However, if someone took a few drawers out of your kitchen in a house, it wouldn't leave you feeling so debilitated - storage onboard is always at a premium and you look to maximise it in as many places as you can.
I was so pleased to have them in just so I can sort out the utensils, small bowls, table mats, bits and bobs that you don't necessarily use every day in a kitchen but need storage for anyway!
Here they are from the side (pictures aren't great as I took it using the iPad):
I still need to give them a few good coats of varnish (that's why they look a bit "white" in the pictures above) and of course, handles! Once varnished, they should 'match' the existing oak a bit more!
I bought the handles in town today, but needed to buy extra machine screws that will hold the handles securely as the wood that Rob has done the drawers in is quite thick and the screws supplied with the handles wouldn't have been long enough.
The bad news for today was that the oak sections for the new gunnels were 30mm wider than the ones Rob's installed in the kitchen already, so he couldn't put them on as they wouldn't match. Never mind! He'll have it sorted for Friday and he's also going to redo our hatch frame and door inserts in a nice Sapeli wood in the kitchen.
The woodwork around the hatch and the actual door inserts are looking incredibly old and worn and the oak is water damaged on the inserts and starting to go black. Not only that, but the whole thing was done poorly by the previous owner.
Having them redone will freshen them up, modernising the kitchen more and also match the new front doors we had done back in October which are also Mahogany/Sapeli.
The new dark wood will also add a bit of contrast to the oak lining on the walls :)
I'll be posting more about the hatch on Friday when the work is complete and be posting pictures as usual!