Small Workshop Storage Solutions: Eke out every cubic inch of storage in a basement shop with pivoting boxes that hang between the ceiling joists. http://www.familyhandyman.com/workshop/storage/small-workshop-storage-solutions/view-all
100 year old recipe I found on youtube: A pound of beeswax, cut up to speed melting. Then take it off the flame and add 8oz of boiled linseed oil and 8oz of turpentine. Stir continuously. As it becomes a paste scoop in to a sealable container. For use on canvas, leather, wood and metal. Waterproofs and protects.
Make yourself a durable, weather tested bench with concrete blocks, PT lumber, a nice cushion (all on sale, of course).... Bet you could Velcro tab a backseat cushion vs. using pillows!) Cheap .. ?? not sure about the cost. Price locally for supplies.