Then at some point it ended up in a mechanics shop where it was kicked, scraped, spilled on and just generally abused.
I started by removing the leather like material and tossing it. The foam underneath seemed salvageable so I put it in the wash a few times with a bit of bleach.
Next was lots and lots of sanding....
I left a distressed look to the wood but sanded down the splinters and deeper scrapes along with most of the old paint.
Then I applied a tinted polyurethane.
Put the now clean foam back on...
and stapled on a bright new fabric.