Pew Tutorial and HUGE announcement!

I cannot say that this before was BUGLY.

It wasn’t.

I actually struggled with painting it…..

I did.

Look at this.

I LOVE this……….worn……tongue and grooved, with CHISEL marks…………looked at the rounded seat.

Pitter patter…….

This is where the old “hymnal holder”/”communion cup” shelf…holder…..was : (

So much history to this piece.

I wondered the story behind it.

The man I bought it from on CL, had bought it used……so no history could be given.

But as I touched the piece……

I couldn’t help wondering……

Who sat here?

Where did it live?

It had to have been in an old church.

What did it hear?

What hearts were mended on this pew?

What hands held onto the back of this as they stood to sing “Just As I Am”, “Sweet By and By”, remember those???


Worn smooth by the hands of time.

Did a church member make them?

Were tears shed as a parishioner kneeled at this pew, opening their heart to PEACE and TRUTH?

I’m telling you…..

I thought of all of these things.

And truly debated if I should paint it.

Wood ……..Ahhhhh…….wood…..I LOVE it!

Am I weird?

My daddy was a carpenter….and I grew up with the smell of his “trade” in our home.

I knew this pew had a story.

This was a lowly pew……humbly made, not fancy, worn, chiseled….made not for comfort but  to worship a “carpenter”.

How appropriate.

How humble.

After much deliberation, I decided it was “ok” for me to honor this pew with an update to bring it to others.

Then I said seventy hail marys, rubbed my lucky rabbits foot, Bible book mark, threw salt over my shoulder and said the Lord’s prayer. (Literal friends…you know that I am being sarcastic here….)

But I did feel it was the right time for this pew to be transformed…..

And grabbed these……

After wiping the pew down with a damp, paper towel, I painted the whole bench Louis Blue….

Then decided to break it up with the Old white on the top and the seat…. I did this with a lightly watered down coat of Old white on top of the blue.

I hadn’t painted the seat part here …….but I wasn’t liking the look.

I wanted it to show the worn look. I wanted the years to speak to people on this piece.

I grabbed this little sample….mixed it with water……and just “shadowed” my piece…….

Just brushing where I would see “age”…….like this…..

It almost made it looked distressed….before I distressed.

I love how this part turned out.

It was this gray. Paris gray.

See how the gray shows like an old layer of paint left over?

Loved that.

When my paint was dry….

Then I lovingly distressed it.

It was so exciting to see the warm wood coming back.

Imagining where hands, backs and bottoms and legs would rub and wear….

And distressing away.

I was loving it’s new look.

When I had finished the distressing, I wiped the piece down and used a dry brush to remove the powder from dusting.

I took the lid to my dark wax……dipped my brush in my clear was and dipped it into my dark wax….mixing them together.

I am still struggling with AS wax. Honestly.

It is difficult to buff off and really affects the color but I am thinking that I am not letting my wax dry enough.

I will do that next time.


I am soooo impatient. It’s hard to wait overnight!

Oh…..but wait……I almost forgot about our big announcement.

I debated whether or not to share this because I don’t want to appear to brag.

But I am transforming about five or ten pieces a week now…..

And it is a lot of work.


We would like to introduce you to our fist employee!!!!

He fit our budgets and our needs and came to us to ask if he could help!

We are that “big” now…..he came to us!!!

And he works for Little Debbie Peanut Butter bars.


Win / win!

I think this may work out, as long as I keep Little Debbie snacks in my pantry!

Woo Hoo!

I love that this piece can “live” on.

I love the stories that pieces tell me when I find them.

I love how wood makes me feel.

This project truly ONLY took about an hour or hour and a half.

You can easily do it…..and the pew was found on CL….cheap.

But to me…..worth so much….

Just as it was.

I hope when I transform a piece…I can honor what the piece was….each and every time……

I think I did.

I hope you aren’t sad that I did and if you are, well, know that I don’t paint all wood.
I live in a house full of bare and stained wood……..

But to everything there is a season…..

And I believe it was time to honor this piece in a different way.

Happy Sunday all.



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  • September 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Oh Rebecca! You gave me chills when you talked about the history of this piece.  It was beautiful then and it’s beautiful and “fresh” now! What a lovely addition to someone’s home! So I was wondering if sometime in the near future you might be hiring out your new “help” He’s sure cute and looks very handy with a paintbrush.  I could pay him double in Little Debbie Peanut Bars. 😉 Fun post!


  • September 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I LOVE this post!  I love that you made it into something new- but still let the character of that old beloved pew shine through!  It’s perfect.  Beautiful.

  • September 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Great post! I’ve only just started painting furniture but I have those thoughts, too. I think it is honoring the piece, bringing it a brand new life!! Your ‘help’ is a cutey! Also wanted to thank you for the CL info, pricing and all that good stuff! 

  • September 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It looks very good but,I must admit, I think I would have preferred to keep that rich wood look.
    Love your new assistant!

  • September 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    wonderful post …brought tears to my eyes …and what a great helper you have there

  • September 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how amazing you are?  I saw the first post on this pew and….well…wasn’t really that impressed.  Figured, it was just another one of those things where I don’t know what’s good.  But after reading this post, I looked at it with new eyes and BAM!!!!!  I absolutely adore it.  It’s gorgeous.  You dun good.  Again.  Thanks for the eye opener!

  • September 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Ok, I’m new to your blog and love it. Can you give details on the steps? do you sand or prime first? Do you clean the piece with anything in particular? Did you coat with the blue first, then white, then grey?  And last step is sanding in some spots? Do you coat it with poly or anything?
    Sorry for all the questions.  Just trying to learn.

  • September 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Oh my goodness…I really love this pew….everything about it!!!  I, too, ponder over where my furniture came from…what kind of life it lived.  This is a true treasure.  Thanks for sharing, Julie

  • September 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I’m sentimental about pews, especially those rich and obviously old as this one.  The church I attend is very old, handmade oak pews, panelling, etc. I get your wondering about its past. Carpenters.  Truthfully, I liked this partway through it’s update better than its finished state.  It seemed more honored before it was quite this distressed, imho.

  • September 9, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Oh, it’s lovely!! I cant believe you transformed it so quickly! Great job.

  • September 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I like it!  I really like the distressed look!


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