|this isn't the best picture but you get the idea :)|
With the former arrangement, the dining room table was centered in this area making the space between the bar stools and the dining room table tight. I wistfully mentioned to my mom one day that it would be so nice to have a banquette so that we could move the table into the corner, have more storage, and more space. She right away said, "Oh, your dad could make those", and the rest is history!
Here's how it all turned out:
What he made are two individual benches that were both made the same exact size. We measured for the length first. The height is the same as the dining room chairs. I would love to have cushions made for them but after supper on the first night with them, I saw how dirty they got from the kids and I'm thinking that to wait a bit is not a bad idea.
Now that the dining room table has been moved over, we need to move/re-center our chandelier, and tweak the wall decor. (The mirror was a redo that I will show you later). But, the transformation is huge for us! The tops to the benches have piano hinges on them and are great for storing my crock pot, cake stands and other kitchen items, saving me a trip to the basement. The kids love them too!
Our goal to maximize our space is underway! We will win the space war! :) One project at a time! (OK so that sounds kind of dramatic, but you get the idea)! Contentment is a journey that can only lead to happiness. I am glad to say, we are on that road!
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