Our patio furniture is in great shape but the cushions could use a little help. I never ended up getting patio covers to protect them and I didn't spray them with any protectant or anything. Considering they have been outside with no protection from sun or rain for almost 4 years, I'd say they've done pretty well. But i bet if I recover them and make covers to protect them when we aren't using them, they would probably stay looking great for as long as we have them!
Here's why i want to recover them, you can see how the fabric is starting to rip as it is just disintegrating:
I really like this article I read on the LiveLoveDIY blog about how to combine colors and patterns (click the pic to go to the article):
And last but not least, I will need to choose a color of Sunbrella Marine fabric to make the covers. You can buy it at www.sailrite.com and there are lots of different colors. I'm thinking maybe something bright and cheery that matches whatever we choose for the sofa and chairs.