To paint the church pew, or not paint the church pew, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler for it to be painted in a fabulous pop of color, or remain in a dignified wood stain. Hmmm…
It started with a little thing called Pinterest – doesn’t it always? I was browsing through the drool-worthy photos one night, trying to fill a lonely deployment evening by getting the creative juices flowing. I came across something that I’d never thought of – a church pew in a home. As I clicked through photo after photo of gorgeous old benches being used on porches, in front entries, at dining tables, and in mudrooms, the more I wanted to have one of these unique pieces in my home as well!
I scavenged Craigslist ads for weeks, crestfallen that most available pews cost triple-digits, a kidney, or a firstborn. I finally contacted an ad that was really quite old for CL standards. You know how it is with those kinds of ads – I figured that the bench was long gone, but I just had to make sure. The bench was 8 feet long, had lived in their home for years, and it was a bargain! The owners told me that I was actually the first person to inquire about it – so I quickly planned a visit!
*Hallelujah Chorus* I was overjoyed! I was elated! I was having a sneezing attack. The sellers had cats – several of them – and I’m very allergic to cats. The pew had scratchy, red upholstery, but the gracious sellers knew that there was a nice long wooden seat underneath, just waiting to be uncovered. I set up a time with my brothers to come help me pick it up – and I left with a bounce in my step – even though my tongue was starting to swell. Nothing a little Benadryl couldn’t take care – thankfully!
I removed the feline fur-filled upholstery and took out the remaining staples – but that’s as far as I’ve come with it. The pew gets many compliments from visitors, but I haven’t quite known what to do with it – aside from use it to display the beautiful blanket and pillow that my husband brought back from a deployment to Afghanistan. I feel stuck when I try to decide what to do with my beloved Pepe, (as in “Pepe Le Pew” – hubby nicknamed it). What should I do?
Also, I’m not entirely sure where it will end up – stay in the formal dining area, be paired with the copper table in the eat-in kitchen, sit on the upstairs deck, sit on the covered downstairs patio…the options are endless!
Would y’all help a girl out? I can usually come up with a decor solution – but this time I need someone else with a vision for it! Do you have any ideas for what I should do it with my favorite church bench? I’d love to know if you have any insights or advice for me!
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