We have an old house built in 1906, which makes it Edwardian, I guess, in style? Anyway, the architect obviously didn't believe in grand hallways as it is rather narrow and dominated by the staircase as soon as you enter. We always wanted a bench that would be narrow enough to fit there, but big enough to actually use and maybe store things under. Well, last weekend while walking the dog we found this:
It's a church pew. I know it isn't for everyone, but it's vintage, the perfect size and length for the hall, and well...it just suits us. I love the details on the ends, the little rosettes on the arm, and the pointed arch on the side, plus there is plenty of room underneath to tuck a few baskets with scarves, hats, etc. under the seat.
But I don't like the color at all. It's chippy and worn and in need of TLC, I think. I'm planning to paint it. Not everyone in my family agrees, but I think it'll look MUCH better. I also think it needs a few flat cushions as it is a little hard to sit on. And when it's done it'll go with that shabby chic cottage style I love. :)
What do you think? Anyone else have an old church pew they've adopted?
And now it is off to work I go to crack open some paint and grab a few brushes. Hope everyone else is having a good week...