I wouldn't dream of painting the wood, but the beige top needed a bit of a makeover. I hit up Joanns fabrics this weekend and picked out a striped fabric. This was my first venture into upholstery and it went surprisingly well. It was as simple as measuring round the outside of the cushion, cutting the fabric about 2" wider around all sides, and stapling away.
A little Paul Smith-esque, perhaps??
I love how it turned out.