Last night I primed the drawer fronts and this morning, instead of doing actual work, I put the first coat of primer on the cabinet boxes. This, to me, at least, seems to be the biggest difference I've seen in the kitchen. It seems much bigger now and certainly brighter - but that may be due to the fact that we have a million halogen lights now hanging in our kitchen (Thom has compared being in the kitchen to standing on the surface of the sun). We are looking into a dimmer but these seem relatively more complicated with 3-way switches. We'll see what we can figure out.
In the meantime, we went to pick up the cork flooring we ordered from HD. We had originally planned to get it from Lumber Liquidators but they stopped carrying the plain kind we wanted and after paying the ridiculous shipping charges from Ikea I was much more reticent to pay any more shipping. So we have it now and I'm excited that we now have all the pieces of our mini-reno in house. I don't know when it will actually all be put together but at least the stuff is all here now.