Outdoor seating makeover
Andrea Bellamy |

Wanted: Equinox two-seater from Barlow Tyrie

Runway: Equinox two-seater from Barlow Tyrie

Reality: second-hand sofa with good bones.

I’ve been looking for seating for our back patio for what feels like forever. I had a very specific idea of the clean, modern look I wanted, but it was a classic case of champagne taste on a beer budget (the Equinox sofa, at top, retails for over $2000). So when I saw this old metal-framed sofa and matching lounge chair at a second-hand shop, I jumped.

Sofa, stripped down to its frame

I figured we could strip the pieces down to their metal frames, paint them, and refit the frames with cedar slats (the original cushions were wood-backed).

Sofa, with cedar slats.

Cheaper and quicker than powder coating, RustOleum matte pewter spray paint easily covered the frames – and looks great! Cedar slats, stained with Sikkens Cetol-1 in Natural, provided a stable base that can be left outside year round, and look half decent even without the cushions.

Finally, we had cushions made (out of Sunbrella Charcoal Tweed #6007), added some throw pillows, and voila!

The lack of furniture was my final stumbling block to acheiving patio greatness. Now that it’s complete, a great many gin and tonics will be consumed there (at least until the rains start).

Check back later this week to see before and after shots of the entire patio!



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