I made a few changes to Ana's plans to basically work with my cushions. I found cushions on clearance at Ballard's Backroom. I had to adjust the size of the sofas in order to fit the cushions. I also adjusted the height of the sofa, as I found it to be a little higher than I would have liked. The project took a while to complete, but it wasn't due to difficulty. This was an easy project for a novice like myself. I just primed every piece of wood with exterior primer and then painted the whole thing with 2 coats of exterior paint. It was the drying time that added to the total project time.
I also made a cocktail ottoman out of a lounge chair cushion that I purchased at Ballard's. Basically, the ottoman is a rectangular box built to the size of the cushion. I added feet purchased at Home Depot just to make it look a little less box-like. I applied a couple of coats of primer as well as the exterior paint to every piece.
Behr Ultra Exterior Paint in Satin Finish - Espresso Beans