Outdoor Sofa Makeover

Patio furniture makeover

Our patio makeover is finally finished! Seriously, it’s so hard to work on a space when it has rained everyday for 3 weeks straight here in NC all after a tropical storm came through our area. That being said, it was a beautiful 4th of July weekend & we got to put the finishing touches on our back patio this past weekend…finally! I will be showing you the whole space very soon, but for now I just wanted to show you a few details of the space starting with the outdoor sofa that we re-did for the space. Our goal for the space was to thrift, re-use, & recycle most of the items that we used in the back patio space. This couch was no exception & was purchased at our local thrift store for less than $30. Our thrifted outdoor sofa makeover was the first step in styling this space. It’s a lovely solid piece of furniture that just needed some love. I loved the shape & all of the foam was in perfect condition, which is a definite plus!

Ok. Maybe a lot of love. & look at that crazy grass haha, I believe it was actually raining when I took the “before” photo too. I used some satin black spray paint to touch up the entire sofa. Remember {these} DIY placemat pillows I made recently? Well I bought the matching tablecloth not knowing what I was going to use it for at the time. I’m so glad I did because I used it to cover the bottom cushions of this piece. That way it’s easy to remove and wash when needed. for the back cushions I simply used standard sized pillows covered in burlap. All of the accent pillows I had lying around our house not being used.


What do you think of the outdoor sofa makeover? I will be showing you more of the space very soon so stay tuned for that! Have you ever thrifted & painted some outdoor furniture before? Find me on Facebook & Instagram for more updates.


  1. That is an awesome find. I love the shape of that sofa! I have a large plant stand that we have on our lower patio that we never use that I need to spray paint. It went from a dark green to an ugly blue color over time which I thought was strange. Your post motivated me to paint it and bring it up to the porch! Question: Do you bring your cushions in when there is a chance of rain? I’ve thought about using indoor fabrics outdoors on the porch but worry about them holding up.

    • It has not rained here since I put the cushions out… but my plan is to move the sofa to the center of the gazeebo and put something over the sofa, but I also plan on using the spray that protects fabrics and makes them outdoor approved this week. I will probably do a post/video on that. and I can be your guinea pig to see if it helps! haha I hope this helps & I’m so glad you are motivated to paint your plant stand… My porch needs a pretty plant stand I will be on the hunt for one now :) :)

  2. Love it, what a great makeover, and your patio is gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  3. Oh my GOOOOOODDDDDNEESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is soooo awesome!!!! I wish I had your nack for seeing things in a new light like you do! This looks FANTASTIC!!

  4. Really like how you mixed up the fabrics! I have a tip….coat your fabrics with a fabric spray used in the marine industry. Here’s a link…http://www.firstchoicemarine.com/m-25-303-aerospace-protectant.aspx
    You’ll be glad you protected them! Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick.

  5. Dying to see the rest my beautiful blogger friend!! On the edge of my seat!

  6. I love it!
    I have to do something similar for my Ikea sofa!
    Regards from Spain!

  7. Michelle says:

    Nice job – I would even use it inside as an extra sofa or day bed – I love indoor/outdoor type furniture – Summers are short in Vermont – I love the black paint and the ticking cover

    • Thank you Michelle! I agree.. this bed would look so good in our house.. and it may just end up in our house in the winter time ;) we shall see!! :)

  8. Alexis Peck says:

    I want to see more!!!! Lol

  9. Terri Galvan says:

    Love it. You are so good at what you call thrift & re-using…. seriously- love your finds! My husband would be like, what the H? haha. Can’t wait to see the rest of the space. I totally want to do our casita after our “newlyweds” move out in August- super fun & rustic. I love the window pane headboard you did in your guest bedroom with the white fluffy pillows.

    • Thank you Terry!! My husband has got so used to my crazy antics that he’s doing it himself now!!! haha it’s so fun to do all of this as a team now, It’s brought our marriage to a whole new level now that we share this passion together. I’m excited for you to work on your space once your newly weds move out.. you will have so much fun doing that :)

  10. I’m so in love with that couch and a little annoyed I can’t go get it online ;) Those seem to be the best finds though- the one-of-a-kinds!

  11. Love this so much! Question, what is the sofa made of? Wood, wicker, metal?

  12. WOW! I love it! Such a cool find : )

  13. Love it! great find :)

  14. Love what u did to the couch! Now if I could only find one for myself!

  15. I’m totally inspired! I have an empty back porch, and usually when I see patio furniture, I don’t even like it, but this I LOVE!

    • That makes my heart so happy Beja! Thank you so much for your sweet comment & I’m so happy that you were inspired! Good luck finding some out of the ordinary patio furniture :)

  16. This turned out awesome Liz!! Can’t wait to see more of your outdoor space!

    • Thank you so so much Tonya!! I can’t wait to show you & I CAN’T WAIT to see your finished pergola!! holy crap it’s going to be pretty! :) :)

  17. That looks wonderful Liz! How smart to use a tablecloth!

  18. I’ve been kicking myself in the butt for the longest time for throwing out an outdoor sofa very similar to this one after my husband and I moved into a tiny apartment to save some money. Now, I’m kicking myself even harder. I have all the space in the world for outdoor furniture with this house and I wish I could recreate this! It’s super beautiful and I applaud you for savings vs. tossing.

  19. I love the way this turned out. The mix of pillows is fabulous. Can’t wait to see the rest because I love that coffee table!

  20. I LOVE the fabrics you selected! Amazing makeover :)

  21. Oh my goodness you did such a lovely job on this piece! I love it! The perfect spot to relax and enjoy some time in the outdoors this summer:)

  22. Wow! This looks wonderful. I love how you made pillows out of tea towels and shopped your house. Such a transformation! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  23. this looks so great Liz! using a tablecloth…genius!

  24. I love finding a piece of furniture with great potential and then making it over. It looks awesome, you did a great job! I love your site- so glad I came across it.

  25. Great job! I’m sure it was time consuming, but worth it!

  26. I have a sad outdoor couch that desperately needs something like this- thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Wow! This looks SO much better! I am currently planning a bench makeover and this is great inspiration!

  28. Your outdoor space looks lovely! I can’t wait to make our back porch somewhere we want to hang out. Here in Texas in the summer though, that is so not happening – maybe in the fall though!
    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s link party ;)

  29. Wow great makeover of that couch!! I love it!! I am going to pin it, I love it so much!! Have a great day, Lori

  30. What an awesome makeover! I can’t believe it! I’ve pinned this to a large group board for all to see! Thank you for linking up at The Weekly Creative!

    Reasons To Skip The Housework

  31. WHat an amazing transformation! I love all the different fabric on the sofa. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-16.html

  32. Wow! This looks so great. I think I would have just passed that old sofa by, but you really made it look so great – totally new and refreshed! I would love for you to share this over at my link party, Ginger Jamboree. I’m also having a fun giveaway today!

  33. I love this project! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday. I’m also pinning this :)

  34. Beautiful Job Liz! I love it all. Great color palette. XO jen

  35. love the makeover..i am looking for some helpful ideas for my patio..i am sure these would look pretty awesome..

  36. My dream retirement locale is Portugal! I’ve study that it is THE place to retire in Europe due to a reduced than average cost of living , a large coastline (so it’s a lot easier to live close to the ocean), and a lot less citizenship/visa red tape.

  37. Amazing work done by you for this sofa makeover . Changing the sofa cover and adding pillow make it beautiful. I think idea is great and i can also use for my old sofa . Thank you for this simple and interesting technique .


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