First of all, welcome to Lisa via Bloglovin.
We have been lucky to ask for and receive a nice gift from the house of my friend B. It is something I have always liked and provided no-one else in the family wanted it, was willing to offer to buy it.
In the end, no-one did want it and we were given it despite offering to give them something, so that was a nice gesture. It is nothing spectacular but B. knew I always liked it and was looking for a replacement for the one we had given away years ago.
She had painted it herself and the colour she had chosen, champagne, went in her new kitchen very well. It doesn't sit so well in our dining room in that colour, so we are in the process of re-painting it.
This is what it looked like when it arrived:
After a good sanding to remove any loose paint, big areas of raw wood had their first coat of primer. Once that was dry, the previously painted areas (excluding the inside which had never been painted) had primer painted onto them. Although we had some paint left over from doing the dining room, we didn't want it in exactly the same colour. We felt it needed to stand out slightly without shouting that it was there.
In the end we chose a crown paint matt emulsion dapple blue:
We will transfer the cutlery tray from a kitchen drawer into one of these drawers. This will help to alleviate the lack of space in our three rather shallow kitchen drawers. We may (or may not) also line the base and shelves in the leftover tablecloth from when we made our unit cushion cover for the conservatory.