Creating an Outdoor Oasis with What You’ve Got

July 5, 2011

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.

The side tables were on clearance at Target for $20 a piece.  The vases were actually black vases I had that I painted green …

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!




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