I bargained the seller down $10, and finally had a place to store shoes! For about a month, it sat, topless, in my entryway. The kids used it for its intended purpose anyway, and suddenly, our shoes had a place to call home. When the holidays were over, I finally got around to making a top for it. I went to the fabric store, and spent far more time than was really necessary choosing fabric. It was all so pretty though! The Jo-Ann's was having a sale on upholstery fabric, and I had a 20% off coupon, so the prices that originally had me questioning decision to make my own top turned out to be not so bad after all. I walked out of the store with three and a half yards of this.
Then it was off to select the paint for the bench itself. I thought I nice grey would work, but when I got home with it, my husband suggested trying to match the lighter brown in the fabric. Fortunately I'd just purchased a test pot of the grey, so I was only out $3. I brought a swatch of the fabric with me, and found a pretty close match to the lighter color. I brought it home, and my husband said "oh, so you decided to stick with the grey?" Bah. It matched the lighter color almost perfectly. Not grey.
To make the top, I put the board on top of the foam, and cut the foam to match. I cut the fabric a bit larger than the board, so I'd have enough to stretch around the foam.
Then it was time to paint! Can I just say I hate the trend of making furniture look older than it is, and dirtier than it is? I scrubbed the bench down, and quickly realized that the grimy looking spots were that way purposefully. I don't get it. The new paint looked good though, and covered it up nicely!
To attach the top, I used four small hinges. We don't lift the top to the bench very often, but I like having the ability to get behind the drawers if necessary. It also makes the top easy to remove if I ever want to change the fabric.I just screwed straight though the fabric.