The kitchen remodel is nearly complete -- cabinets are mostly hung, appliances are all delivered and we have working light switches! I believe the granite is coming tomorrow, which should really complete the look, so I'm excited to see that.
We have had a few bumps along the way, but nothing too serious, or too costly. Mostly just annoying and time consuming -- like the wrong box of tile being delivered, two missing items from our IKEA order (and an extremely unhelpful "customer service" manager at the IKEA in Bolingbrook), and a range back splash that was warped, etc. You always hear that you should plan for 10% over your budget, but with the little extras here and there, I don't think we even came close to that.
One of my fears was that the island would be too big for the kitchen, but it looks like it will work just fine and be very functional -- no more walking across the room to drain pasta (which was a challenge with too old cats underfoot and a child and husband milling about!)
The back splash, counters, light fixtures, trim and doors/door handles will be going in this week, so I'll post more photos at the finish!