I had dead space and needed additional seating in the kitchen/dinette area for family and friends.
Went to a local salvage store and purchased my materials for less than $25.00. Scrap laminate hardwood flooring, formica countertop, trim, and old porch post.
Cut formica countertop to size. Cut porch post in half and attached all to existing countertop and floor.
Painted wood white (chalk paint). Sealed painted wood with soft clear wax, 2 coats, buffing between coats. Painted countertop with craft metallic paint (white, black, dark grey, light gray). Sealed with three coats clear gloss wipe-on poly. I did three coats, lightly sanding between coats.