Here is a picture of the before:
After just a few hours, I sanded the snot out of that thing, painted it black, distressed it, padded it, then upholstered it with a wool-feeling check fabric, changed the hardware and now you have it....
The secret to pulling this up cycle off the cheapest way possible is the foam insert. You can pay upwards of $70 a yard for high density foam at a fabric store. Def not my thing to pay that much for foam. My bright idea was to go to Walmart and pick up these... a foam mattress pad for $15. Remember these mattress pads? We used these before the memory foam revolution. I just doubled it and then used a batting on top then the fabric.