My mom is on vacation in NYC right now, so I swiped this bench from her house. It's been in the family for MANY years, and obviously it has seen better days. My plan is to take it apart, sand the pieces down, refinish them, and reupholster the bench, then sneak it back into the house next time they go on a trip. I'm a little nervous because I've never done a project like this before, but I've done a lot of repainting old furniture so I don't think it will be too difficult.
What I AM struggling with is finding a fabric similar to the original. I think when I take it apart I'm just going to take the remaining fabric from underneath to the fabric store and beg someone to help me, because browsing fabrics on the web I'm not coming up with anything similar that I think would look nice on this bench. The original silvery-blue-green is really lovely and would fit into my mom's decor perfectly.
Poor old bench...
Here is the remaining piece of the original fabric that I'd like to match.