church pew re-do
One of my fav-O-rite pieces of furniture in our home is this church pew. I found it on kijiji last summer.
It is over 100 years old and was crafted by Monks in Quebec. I love the fleur de lis and flower detail.
We have a large foyer and the pew fills it nicely and makes a wonderful conversation piece. It’s also a handy place to house throw pillows from my ever-growing collection. I change them out often…such a quick and easy update and it keeps things fresh.
So here’s the problem…the wood wasn’t in fantastic shape to begin with and a pair of wet winter gloves that sat overnight didn’t help matters. It also had a heavy layer of varathane which was yuck.
To be honest, I was tired of the dark wood anyway. So I decided to paint it. Gasp. I know. I’m terrible.
I didn’t want a stark white, but more of a layered aged look. So I played around with creamy white, gull wing gray and heath. I brushed them on till I got the look I was happy with. I also glazed it a bit.
I like it. For now. My ultimate goal for this piece is to strip it down to the bare wood and then wax it. I think that will be gorgeous. But for now this will do just fine.
Please ignore the puddle on the tile. Melted snow from my boots this morning. Yes, I said snow. We got hammered with it yesterday. Ahhh, springtime in Canada.
No complaints today, though. It’s cold but the sky is crystal clear and blue and sunny. Just the way I like it.
Enjoy your day!