I told her to send it back here with my son and I'd see if it could be fixed to sell. At any rate, she had to pay to bring it to the dump, so I took it off her hands.
This is one of the ends/arms before repurposing...
I think it is part wood, part mdf, with a metal bar across the top.
I spray painted the futon ends/arms a grayish color (to match my weathered gray planters and deck) and distressed them just a bit. Then I set them behind a weathered old cedar planter along my deck. The three indentations were perfect for decoration. So I added two little flowered plates and a white cupid (made in Japan) and spray painted white.
The bedding plants, (impatiens, purple petunia, and alyssum were just planted and look pretty sparse. (We have been having frost warnings here in Northern Minnesota almost all week)
The OLD COLLEGE FUTON arms! I think I might have a plan for the rest of that old futon too!