Currently, the dining corner looks like this:
Since the ugly and useless honey-hued country kitchen table came with the house, and we have yet to replace it, hubz and I have been eating a la TV dinner style for years.
Last week, I made use of my store credit at West Elm recently with this Source bench, which I'd been eyeing for months, envisioning it as a future dream home mudroom bench. Isn't it tres chic?
Unfortunately, it has no place in our house... yet. We tried to test it out as a dining table bench and it was not quite right. A banquette would be better/higher and provide more seating space. The bench would be perfect as a semi-entryway bench next to the dining table corner.
Seeing as my last DIY attempt started last June 2012 and isn't finished yet, I will not promise results anytime soon.