I didn’t know what to do with this old daybed I had. I didn’t really have a use for it in the house, and it was looking pretty tattered. I have always liked the look of an outdoor space that has the feel of an indoor space (comfortable, layered, cohesive), so I thought why not try to make this indoor piece “outdoor.” A daybed is perfect for that sort of look.
To get started, I went to Home Depot (my mom pronounces Depot with a short e … don’t ask) to ask the experts how to accomplish this. I think that place is magical BTW. I am awed everytime I go in there. It seems like everyone knows how to do EVERYTHING. I don’t get it. I wish I had those skills.
Anyways, they told me I needed to first sand down the painted wood that now had chippings covering the surface.
Here is the original …
Pretty shabby huh?
Here is before and after sanding (I’ve always wanted to a before and after pic!) …
Second and final step – paint with a semi-gloss or gloss finish outdoor paint. I used black. Here is the result! Outdoor oasis revealed …
I got the mattress at R&S mattress. Make sure your mattress can be used outdoors, and make sure to get an outdoor cover. The rug is actually two outdoor rugs put together that I got at IKEA. One was a sample, so I got it half off! The ottoman and lanterns are also from IKEA.
Finally, I bought the pillows on sale at West Elm and Crate & Barrel. The front two are from West Elm, and the gray pillows are from Crate & Barrel, Sunbrella brand (tested and proven to last a very long time against extended sun and weather exposure).
Happy summer SaucyPants!