My mom does a "clean-out" every once in a while and I tend to inherit much of what she's trying to rid herself of. This bench was one of those gems! At first I thought I'd paint it a funky color but I really love the wood.... I have a hard time painting something that looks good in its original condition.... so, I left it alone. You can see the seat in the background.... ugh! I don't think they padded it much at all the first time.