Weather-proofing a Vintage Daybed?

Weather-proofing a Vintage Daybed?

Colleen Quinn
Oct 13, 2009

Q: I picked up this daybed (which included ripped vinyl cushions, not pictured) for a song at a local thrift shop. The living room of my our new place doesn't have a space for it. However, my dream is to have an outdoor living room on our deck, and this would be perfect- if I could weatherproof it...

Sent by Tara

The daybed is currently living in our basement until I can repurpose it. The daybed is made of sturdy, solid wood which already has a light coat of varnish on it, and the springs and supports are metal. My questions are:

  • Would some coats of outdoor paint or varnish on the wood and metal make it weatherproof? Any suggestions about what type, brands, and how many coats?

  • What materials (fabrics and stuffing) could I use for cushions that wouldn't hold water/moisture, or become mold factories? I'm a decent seamstress, and could sew the cushions myself if I had a shove in the right direction in terms of materials.

Editor: Tara- We love the look of the daybed and applaud your desire to repurpose this piece to better meet your needs. That said, our only experience using indoor furniture outside was definitely not a success, so we're opening this up to our talented readers for some clear guidance on how to make this project work...

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