I took it down, and then painted and patched and finished the subfloor. Then I brought in my vintage Heywood Wakefield table. The table of my dreams that I found covered in paint at a thrift store for $180. We added some chairs and a bench and we were happy.
Then I found this:
Except that it was also 18" deep...sad face. So it took up a lot of depth and we lost the spot for our garbage can.
So I moved it. And it created the perfect nookish area!
After scads of research I found these benches:
From Ikea at $10 each, they were exactly what I wanted. I bought 4. I also needed cushions! Luckily, Ikea helped me out with 4 pillows from their AS-IS section for $1 each. And with some fabric I found at a yard sale for $5, from the Ivory Coast no less, I have 4 gorgeous cushions and a bench for $50!
That's a lot of work! But I haven't even shown you the table!
A long time ago, John and I found a solid oak table on the side of the road. Eventually we cut down the top for a top to our portable dishwasher.
But we still had the pedestal base! John tried to get rid of it, but I knew I could use it someday!
For the table top we bought 3 pine boards, 6" x 6', (for $10) cut them in half for a table that measures 36" x33"*, which was exactly how big the table could be without overpowering the space!
Nice, right?! Wait! That was before the pillows were finished!
I really needed a table that could take Legos and marker and dents and scratches and all that comes with 4 and 5 year old boys. Six coats of polyurethane will see to that!
(Okay I still have one more pillow to make. But have you tried tufting?! It's hard!)
We ate dinner last night at the new table and we all finally fit!And I wasn't worried about the spaghetti sauce staining my table like I was with the pretty vintage one.
We spent $60 total and have a new kitchen nook that can take abuse and still look good!
Phenomenally cheap design!...Itty-bitty kitchen space!
*Pine boards that measure 1" x 6" x 6' are actually 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 6' due to the way the wood is processed. Keep that in mind if you have exact measurements for a project.