Church Pew Makeover for our Farmhouse

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it’s size and craftsmanship.

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. furniture makeover / hydrangeas and watering can

Church Pew Makeover

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Church Pew Makeover Before - sanding the wood

If it was up to me I would have slapped some Old English on this piece and added it to our living room but Jason had different ideas :).  He wanted to sand it down to show off the gorgeous oak that this pew was made from.  A few hours and a few less pieces of gum (yup, gum under the seat) and graffiti later this pew was absolutely perfect and ready to come into our home.

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. white pillow

We sanded this piece down with our trusty orbital sander, (DEWALT DWE6421K Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5″) .

Church Pew Makeover before sanding

The only part of the church pew we didn’t sand was the accents on the wood sides.  We liked the contrast of the dark and light shades of wood.  We chose to not add any poly urethane to the church pew since we love the look of the raw wood and we are keeping it in our living room (no drinks without coasters allowed, thank you!).

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room

Over the years, the bench of the pew had started to loosen away from the wood sides.  To sure it up we used our Kreg jig, (Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System) to drill holes in the bottom of the bench in order to add some hidden screws to the bottom of the bench and into the wood sides.

Adding hidden screws with kreg jig

Church Pew Makeover - hidden screws with kreg jig

Although, I had measured the bench before we brought it home we couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit.  The church pew ends just where our door molding begins.  Now to find a spot for the bookcase we had here previously :).

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room

I added a few farmhouse pillows to the bench as well as my favorite watering can and some fresh Annabelle hydrangeas from our front yard. I also placed a Longaberger basket and an old wooden box underneath to hold my favorite magazines in.


I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room, entryway

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. pillows

Church Pew Makeover - watering can white hydrangeas

One huge reason we needed more seating was that this guy is FOREVER hogging the comfy furniture :).

Church Pew Makoever labradoodle on the sofa

Although the floral gallery wall looks pretty above the pew, I have something more personal planned for it that I hope to share with you soon.

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. floral gallery wall from Ikea

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship. living room entryway

I couldn’t be happier with our new church pew makeover!  What do you think?

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I have long been on the hunt for the perfect church pew for our farmhouse.  Our home is the headquarters for many family dinners and holidays so seating can often be at a premium.  Church pews are great because they can fit a lot of people without sacrificing much needed floor space.  We found this pew for sale on Craigslist at a local antique shop and were very excited by it's size and craftsmanship, it just needed a little makeover! living room http://lehmanlane.net

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  1. Tara, we picked up an old, old church pew from a guy on the river – it was SO long and painted chocolate brown. I snagged it for $20 and couldn’t get hubs and the pick up truck there fast enough. My husband took the entire thing apart and we cut off about 15″ of it. He sanded it and then pickled it with a white tint – it’s one of my favorite things. It has pocketknife carvings on it and on the back of the bench, carved in perfect block letters is the word S**T; I can imagine a bored 12 year old boy in a mountain revival meeting he was forced to go to, on the back row with blade in hand and doing his best engraving job!!!!!!

  2. A beautiful piece for your home. Well done! Not sure I have ever seen a church pew for sale. Hmm be on the lookout! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this. I have a very dark stained antique church pew and I was wondering if I could just sand it to lighten it or if I’d have to use paint stripper (which I don’t want to do). You’re post was very helpful and the pew is beautiful!

  4. The outcome of your bench is so beautiful, it stopped me in my tracks! I was lucky enough to acquire a church pew of my own and immediately went to cleaning it up with Restore-a-Finish, but now I may just want to sand it all down!! Quick question though… did you put any sort of sealant or wax on it? With kids and animals I worry about it not getting too beat up.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our church pew makeover Melissa! I chose not to add any poly or wax to the church pew because I did not want to change the look of the wood. It has lasted a year now with lots of use. Our thoughts have been that if something happens we can always sand it down again 🙂

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