So while I've been thinking of this reno, I've been debating to take that sledge hammer to this bar area. It's basically a landing spot for my purse, or when I'm having big parties it's where food goes to rest. To make it more functional and family/guest friendly, I'm seriously debating on putting in a banquette. It'd be very inexpensive to do, and would compliment the age of my home.
Here's some wonderful inspiration: ( 2nd pic is the table I lust for )