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Looking for a bench…

last month

Still finessing this room after having FP installed and STILL waiting for sconces for FP wall…


I would like to replace the console/shelf under the window with a bench that could be pulled over when we need to squeeze more people around the table. The other goal is to simplify that area — it is cluttery — but I would add at least one plant stand because this is an excellent spot for plants.


The dining table and chair legs are walnut. But the base of the table is black, as is the FP insert. So I’m thinking walnut or black, and fairly simple design.


It can be 4-5’ long but can’t be too deep (around 18” would be fine), and I would prefer something with a back but that might not be possible. Here are a few that I looked at. What I’m finding is that most walnut pieces tend to lean MCM, which isn’t really what I want. I do think bench no. 2 is cool, though it is almost $2000!




Oh, here’s the room. Not staged, haha, so let’s ignore the multiple vases on the table and the tissue box DH thinks belongs there.




Any suggestions?

Comments (162)

  • 29 days ago

    It sounds like he was an amazing guy. Thank you for sharing.

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  • 29 days ago

    Sue, your Dad was an amazing guy, full of life and love for his family! Love the pics!

    Sueb20 thanked OutsidePlaying
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  • 29 days ago

    What wonderful snapshots of your dad, Sue. Adding my sincere condolences for your loss.

    Sueb20 thanked gigitn
  • 29 days ago

    Sue, those photos are everything! I love how you describe him....what a lovely Dad you had!!

    Sueb20 thanked Lizzie_grow
  • 29 days ago

    Your photos and words paint such a beautiful glimpse into your world and love for such a positive, endearing soul that touched so many lives. Thank you for sharing with us. I know he left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him.

    Sueb20 thanked amykath
  • 28 days ago

    My dad passed away at 60. Reading your lovely tribute about your dad allowed me to picture mine at your dad's age. Thank you for that, your dad sounds like a wonderful man.

    Sueb20 thanked RNmomof2 zone 5
  • 28 days ago

    What a great dad you had:) Your memories and photos are just so touching.

    Sueb20 thanked maddie260
  • 28 days ago

    He really was the Terrific one!!!!
    Thanks for sharing ❤️

    Sueb20 thanked njmomma
  • 28 days ago

    Your father was a man of wisdom, kindness, joy, and fun. Handsome too. What a great guy! Thank you for introducing me to us to him. We hold your hand while you navigate these new waters.

    Sueb20 thanked happy2b…gw
  • 28 days ago

    I loved seeing those pictures and I hope you always remember the very best things about him.

    Sueb20 thanked Bumblebeez SC Zone 7
  • 28 days ago

    Sueb...He made me smile. Bingo Baby! Woot! Woot! Now I want to go tubing..........

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  • 28 days ago

    RN, my mom died at 55 and she was so opposite of my dad…I often wonder what she’d be like as an elderly lady. More cranky, or more mellow? I do think being a grandma (for only a couple years) softened her a bit, so maybe with 3 grandkids…who knows?


    just fyi all, I am going to delete this post tonight but not for any negative reason. You have all been wonderful, thank you again.

  • 28 days ago

    Sue, you will always have your happy memories of your wonderful relationship with your dad. how lovely for both of you. take care of yourself and your girls.

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  • 28 days ago

    I'm glad I checked back this afternoon and was able to see those wonderful photos and read more about your Dad. Your stories touched my heart and reminded me of my father. Aging isn't an easy process and it shows what a remarkable individual your father was to keep such a positive outlook.

    Sueb20 thanked maire_cate
  • 28 days ago

    Your Dad's joie de vivre shines through in all the photos. Thank you for sharing them.

    Sueb20 thanked teeda
  • 28 days ago

    Sue, my condolences to you and your family. Your father sounds like a wonderful person.

    Sueb20 thanked Kitchenwitch111
  • 28 days ago

    Also glad I did not miss these pictures and memories of your father. What a guy! And you are certainly the apple from his tree 🍎

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  • 28 days ago

    Sue, thank you for sharing photos and stories of your dad. I am so sorry for you and your family but I hope you find peace in the stories and memories! He surely lived a life to celebrate! ❤️

    Sueb20 thanked Funkyart
  • 28 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos of your dad. I'm sorry you've lost him and I know that he will always be with you. Take care over the coming days.

    Sueb20 thanked barncatz
  • 28 days ago

    A wonderful human being who made a wonderful Dad. May he rest now and may you rest too knowing you were there for him when he needed you most.

    Sueb20 thanked Arapaho-Rd
  • 28 days ago

    Sue, thank you for sharing those pictures. I especially love the one with his grandchild. Each of them shows a bit of your dad and it looks like his life is something to celebrate. I wish you comfort and many wonderful memories. I also think he was very lucky to be your dad (and vice versa of course).

    Sueb20 thanked cyn427 (z. 7, N. VA)
  • 28 days ago

    Now that’s a life well-lived -to be remembered as as an involved, loving, kind and generous man to all- I’m not sure you can exit more gracefully than that….

    Sueb20 thanked Bestyears
  • 28 days ago

    Okay, so I tried to delete this, seemed to be confirmed, yet it’s still here. How do I delete a discussion??

  • 28 days ago
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    Sue, I'm so sorry for your loss. The pictures of your dad and the stories about who he was are precious. So glad you were in the country and able to be with him in his last days. Hoping the memories will be a source of comfort in the days ahead.

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  • 28 days ago

    I love those pictures. He was clearly a man who never met a stranger. Thank you for sharing the pictures and memories.

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    Sue, I was afraid you might not be able to delete the entire thread because it had been up for over a week. You still should be able to delete or edit some of your replies, hopefully, the ones with the photos. If you want, a few of us could flag the thread and it will go into the Hzz black hole.

    Sueb20 thanked deegw
  • 28 days ago

    Sue... I'm just checking in and so sorry to read about your father's death. He certainly looked like he enjoyed life. Peace to you and your family.

    Sueb20 thanked czarinalex
  • 28 days ago

    Thanks for sharing these stories and photos of your dad, Sue. What a zest for life he had! I love his bingo baby shirt. Hugs.

    Sueb20 thanked texanjana
  • 28 days ago

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. Thanks for sharing more. What a lively fun man! hugs and ❤️❤️❤️

    Sueb20 thanked 1929Spanish-GW
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    I want to add my condolences. Your dad looked like a wonderful person who made the most of the years given to him! I'm sure he will sorely be missed not only by his family but a large circle of friends.

    Sueb20 thanked Olychick
  • 28 days ago

    Dee, thank you, I just deleted the photo post.

  • 28 days ago

    Ohh, I guess I missed your sharing of memories and photos. It sure sounds like was a treasure. ( I completely understand deleting those). You've got great memories to hold.

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  • 28 days ago

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Condolences and hugs to you.

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    Oh Sue, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I was busy with a family graduation and away from the forum and this very sad time.

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  • 27 days ago

    My condsilences to you and your family

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  • 27 days ago

    My condolences to you and your family. I'm sorry to have missed your photos and sweet tribute.

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  • 27 days ago

    It is very weird to me that the ”last one left” thread just resurfaced…I was just talking to DH about how there is now no one to remember what my early childhood was like, etc. His parents are gone but he has siblings who are 15 and 18 years older who can share the stories.


    Yesterday I put together several bulletin boards of photos for the service and it was not sad at all. Last night my two best friends came over with a huge basket filled with food and flowers. Another good friend brought food the other day. I am blessed with some amazing friends (who also knew and adored my dad). My faraway son and wife are flying in tonight and will be here for the rest of the week. He’s the only grandchild who didn’t see my dad in the hospital; I don’t think the loss feels real to him yet. As you can imagine, my dad was a fantastic grandpa! He told them he loved them and was proud of them every time he spoke to them.


    Weird story. Same son got a letter in the mail from my dad yesterday! The letter had been mailed a month ago. Because he doesn’t check his mail box every day, the letter may have been sitting there a few days — it may actually have arrived on the day my dad died. AND it was postmarked on the first anniversary of DS and DDIL wedding.

  • 27 days ago

    Wow! That gave me (good) chills about the letter. From what you’ve shared about your dad, it doesn’t surprise me. He’s sending love and comfort. ❤️


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  • 26 days ago

    That is a weird, but so cool, story! There are angels among us.


    Months after my paternal grandmother tragically died, I received a card in the mail. I recognized her writing right away. It was a birthday card. She always bought cards ahead of time and had them ready to mail. My aunt found and mailed to me. DH came home from work and I was just sobbing.

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  • 26 days ago

    I'm so sorry your dear dad has passed. You are blessed to have shared life with such a wonderful father. Fond memories will always be with you.

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  • 26 days ago

    Dear sueb, i am sorry to read your sad news and sorry i missed the photos. i am sure you will have a lovely service in rememberence of your dad.

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  • 25 days ago

    Thank you all again. Back to the original issue, I posted this in the bargains thread: I got this sewing machine table free from our town’s buy-nothing FB page. I raised my hand before I had a clue about where to put it, but I love it here! No more bench searches.


    The details on this are so pretty. And it looks good with my dining table, which has a black cast iron base.





  • 25 days ago

    That looks so pretty there, Sue, I love it.

    Sueb20 thanked Jilly
  • 24 days ago

    Sue it brought back happy memories for me as my Mom ( born in 1919) had a Singer much like this . Looks perfect in that spot.

    Sueb20 thanked Irish2
  • 24 days ago

    The woman who gave it to me said it reminded her of her dad, because it had been his. That makes it extra special to me.

  • 24 days ago

    Sue - it was meant to be and it does look nice there. I really like how you can see the decorative

    woodworking on the side and front of the drawers. My grandmother had an old Singer treadle but it was lacked the fancy details.

    Sueb20 thanked maire_cate
  • 6 days ago

    Had to come back and add this story.


    When my dad was near the end, DH found a nickle on the floor in his hospital room. He said something silly like, oh look, a gift from your dad. Then on the day he passed, another coin appeared just outside his room. Okay, not that unusual. Then we went home. Found a penny in the driveway. Hmm.


    On a nice day between dad’s death and his service, DH and I went for a hike in the woods, then stopped for lunch. After lunch, DH stopped in the rest room and while I waited, I randomly walked up the street. Suddenly I came across HUNDREDS of pennies on the sidewalk. Now it’s getting weird.


    Fast forward two weeks and DS and DDIL are here for the closing of their new house. DDIL and I are at the house early the next morning and we walk all around, in every room. The house is completely empty and spotless. We spend extra time in the kitchen, looking at the atrocious decor and specifically talk about the floor. An hour later, DS arrives with DH. DH walks into the kitchen and calls to me, ”did you see this?” You guessed it, a penny on the floor.


    We left the penny on the kitchen window sill.

  • 6 days ago

    Whoa Sue! That’s crazy and wonderful at the same time.


    Accept it as a comforting sign. Whisper to your dad that you get it, he can now start sending paper money.

    Sueb20 thanked maddielee
  • 6 days ago

    LOL Maddie

  • 5 days ago

    Sue, I love love the sewing machine cabinet right there. Years ago there was one similar in a house we were renting and it became our tv stand. I think yours is much nicer.

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