Built-in benches add character and convenience! See seven places to add one on Centsational Style: http://www.bhg.com/blogs/centsational-style/2012/11/07/7-spaces-for-built-in-benches/?socsrc=bhgpin110812builtinbenches
Painted ceiling; I am loving painted ceilings lately. If only I could get the popcorn off mine! The painter said they've been painted over and it would be a PITA to remove. Someday I might do it anyway.