After I removed the fabric and took over sanding the wood (you do not need to sand when using chalk paint; however, I didn't know if I would be distressing this piece, so I sanded down any rough spots for a smooth, clean, painted look), I painted the wood white with two coats of chalk paint.
After MUCH debate and polling on social media because I was so torn, I decided on the blue fabric that I bought at IKEA during the summer of 2012.
Choosing the fabric was a very hard choice because I absolutely loved both looks.
However, before I could upholster this piece, I had to buy a replacement piece of wood for the seat as the original wood had deteriorated over time. To save time, and so I didn't have to pull out my saw during our Northeast winter here, I had our wood cut to size (a wonderful complimentary service) at Lowe's as my girls and I watched from the sidelines.
Once the wood was cut, I upholstered it by simply placing the fabric over the padding while pulling the fabric taunt and even while stapling it on the backside of the wood.
After I painted the wood and before I attached the cushion, I applied two coats of soft clear wax over the chalk paint.
Here is a before and after look:
What do you think of the fabric choice? Do you think I should take this redo a step further by distressing the wood? I would love for you to share your thoughts!