Remember the kitchen frown?
Well, my kitchen isn't exactly smiling, but I think this is a big improvement:
I knew that the best (least expensive) time to install new lighting is while the drywall is out so I had an electrician come out and add some much needed recessed lighting to the other side of the kitchen wall. I decided that adding additional modern lighting to the windowless kitchen would increase the value of the room more than adding an expensive microwave ($225 microwave + $125 install + $250 adding electrical circuit) to the space would.
Thankfully, a friend of mine (with over a year of drywall experience) saved me hundreds by offering to help patch the damaged drywall. I'm sure my frantic call telling him about the multiple $800+ estimates didn't hurt. Although the final product isn't shown, he spent a good four hours of his Sunday afternoon helping out! I want to give him a nice gift for helping... how much do you think I should spend?
What do you think about my choice to go with additional lighting over a new microwave?