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Monday, January 26, 2009

Trash to Treasure Church Pew

Be sure to visit Diane over at A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words to see what others do with things that have been thrown away by someone else. My treasure today was pretty close to a "dumpster dive". Actually, a very good friend of mine had an old 8 foot wooden church pew sitting by her dumpster several years ago and I asked her if I could have it. She said I could. I took it home. It needed lots of repair and we didn't need it to be 8 foot long. My husband cut it down to 4 foot which wasn't easy because it was curved and the ends had to be taken off and reattached. He completely reglued it. We decided to paint it after it was repaired. I've had this pew in my home since then. My friend has had some regrets about letting me have it!

The picture above the pew is also a T to T. I asked my brother and sister-in-law in California to get me a grape drying rack and they did find one at a winery. I used a Coors poster and decoupaged it on it. It's also been in my home for a very long time.


Marie said...

Such a great job. I can see just how hard a task it was to repurpose the bench. I have wanted a pew bench for redesign and use it with a long farm table in the kitchen.

Smilingsal said...

Your husband does a professional job, and you have a good eye. I adore that music pillow; it makes such a friendly splash of color. Thanks for sharing. Happy T2T day.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pammiejo,
Love that church pew! Something just like that is what my daughter is looking for to put on her front porch!

thanks for linking to Trash to Treasure!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a neat bench! I have always wanted to have a church pew in my home. Your husband is mighty talented! And I love your picture and frame. Thanks for sharing...


Sheila :-)

ann said...

I LOVE your pew.I have always wanted one.I have a childrens one,but i want yours,ha...Ann

beth at aunties said...

What a great Trash to Treasure! Your husbands talents shine through. It must have been quite a challenge to put it all together again, practically like building it from scratch;) It looks so nice with your pillows.
Thanks for your comments on a difficult post. I agree with your comments. My parents adopted an abused little Indian girl from a reservation in S Dakota when she was two years old. She is such a blessing in our lives. That was 40 years ago.
I read you teach school and teach S.E. Another sister also works with special needs children, which it takes a special caring person to do. This year, her class are severe non verbal and she adores each one. Thanks again!

Bo said...

What a transformation on that church pew...just gorgeous. I really like the picture you decoupaged...I seem to have a "thing" for portraits of people..
;-) Bo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Pammiejoe!

You always have the best treasures! This pew is gorgeous!

Tootsie said...

I had to look twice to make sure your blog is not coming from my sister's house!!!! My mom and dad bought us each a pew when the church renovated....I never did get mom kept it...but my dad did make hers shorter and she uses it in her front doorway! looks very much like yours! great job...! kind of makes me wonder where the heck mine is!

GayleR said...

Awesome redo!!!!