Here's a before shot:
Being a quilter, I wanted to incorporate that in the bench. And what's better than a hexagon? Lots of them!
There are a lot of favorites in there, some Heather Ross dwarfs, a Red Riding Hood, lots of mushrooms, strawberries, bugs, dinosaurs, you name it. (I also wanted to make it a bit of "I spy" for my boys.) So after I had pieced them all together by hand, I took some batting and quilted it with straight lines on the batting.
And then I upholstered the bench seat with it by stapling it to the wood (of course I had removed the ugly tan and brown cover before!)
Not too shabby for it's age, no?