After a little poking around, it dawned on me that the IKEA cabinets that are typically used for over the fridge storage would be the perfect size and a reasonable price. I bought a foam cushion from Joann Fabrics that fit the footprint of the bench perfectly. Then I bought some brown fabric from the bargain basement at Zimman's in Lynn. And finally, I decided to treat myself to having the cushion upholstered by the affordable Melo and Sons Upholstery (historically, I've sewn or tacked together cushion covers myself that looked shoddy at best).
I'm delighted with the result! I use this nook a LOT and so do my visitors. Unfortunately, I still don't like to cook. Kyle Freeman, Interior Redesigner & Professional Organizer of Cloud 9 Organize & Redesign (Images: Kyle Freeman)