I like the lighter, more interesting look.
Here’s a before. It really was quite lovely, but a little plain, and the fabric was not the exact right color to go with the accessories in the room. Time for a change.
I thought I might try painting stripes onto a grain sack that I bought at an estate sale last year. As I began looking through the pile, I found this one–with some faded stripes and a [partial] logo. I decided it would be perfect on the bench.
I gave the wooden frame a light sanding, followed by two coats of antique white paint.