Our West Elm Inspired Sectional (Part 2)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 of our DIY outdoor sectional.  While Justin was busy sanding and staining, I was given the task of making the cushions. Although I know most people wouldn’t select white fabric for anything going outdoors, I just couldn’t get over how great it looked in the West Elm catalog so I decided to go for it! To my surprise it was almost impossible to find white outdoor fabric, which is weird since every HGTV show uses it when they do outdoor spaces and West Elm had it as an option for their cushions. So instead of finding outdoor fabric, we had to settle with buying a durable white fabric and then spraying it with a waterproofing spray (came from a fabric store) so it would be protected outdoors. Let’s just be honest, spraying fabric to make it water repellent just wasn’t the same thing as using an outdoor fabric.

Regardless, after the fabric had been sprayed, I proceeded to make the cushions using these directions.  I didn’t have any prior experience making cushions, but the directions were fairly easy (although time consuming). This was definitely the biggest sewing project I have ever worked by myself and it was definitely far from perfect. I must admit that I even sewed one of the backs of the cushions inside out, but at that point in the project I was pretty much over it so I just left it. Finally, I finished the seat cushions and the back cushions.

Now, I will be the first to admit that if I could do this over I would probably have them professionally made and I would definitely use a different color for the fabric.  At the end of the day, we were really pleased with the sectional and you have to admit that the dark wood with the white fabric looks pretty awesome (at least from a distance!).
Unfortunately, I don't remember the total cost for the project, but to buy it from West Elm would have been over $1500 (the cushions alone were $500). I am certain that our grand total cost less than just the cushions from West Elm which makes all of the work worth it to me!


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