I’ve had my eye on this outdoor sectional since my friend, Nancy purchased it about 5 years ago.
I have many great memories of lounging on this furniture around her pool. Brooks and I have been undergoing a major backyard renovation these last several months including the installation of a new flagstone patio. Since most of our budget went into building the patio, I had to get creative about how to fill the space with furniture. This is where Nancy’s Pottery Barn Chesapeake Outdoor sectional comes into the story. Nancy wanted Brooks to do some painting for her. She was ready for an update to her outdoor space and offered her sectional as a trade. I jumped right on it, because I saw the potential. Brooks wasn’t quite so sure that this was a fair trade. Maybe because A) He had to do all the painting at Nancy’s B) He had to pick it up from her house and deliver it to our house and C) It needed A LOT OF WORK. Sometimes it takes Brooks a little while to catch on to my vision, but he gave me the benefit of the doubt.
This is what the sectional looked like when we got it.
The wood was weathered. The cushions were mildewed. I knew it could be rehabbed with a little elbow grease and perseverance. It started with an internet search for cleaning outdoor furniture cushions. I really couldn’t find anything that was helpful, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. It started with wetting the cushions with the hose. Next I sprayed a solution of 75% bleach and 25% water onto the mildewed spots. I waited about 10 minutes and then sprayed them again. Next, I took a bar of Fels Naptha soap and rubbed it all over the cushions and rubbed and scrubbed with a scrub brush.
Then, I hosed the cushions down and let them dry. Once dry they still had mildew stains. So, next I sprayed the bleach solution directly on the mildew spots on the dry cushions and left them in the sun for about 30 minutes and the mildew stains disappeared. YAHOO!! I then rinsed again with the hose and let them dry. After they dried, I sprayed them with Scotch Guard for outdoor fabrics because I hope I NEVER have to do all this work again.
While I was working on the cushions, Brooks was working on the frame.
He brushed on a heavy coat of Stain and Seal in Rich Brown . The wood soaked it up. We put the cushions back on and Voila, we had a pretty presentable rehabbed outdoor sofa.
I love working with Brooks on projects like this. It forces both of us to use our brains, muscle and creativity. We put in about 12 hours working on this sofa and neither of us could walk for two days after 🙂
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If you are wondering what my friend Nancy had to say about the transformation, and I quote: “I’m never giving you anything again”. You really have to know her to appreciate the comment because here she is enjoying herself like I know she will be all summer 🙂
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