I gently distressed the edges and details, then sealed the whole thing with a matte Diamond Coat by Pure Earth Paint. The knobs were an unusual size / shape, so instead of changing them out I sprayed them with a hammered metal look Rustoleum paint.
Here is the Before and After. Isn't it stunning?
We cut a board to size to just fit along the edges of the bench. I think this is a more comfortable option than just covering the inset where the cane used to be! It also gives a little bit more of a sleek, put-together look.
I cut the batting to fit over all of the foam, and just overlap the board by about 1/4 - 1/2 inch when pulled snugly. Watch out to not pull it too tight, or you will end up with bulges and ripples in your foam. The upholstery material was cut a little wider, so that I could fold over the edge and end with a neat, clean line that would not fray. Make sure to lay it wrong side up, so that the pattern you want to see is against the floor, and will be on top of your final cushion.
Time for the power tools! We used an air compressor with a trim gun attachment to first attach the batting, stapling the middles of the long sides first, then pulling the batting straight and tight as we moved toward the edges. Then we repeated with the upholstery fabric, folding under along the edges and making clean, neat folds at the ends - much like gift wrapping.
Here's another view!
What's your favorite color blend? I'd love to hear your inspiration!