Paint Wood Furniture Ideas : The Church Pew
Poooooor poor Tim. Here’s how the saga of the church pews went down…
K: Honey, let’s go for a drive with the kids.
T: Sure, where are we going?
K: Oh, let’s just toodle around downtown.
K: Oh, can you just pull in here for a second?
K: Brian (my dad) is meeting us here to pick up some 8′ long church pews.
T: CHURCH PEWS? Jesus Christ Kylie, WHAT are we going to do with 8′ long church pews…? (sorry for the sacrilege there, but it is authentic.)
Yes, I bought 2 – 8-foot long church pews (and entirely underestimated how big they REALLY were until I got them home. Oh well, too late now!
I decided that one of them was destined for Maggie’s room – which will be a project for down the road. The other one? Definitely for the dining room…
The bones were there but make no bones about it – the wood would not stay!
So, I decided to try something new this time. It’s frickin’ cold out and I didn’t want to haul it outside, so on the advice of a Home Depot dude I gave it a rough-up with a green scrubby pad (which etched it but produced no dust) and applied Behr 2 in 1 eggshell paint.
I distressed it (150grit sandpaper to the edges and wear areas) and applied chocolate brown glaze to it (then wiped it off to produce the aged effect)
The result? Well in most spots it distressed quite well, but there were a few spots that ‘peeled’ when I distressed them – meaning the paint didn’t really sink its teeth in and I should’ve scrubbed a bit more with the green scrubby. Overall, I’d say it’s successful though as the paint will only get harder over the next few weeks as it cures.
Now I have a great spot to store my vintage suitcase (another of Tim’s favourite things…not) The salmon coloured stripe on it ties into the church pew perfectly!
Overall I’m SUPER happy with both my church pew and my kids art gallery.
It does help to see the before and after……and I’m still an ‘after’ girl. I love the feeling and the flow it gives the room.
Well, I have to admit I thought you had definitely lost your marbles when I heard you bought church pews…but, it looks pretty darn good (so I apologize profusely for sniggering behind your back) 😉 Honestly I can’t decide which I like the best – and I have always LOVED how the hutch turned out (which shows you how much I like the church pew as well). Sorry, I guess I am no help what so ever!
haha, so I made you a believer, yay! It’s okay, when we got them in the back of Brian’s truck I thought I’d lost my marbles too – they are frickin’ huge.
I would say I am with Tim on this one, I like the before better. Don’t get me wrong, I like the after too but I think I like the before a little more!
Oooo, interesting! I know, the buffet and hutch are awesome, I’m using the buffet still in the room, but not the hutch and I miss it as it was so unique. I don’t even have another spot for the whole thing 🙁
I like the new set up.. it makes the space seem bigger and I like there being more wall space that’s not broken up. BUT what do I know, you’re the expert 🙂
It really does make the space look bigger, I feel like I have so much more floor space. AND i love having my artwork wall for my artistes !!!!
LOVE the after Kylie! Looks great – love the artwork collage wall. Looks amazing!
Thanks Sheri! I’m slightly obsessed with artwork / photo walls. I have 2 biggies in my house now – I just love having the ability to show a whole bunch of things at once, rather than spreading them throughout my home 🙂
Love the new look, Kylie! Sorry, Tim. (I say that a lot to my Tim too. haha!)
Yay, thank you!!!! Good thing we have Tim’s in our world, eh!!!
Just to be clear, I’m not a totally ‘before girl’ I’m on the fence. I just LOVED the hutch, in particular the top so I’m just having issue having lost that… I do love the flow of the room ‘after’, and the art wall is da bomb. It will be awesome when entertaining! I’m sure my butt will be parked in it often 😉
I know, strangely enough I’ve found myself sitting there a lot (even though it’s hard….)
I like the after effect. It looks much more professional I think. They are both great though as is all of your work.
Thanks Lorraine! When i do things I try to think what people ‘expect’ when they come into my home – not that I base my choices on it, but sometimes it makes me think a bit more creatively and outside the box to show people unique ideas (aka more professional…) Thank you!!!!
I like that after for sure… but I really love the hutch to I’m torn. If I HAD to pick only one it would be after.
I know, I love the hutch too. I’m still using the bottom of it, but it’s not quite the same without the top 🙁
I have to say I like the after just because I too like all the artwork and the red, brings some warmth to the room. Having said that I’m curious how it looks as a entire room, dinning table and all 🙂
PS. I’m with Kim when I heard you were picking up church pews. I thought to myself, that is just a little crazy, even for you …..hehehe!
Oh, I truely LOVE it!! These painted old church benches are one of those future dreams of mine, although I don’t know where they’d go. Anywho…LOVE IT!! -Tabitha
Do u sell these pews?
Hi Melissa, thank you for asking! I don’t, but I do have one in my garage that I’m going to be painting up shortly. I’m going to see if I like it in my dining room, but if not, I’ll be selling it for sure!