Church Pew To Paris New

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I scooped up this 1940 Vancouver BC Canada Synagogue pew from a local salvage guy for $10... t.e.n.d.o.l.l.a.r.s!!! I bought 3, if I could have fit more in my truck I would have grabbed more!
church pew to paris new, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The pews are close to 8 feet long, solid Oak and the frame is cast iron, they are BEASTLY heavy and totally awesome! Score!! I pretty much knew the graphic and look I wanted on this pew from the moment I layed eyes on it!
church pew to paris new, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Here she is all ready for her transformation...
church pew to paris new, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I chalk painted this pew in a neutral taupe from FAT Paint called Jute. I wanted a soft french look so I glazed the entire piece with Alberta Dames White and Grey Glaze. You know I cannot resist a french graphic! I combined this French Ville De Paris and the Paris 1889 transfers from my favorite site Graphics Fairy and drew it out on the back side of the pew. Simple yet it gives it the look like it came from an old church in Paris.
church pew to paris new, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
If you haven't tried chalk painting faux leather or fabric you definitely NEED to do it now! I painted the seat tops in Jute as well and waxed them with the FAT amazing wax to keep it soft and movable. I left the sides with the original plush wine colored fabric because A. it looks wicked with the Jute color and B. I always love to leave a little of the original piece within the creation.
church pew to paris new, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I LOVE when creations turn out EXACTLY how I planned it in my head! How perfect is this pew for a large entryway, seating for a dining room table or a bench for your living room ~happy sigh~ One down, two to go. Stay tuned to see how I re-created the second pew...it made me go straight out of my creative comfort zone and was totally worth it! Super Love Jenny

Suggested materials:

  • Paint  (any store)
  • Glaze  (any store)
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  • Mary May
    on Feb 8, 2016

    I love this, but it doesn't look like a church pew to me. I believe this is old theatre seating.

    • Ava Blake Creations
      on Feb 9, 2016

      Hello Mary, They do look like theatre seats but they are actually synagogue pews, they have the isle letter and number on them.

  • Patty
    on Feb 9, 2016

    What a beautiful job, just gorgeous.

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