For the seat; I used a drop cloth my husband purchased at Home Depot for another project. I still have lots of material left for more projects. For approximately $6.00, it’s an inexpensive way to reupholster with very durable fabric.
I really piled on the layers here with CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint. The original color of the bench was yellow. I first painted a layer of Chestnut Brown, then Vintage White and finally Kansas Wheat. I distressed the entire surface by rubbing it with a damp cloth to expose all the layers, even some of the yellow. The final step was to wax. I used a combination of clear and aging wax for just the right effect.
And here’s a shot of the original bench. I’m not sure I would have chosen these exact finishes for the dining room but it’s a comfortable, well padded bench and it works! Now to find the chairs I want for the other side of the table. (Smiles)