I was so excited when I found an old church pew for sale on Facebook Marketplace. I love to browse through Pinterest pictures and see how people transformed an old broken church pew into something beautiful for farmhouse style.
So when we saw this pew for sale, I knew that I had to have it.
We bought the church pew last summer and it had been sitting in our workshop since.
When we decided to clean out the shop, we noticed that we had a lot of really big projects taking over. You can read and watch about the workshop clean out HERE.
One of the really big projects was the church pew.
This was a 9 Foot bench so it wasn’t easy finding a spot for it. But after moving around the fireplace to under our TV in our living room, I managed to find the perfect spot in our home along the wall and under the mantel that we installed ourselves. You can see that project HERE.
The first thing that the church pew needed was to be sanded down. But, after we started sanding, we noticed that there was so much dust even though we wiped it down really well.
It really needed a good bath!!
A rag with soap and water would definitely help but we have a pressure washer and it got the job done.
After we washed it and let it dry, we got back to sanding.
I didn’t want to sand it all the way down to bare wood because I knew that I would be painting it. It just needed the rough edges sanded down and it was good to go.
We ended up needing to repair a crack or two with Gorilla Glue as well. That stuff is the best!! We have used it on every one of our projects and everything we use this glue on has held up beautifully.
There were also some songbook holders on the back of the bench that I wanted to remove to reuse those for magazine racks on the sides of the church pew. I am so excited about this part of the project because these benches can be awkward and long so it is difficult to find a place to put your books or remote without looking messy.
If you notice in the video, the screws that were holding them was stripped out. The trick to removing them is to cut a slot with a Dremel tool and removing them with a flat edge screwdriver.
Click the video to see what we did for Part 1 of our church pew makeover.
Make sure you tune in for Part 2 of our Church Pew Makeover!!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comment section below! I will be more than happy to answer any and all questions!