stove/oven unit sitting in the middle of our kitchen for about 2 years. You know, one of those ones that's usually along the wall with counters? It hasn't been pretty...

Finally, we got our island going. The base cabinets are in, but the store was out of all the doors/drawers so those are still on order. We are debating about the counter top so we put in cabinet grade plywood and stained it. It actually looks great if you ask me! And we got our bar stools. I LOVE it!!!!

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Right now, this side is being held up by Willa's kitchen - which was actually my kitchen when I was her age, built by a family friend. When she is older, we will remove it and put in regular shelving. But for now, it's perfect!

Oh, and of course, it means we have our new cooktop in - INDUCTION! It's is fabulous. So much faster and better controlled than our other electric stove (we don't have gas here). I'm so happy with it!
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WOW! HONEY, that looks fantastic even without the doors and drawers! And I love that stained top. Did you also put a urethane on it, or something to protect it from staining?

I think the fact that Willa's kitchen is holding up one end, is beyond adorable. Even more precious because it was once yours.. emoticon

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That's beautiful! Well done!

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WOW!!!!! emoticon That looks awesome,Texas! Y'all did an outstanding job! I love the island with Willa's little kitchen holding up the one end. How appropriate!!! Now, she can cook in her kitchen while Mommy is cooking!

I LOVE my glass top (induction) stove. Mine is not a cooktop, but a free standing [sign in to see URL] man, I love that thing. Talk about easy to clean. Don't have to worry about spills going under the top. I'll never have a regular stove/range again. No drip pans to fret with, or have to replace when they get too nasty to get clean. Wonderful invention, for sure! lol

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Didn't notice your question earlier Queeny! Yes, the top also has a polyurethane coat on it. After just a few weeks, I'm thinking it needs a more heavy duty coating but we'll see how it lasts through the summer.

As I mentioned in Open Circle, we finally got Willa's playroom organized. Our hall leads from the living room with our bedroom on the left. The halls turns to the right and Willa's room is straight ahead. But after the turn, it opens up into a little room we call the nook which is about 10 ft x 8 ft or so. It actually used to be a separate room but we knocked down the wall as the whole area was so oppressive and cramped. It's been a sitting room for about 4 years but the built-in half height book shelves were no place for my nicknacks and books now that Willa is a full blown 2 year old! So she got the whole space to herself. We took out most of my stuff (still a little lingers on top of the bookcase) and the couch. We put down a thin foam mattress and a bunch of pillows along with a rug and of course, her toys fill the shelves. She loves it! It's still a bit disorganized but I figure it's never going to *actually* be organized so what the heck!

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