When we first bought our house, the kitchen left a lot to be desired. But something I was very excited about was the old farmhouse sink that was in great condition.
I didn't fully appreciate the drainboards on each side until we installed our butcher block countertop. Although the countertops have a sealer on them, I try not to let too much water get on them and this is where the drainboards come in handy.
When I wash dishes, I love to think of using the same sink that somebody else used years ago.