It was in pretty bad condition so I did a little research and found the most important step was to use a oil based primer and to seal it in the end. I have to say I was pretty impressed with the end result.
The not so pretty before with really bad sun damage.
Spray painted 3 coats of black semi gloss
Sealed it with a coat of Helmsman® Spar Urethane since it is specially formulated for exterior or interior wood that is exposed to sunlight.
I found this damask print cushion on amazon.
Now if the sun would come out I could really enjoy this space.