My latest home addition. This was an old piano bench that I found at the second-hand shop for about $25. It was covered with a piece of faded cracked leather and the inside had two broken hinges attached to one side, so the cushion was sitting freely on the top. There were quite a few marks and rust stains on the unsealed wood as well.
I took the cushion pad off and used pliers to rip out the old screws and hinges, plus any bits of old nails. Then I sanded and tidied up the body, and spray-painted it a bright gloss red. The wood grain still comes through a little bit, which I like. I re-covered the cushion pad in a cotton dobby fabric from Spotlight: chocolate brown with a white self-patterned design. Then we bought new hinges and attached the cushion to the body, and I also attached a chain on the inside to stop the hinges swinging too far back. All that's left to do is to attach some calico or similar on the inside, to cover up the raw edges of the dobby and to create a nice smooth finish underneath the cushion.