I wanted to preserve the battered feel, but wasn't bothered about retaining the pictures or lettering - if I came from a family of doctors I could see the point in keeping ancient labels for cotton wool and bandages, but coming from a family of teachers and artists I decided to paint them instead.
So into an old Abel and Cole box they went, together with remnants of onion peel from that week's organic veg delivery:
Several layers of silver spray paint later, and here's how things were looking:
I used three different cans of silver spray (cos I had these nearly-finished cans sitting around in the cupboard) so they all came out slightly different colours, which I like a lot:
Now the cabinet needs handles - and THEN it will be done!