I searched a few antique stores for the type of bench I was looking for. I found one but it didn't fit the bill and needed a lot of work. After a last ditch effort I checked out Craigslist and found this one:
(Sorry the pic was taken from my computer, not the best quality. I should have taken a before photo.)
It had the clean lines that I wanted and arms. I checked out the bench and it was perfect. I got to work right after we brought it home. I sanded it and gave it a good wipe down. I already had black paint from my laundry door, which it would be resting right next to, perfect!
Everything is in place now and I couldn't be more happy about it. It turned out exactly how I wanted. I'm still missing my big chalkboard but I am patient about finding the right one. Until then here are the after pics:
(Completely painted black) One of these days soon we are going to get new flooring in our kitchen, ugh. Moving on.....
The black door repainted. I spray painted the EAT sign black as well. It come in a maroon color. The hooks I believe I purchased from Decor Steals. The clock is from Target a few years ago.
I keep the kids shoes in a basket next to the bench. I am looking for a chalkboard to go on the back of the fireplace. Apparently there isn't enough chalkboard in our house. :)
I still need to paint the cabinets in our kitchen nook. The green doesn't match well with the stark white brick. My husband said he was really digging the color too. :( Oh well, maybe I can use it somewhere else in the house. I really liked that pop of green too. I already know what color I am going to paint the cabinet but I'll leave that for another post. :)