A Winning Project

A Winning Project

This idea had been floating around in my head for a year.  There I sat on the deck every day in an old chair wishing for some pretty furniture.  Click HERE to see the project of building the deck.

This space is usually cluttered with pool toys and various floatation devices.  At five feet off of the ground, it feels a bit like being up in the trees.  But it definitely needed some furniture!  James and I went to Pottery Barn to get inspired and wowsa!  It was fabulous stuff but way out of our price range.  So we decided we could build our own.

We rummaged through the pile of old wood behind the barn and started measuring and adding numbers in our heads.

Figuring out angles and measurements is not my strong suit, so I’m glad to have a CPA smart guy husband to do the heavy thinking.

Since I was planning to add cushions and a skirt, it didn’t matter too much if the wood was rotten looking.

While the guys built the frame for a bench, Patience and I searched through our junk to find a something we could use as a base for a small coffee table.  We settled on this metal basket that I bought at Round Top last spring.

We found bits of beadboard leftover from the ceiling of our front porch.  I painted the beadboard with the paint left from my bathroom floor and left the rest of the bench natural.

The slats in the seat are bits we cut off the end of the deck floor when we built the deck.  Keeping every little scrap has come in handy.  But don’t tell my husband I said so.

I spent a whole day sewing the cushions and pillows.  Making cushions is not my favorite kind of sewing, but I am always glad that I did it after it’s finished.  There are lots of great tutorials on You Tube for learning to sew cushions.  You can do it!

The only purchase was the foam for the cushions and all of the outdoor fabric (all at 50% off!).  My friend Stacy gave me the old burlap sacks that I used around the middle of the cushion.  Thanks Stacy!

I used whatever old pillows I could find and recovered them for the back of the bench.

This one says, “Be Kind,  Ephesians 4:32″.

Confucius say: Many pillows make much happiness

Now I have a lovely spot to lounge with a magazine and pretend to be watching the children swim.

The view from behind the magazine….

Won’t it be nice when the weather cools down?  Once it’s too cold to swim I will be able to hide out there with a book and a blanket.

Year ’round usefulness.

Linking to: Perfectly Imperfect Furniture Party, Transformation Thursday, Furniture Friday

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  1. i LOVED this project!!!

    i totally knew it was yours right away…but i would have voted for it anyway! ;o)

  2. I absolutely love this!!!!!

  3. Can you leave the pillows outside when it rains or do you have to bring them in?

  4. Beautiful job!

  5. I really like what you did with the deck! Our pool is also above ground and our deck is built around it. I have been wanting to build something like this on it. Maybe a project for next summer. Wish I could find some of those burlap sacks!

  6. There’s my fav seating area again! LOVE this!

    I’ve shared it on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 117 best of 2011 outdoors. Because it’s just that good! :)



  7. This is just wonderful. Congratulations. It is so very beautiful and very inviting!!

  8. OMG I love this I am doing this April 1 it is awesome.

  9. Christine McCombs :

    Great job! Love the colors you used!

  10. Hi Lisa, all I can say is WOW! You are incredibly talented. I’m filing this away mentally for when I have a deck, which sadly I don’t right now. :) Thank you for posting it on Hometalk :)

  11. Wow Lisa! You did an amazing job on sewing those cushions. I can sew pretty well but am entirely too lazy for something that complicated. That looks like such a great spot to relax! I am a relocated Texas girl who misses the Hill Country every day!

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful project.

  12. My favorite of all

  13. Awesome Job! So much talent on one deck! Where did you get the cushion foam? I have looked online and have only found some for $127 Each! Looking for something a wee bit cheaper as I need at least 4

  14. This is just what I would love to do on our patio. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love it!

  15. Hello! What an amazing project! I hope to recreate an indoor version for my dining room. Do you by chance know the name/brand of the striped outdoor fabric that you used? It is lovely. Thank you!

  16. Oh my! That looks so cozy with all those cushions.
    It’s really quite incredible when you consider what you had to start with :)

  17. This is amazing. I love everything about it! There is so much seating, the use of space is perfect.

  18. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward
    to new posts.


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