February 4, 2014

The Church Pew Revival

On New Years Day, whilst still in a vertigo fog, we had brunch with some dear friends.  Though much of the conversations were a blur, I do remember my friend Suzanne saying, "Gretchen, I don't want you to feel like you have to take it, but I have an old pew..."
In which she was interrupted with my over-eager YES!  I'll take it!!!

She described it as "chippy" and in need of some TLC.  
I like chippy.  And old.

 But the chips were falling off like snowflakes.  Chips that were probably fully leaded.  So I decided to give it a good spa treatment... of sanding.  Well, actually, my sweet farmer did the sanding for me.
Yes, I'm wearing "mom jeans" because the barn was freezing cold and I had 25 layers underneath. 

We buffed and cleaned and brought back her original beauty from the ashes of a 1976 mustard colored bad decision.
My original plan was to give it a glaze treatment but when I saw the price of glaze, I decided to try white washing it.
Because I wanted the grain of the wood to show through I combined
1 part paint/2 parts water
Using some leftover white paint we already had, this became a FREE project.  Woop woop!
 It turns out to be the best place to display my great-grandmother's quilt, too.

 It fits perfectly between the windows, separating our dining area from the living room.  Being over 7' long, I was sure hoping it would fit!

I'm so thankful my sweet friend couldn't find a spot in her home for this beauty.  I'll think of her every time I walk by.


Sandy said...

I love it!!!!!!

Vintage Gal said...

What a beauty and the make over is just perfect ~

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Beautiful! Great call on the whitewash!

GreenFlash Productions Photography said...

This is indeed stunning! Having seen the original and now the "Gretchen overhaul" - you have once again outdid yourself. God gave you the gift for seeing beyond the old and worn and into the beautiful !

Carole @ GardenUp Green said...

Awesome bench - I love it! I have to take the time to learn how to paint like this. Looks Great!

Alison Agnew said...

I love old pews and yours is aged to perfection. It fits into your lovely room so well! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I just love what you did with this old church pew and it will be featured at my party on Monday. Thanks so much for sharing it at NTT!


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That is just awesome! :) I remember seeing a pew in a thrift store last year and wishing I had room for it.

Stacey said...

That's just gorgeous. It's so big...I love it!