The owner of this bench wanted it to be stained and recovered. It is a nice old oak bench and with a little care it will still be around for a lot longer. I filled holes, glued and clamped a split and did several other repairs. I did sand, but did not fix every little nick. I didn't want it to lose its character. The owner brought me a gray stain that she had used on her cabinets, some foam, and fabric. After sanding I applied the stain and after waiting two days, I applied Howard's Wax and Feed. It is very easy to use and I have always been happy with it. After about twenty minutes I rubbed the excess off. Before the staining I had removed the lid of the bench. This fabric went well with the gray stain, and I covered the lid and re-attached it to the bench. The owner will be picking it up tomorrow and I hope it is exactly what she hoped for!