Well, I made the first move toward remodelling my kitchen yesterday. I went out and bought new light fixtures. The two "schoolhouse" fixtures for the ceiling were on sale, and I also ordered a similar 2-light sconce for over the sink. Once the sconce arrives, I'll have an electrician install them, plus do all of the other things on my "electrical stuff" list.
Spent the day re-arranging kitchen cupboards and countertops, and got a little more workspace near the sink. I think it looks a little better. It's a work in progress.