Long before my parent's piano came to live at my house a few years ago, its matching bench that I remember taking ill-fated piano lessons on as a child gave up the ghost. It was replaced with a black bench complete with a snazzy cream leatherette seat.
I was not a fan. Especially after it started to show some wear and tear.
I've had plans to fix it up for a long time, but nothing serious until I stumbled across some fabric recently at my local Home Fabrics store. They carry a lot of discontinued fabrics, so their stock is always changing and they can be a fun place to waste a couple hours on a rainy morning while your kids are in school.
The fabric that I found was linen, a chocolate brown and aqua Ikat - I have no idea who made it or what it was called, I just know that there was only a yard or so left and I paid $3 for it. Score.
I sanded the piano bench well and brushed on some oil-based primer before spraying it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White. The whole project, including recovering the cushion, took me less than a couple hours.
I love easy fixes, especially when they cost less than $10!