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52/52 Challenge :: Sanded Church Pew

M Wall Church-Pew

I’m excited to share my Church Pew! I had this for many years in my Entryway…..painted it several times…red, yellowish, white, and maybe another color at some time. I love this pew!

Earlier this year I sent it to the backyard so I could bring in a smaller, classier, bench so the pew spent a few months in the backyard. Snow + Rain + Outside + Not-covered-very-well = Paint bubbling and tearing right off – exposing beautiful wood! I got out the trusty sander, bought paint stripper and sandpaper, and got to work. It took a bit of work but it was worth it!

I was to impatient to get ALL the paint off, as you can see in some areas. No worries because my home is not about being perfect…trust me!

drop-cloth-before-after

This is the before and after with the other bench. What do you think? Which one do you like?

Linky Parties: The Dedicated House – Make It Pretty Monday, Alderberry Hill – Make the Scene Monday

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14 Comments

    1. Thank you! I got it about 8 years ago from the local classifieds. I tried the other bench but the pew just fits so well in this space. I’m loving the bare wood so much!

  1. Just found you through The Dedicated House. Wow I love what you have done with your pew. I was lucky to find a beautiful pew a few months ago but it is varnished and I love the look yours has. You have inspired me to strip and sand mine. Did you use a finish on it or left it natural? Thanks, your new follower.

    Margaret

    1. Congrats on scoring a pew! They are hard to find these days. I used a paint stripper….I had a few coats of paint on it. eek! I left it all natural, no oil or varnish. I may try mineral oil tho, maybe. ;) I’d love to see your pew when it’s done. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  2. What are the dimensions of the church pew? We’re getting ready to move into our new house and I can’t seem to find a church pew I like for our entry…I LOVE this one! We’re considering building one. Thanks for your help!

      1. Thanks so much! I’m thinking we might
        do 60″ instead of 72″…I’ll definitely
        send a picture of our finished product!

  3. In love with everything in this photo. Great job, I want your pew. And all those M’s since that’s my last name monogram too…been collecting them for a couple years and am planning on doing something similar when I have enough. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! xo

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