Project Restyle: Outdoor Couch

How we restyled an outdoor couch www.abeautifulmess.comI found this cute outdoor couch at a flea market with Elsie about 3-4 months ago. I'd been meaning to give it a little TLC, as it wasn't in the best condition when I bought it.Outdoor couch restyleThe "bones" of the couch were really cute! I could immediatley picture this looking really great and adding extra seating to my back deck. When I bought it the structure was pretty dingy and showed a lot of wear. Also the seat cushions were not all-weather friendly. If this couch was left out in the rain, I could see the seats being soggy for days afterward. Not ideal for outdoor furniture. Restyled outdoor couchThe first step I took to giving this little couch new life was to remove the cushions and give the overall structure a fresh coat of paint. I used Valspar's (spray) paint for plastic in white. If the structure hadn't been mostly white to begin with I would have painted on a few coats of primer first. But since it was already white, it didn't need this added step. If you're working on outdoor furniture always check that your paint choices are outdoor friendly and will be able to hold up against the elements for a reasonable amount of time. I imagine in a few years this will need another fresh coat of paint. But since it only took one can of paint and about 30 minutes of time, I GUESS I can manage that every few years. :)How to update an outdoor couchNext I needed to update the cushions to be more outdoor friendly. First off, if your budget works to get a project professionally reupholstered I highly recommend it. Espeically if you are a novice at reupholstering (you can't see it but I'm raising my hand right now). But if your project is pretty simple, on a small budget then don't be afraid to go for it. I choose to cover my cushion with oil cloth that I bought on Etsy. It helped me to think of each cushions like wrapping a birthday present. I started on two opposite ends, pulling the fabric tight before I stapled it (with a staple gun) to the underside of the cusion. Then I moved on to the other two edges, folding the edges in and pulling it tight before stapling.Restyled outdoor couch www.abeautifulmess.comI really loved how this simple update turned out. I'm excited to enjoy a cup of coffee on my back deck, sitting on my "new" couch. Thanks for letting me share. xo. Emma

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