While living in our apartment, we put up some inexpensive under-cabinet lighting from Ikea. When we moved into our house we brought them with us, but only installed two of the lights because of the arrangement of the cabinets. The ugly black cord hung down and the big plug was an eyesore. I disguised it the best I could with command hooks and cord covers, but this post from Thrifty Decor Chick made me long for integrated under-cabinet lights. When I mentioned it to Bradley, he enthusiastically agreed.
This weekend, we worked on putting up three more lights and running the cords up between the cabinets and through the top of the cabinet over the microwave to the plug that is conveniently out of sight. Then we took it a step further: we used one of the remote-controlled plugs that we have on all of the lamps in our house. (We use these unattractive but useful plugs because not a single outlet in our house is switched, boo) All of our downstairs lamps are on the same frequency, so with one simple push of a button we are able to turn on four lights in the dining room, three lamps in the living room, the Christmas tree, and now all five of the under-cabinet lights.
It looks so nice now, especially with the ambient light from the new fixture over the sink. Bradley loves it because he has an obsessive war against overhead lighting:)