My kitchen table is a hand-me-down from my great grandmother. The table is in great condition but the chairs are falling apart. Actually the chairs were also in good condition until they came to live at my house. When we got down to two chairs I figured it was time to do something about it. I started hunting for replacement chairs that would look good with my table but the only ones I could find were almost $80 each and I would have to assemble and stain them myself so that was out. I don't have enough confidence in myself to try building chairs from scratch and the pieces to build a chair would cost about $75 so I decided a bench would do fine.
Now I just have to stain it to match the table but I think I'm gonna save that for next week.