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.
Church Pew Makeover
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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) & graffiti later this pew was absolutely perfect and ready to come into our home.
We sanded this piece down with our trusty orbital sander, (DEWALT DWE6421K Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5″) .
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!)
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.
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 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.
One huge reason we needed more seating was that this guy is FOREVER hogging the comfy furniture :).
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 couldn’t be happier with our new church pew makeover! What do you think?