Patio Sofa Reveal – DIY

Good evening friends!

I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend. I plan to do a weekend recap tomorrow since our latest DIY post is ready for it’s reveal…finally! I’ll let Brett take it away from here, so I wish you all a nice and productive week ahead.

Dumpster Dive Sofa Spruce-Up

Hey guys, Brett here. I recently went on a fishing trip with my friend Ryan. On our ride back home, he and I spotted this old sofa in a garbage pile on side of the road. It was quite difficult to envision how I would recreate this piece while standing on side of the road, but I knew I could do something to bring this old forgotten wood sofa back to life. 


First, I decided to strip the piece down to its frame and start fresh. I used a gel paint stripper to remove varnish and then used a belt sander to take the old stain finish out.


I then used two types of baseboard panels to dress up the frame of the sofa. I simply secured them into place with my brad nailer and sanded the seem flush. In this picture I was testing the placement of the wooden feet.


I drilled holes in the base and fitted four unfinished wood feet that I purchased from the hardware store. To create the seat and backing of the sofa, I used tongue and groove pine panels. I applied some construction adhesive in grooves and clamped all the panels, allowing it to dry overnight. The following day, I used wood screws to secure the panelling to the frame of the sofa, and used wood putty to fill the holes made by the brad nailer and screws.


Because of the size of the sofa, I applied Dark Walnut stain by MinWax with my garden sprayer.


I allowed the stain to set in for a few minutes, and then wiped away the excess stain with a large towel. I let the piece dry overnight.


After the stain was dried, I applied three coats of Helman’s exterior spar varnish. Because the piece of furniture was going on our patio, I knew it would need an exterior sealer to withstand the elements.


And finally, we added some outdoor pillows for additional comfort and color.

DSC03642This dumpster dive project did require a number of materials, but cost were still kept to a minimal. For lumber, feet, and finishes (not including pillows) the cost totaled $78.00.

At first, I had a hard time re-imagining this piece, so I simply walked down the lumber aisle at the hardware store and brainstormed as I browsed. I had fun with this project, and I learned it is sometimes better to have no plan at all. I decided to “go with the flow” on this project, and it paid off! Celina and I were very happy with the end result and have already enjoyed a few evenings on our new outdoor sofa.



6 thoughts on “Patio Sofa Reveal – DIY

  1. Jamie Noto

    Good evening!!! Great job on the sofa! I love it and you should get lots of enjoyment from it! Just to let you know I shopped Home Depot today and purchased the Behrs concrete stain for my back patio! I watched the DVD and I know I can do this! I’m just waiting for our weather here in south central Texas to dry out and warm up just a bit more then I’ll be ready to start! Wish me luck!


  2. Mike Juneau

    I was lucky enough to witness the project from start to finish. Beautiful! Bret has a few pieces I am quite fond of……like that coffee table! Nice work Bret. Very creative. Talented


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