Outdoor Sectional- The Great Outdoors

I can't thank Ana enough for her plans on this project. We recently purchased a big project house that was going to need a lot of work (and a lot of money.) That's why I was thrilled to find Ana's plans for the exact West Elm Wood Slat Sectional I was eying for my screened in porch. The exact configuration at West Elm would have cost $2130, but I built it and sewed all the cushions for just $288! Ana's sewing plan was really helpful too, but I altered mine to include zippers in the back to remove the fabric for washing, and ties to hold the cushions securely to the sectional. We finished the sectional with super easy india ink and poly for a deep black finish that still shows the wood grain. The screened in porch is now our favorite room in the house! Thanks Ana!

Estimated Cost
$288 with all cushions and pillows
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine boards.
Finish Used
India Ink- Found in art supplies stores this thin, watery ink goes on with a sponge brush and soaks completely into the wood leaving a deep, dark wood finish that still shows the wood grain. No need to worry about drips or evenness, this finish goes on in one coat and is super easy, especially on a tricky, large piece like this. Topped with 3 coats of water based poly.
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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 11:05

This looks really super! I clicked on your blog link and read a few entries (funny!) You did a great job! Love the fabric for the cushions too. How much India ink did it take to stain a piece this big? Did it take a long time to dry? cheers!

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