If you've got an old bench that needs a little love, consider upholstering it for a new look. A while ago, AT:Chicago posted a great set of how-to instructions for bench upholstery from Shelly, one of the winners of the January Jumpstart Contest. We also found some inspiring refurbished benches and good ideas on Etsy...
Top: A bright pattern on a clean-lined modern bench updates an antique. This Poppy Bench is from Spruce Home, $215 plus free shipping in the US.
A wide, low bench can double as a coffee table. This Mid-Century Style Sofa Bench is from Lunar Lounge Design, $399 plus shipping from Canada.
A little easier than a DIY reupholstery project: painting a bench frame and adding a removable cushion. This Hollywood Regency Bench is from Aqua Designs, $395 plus approx. $65 shipping in the US.