Let me just say that I love estate sales! They are my second favorite place to find neglected or abused furniture (first, of course is curbside). This forlorn little bench seat was sitting over in the corner and absolutely no one was paying any attention to it.
Okay, it was scratched and the upholstered seat was a mess but the joints were tight and it was solid. Turns out, it originally had a caned seat and when that broke, a previous owner had made this upholstered seat. Great idea but once the upholstery job started to go, they must have said, "enough!"
I've been using a lot of black recently, so I decided to stay with it a little while longer.
The bench is painted black and the upholstery is black, which gives it a dressier look. I then offset the dressy look by distressing some of the wood and using a knotted jute trim tied for the tufting. What do you think?