Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho

It's off to work I go...

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...

3 comments:

HurricaneKassi said...

That looks like a great idea and a fun project. I would paint it too, I think a light color. Very neat find. -HurricaneKassi

Amanda said...

My aunt bought a LOOONG church pew for $100 when their church was renovating. They put it in their family room & it makes a great place for her to sort laundry (no cats to leave fur) or extra space when family comes by. Hers was in great condition so it's just stained & sealed. I wish I had the room for one (or a place to get one), but small military housing limits us on how much we can have.

Kath said...

I have wanted a church pew for years!! A friend found one is their church basement and arranged for us to get it for $25!! It was about a foot too long for the wall in our mudroom/entry way, so my husband and a friend took one end off, cut off some length and reattached. The friend also reinforced everything. I just got a new job yesterday, so don't have the time to strip and refinish. So I want to paint or glaze or something - maybe an espresso color.

I enjoy your blog!!

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