Before and After ::: From Worn Church Pew to Best Seat in the House

My ex told me about a bench in a little antique shop in Utica. So on Saturday morning my husband took a ride with me to check it out. I've been wanting a bench for my dining room it seems - forever. When we got there - the one we specifically went to see was all spindles and totally uncomfortable to sit on. Discouraged, we toured the rest of the shop. Then...tucked in a little hallway I saw it. A gorgeous little church pew just waiting to be discovered.

It was coming home with us.  We lifted it into the Jeep and tied it down.  I couldn't wait to get home and get started!  After digging out the paint, running out for new brushes, hitting a local craft show with my daughter, I lost steam and my husband took over the painting and finished it all (gotta love him). 

I hit the computer and started to search out some appliques.  I found these on Ebay and within the week they were at my front door.  I didn't have any clamps so I glued them on and taped them down to set. 
My daughter came by and said it looked like a pile of cheerios!  I had faith :)

After putting on two coats of paint I stood back and thought - This is the best seat in the house!

Oh yeah...see the white streak on the plum coloured wall to the left?  That's the start of a white wall makeover underway.  Decided to paint the entire house white....YIPPEE!

Updated photo after painting the walls white :)

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Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

It looks so fresh and pretty! I also love the pillow on it. Where did you get that?

Marina at Shabby Whites said...

Thanks...I found the pillow at my all time fav store "Homesense" Great one of a kind stuff at great prices :)

Evie said...

Lovely! What a nice addition that would be to any home...I sure would love it! Great job!

evie @ brown paper packages

Anonymous said...

So Pretty! I love it!

Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

This is beautiful! Very creative way to use it! Please come link up at Passionatelyperfect.com! And come enter our giveaway for a fabulous bag!! Your newest fan!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hi Marina
Very creative job I think :)
and do not miss,,,,




It is fun :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

Claire said...

This bench is a beauty-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

Earnestine Kettering said...

It’s really amazing how simple white paint can turn this church pew into useful and chic furniture. It looks like it was newly bought from a furniture shop. That little deco adds great style to the seat. It’s perfect! ->Earnestine Kettering

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