Since the pew looked homemade and was in rough shape, I first sanded the bench as much as I could to remove any imperfections. I used my pad sander and 80 grit sandpaper. Once sanded, I cleaned the bench then grabbed my stain and sponge and got to work!
Mini Church Pew Makeover
We've all seen the photos on Pinterest, of a gorgeous church pew in the entryway, right? It's a great piece of farmhouse style decor - except for one thing.
They’re so stinking BIG! Who has room for an 8 foot bench!
So when I spotted this mini church pew at a local consignment store, you better believe I was all over it!
At just over 4 feet long not only was it a lot more manageable for me to move and haul and refinish, but also a more perfect size for home use.
Gloves are also a must for this job! Apply the GF Java Gel stain section by section, leaving a wet edge as you go. The nice thing about working with a Stain sponge is that it wipes off the excess as you go, keeping the finish nice and consistent.
Once the gel stain was dry, I sealed it with three coats of HP top coat in a flat finish; sanding between each coat. This church pew may still show it's age but in a much more subtle way.
Believe it or not this church pew is actually quite a comfortable place to sit! I added a few pillows, including one we MADE with Chalk Couture (my tutorial coming soon).
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