ASCP-a sentimental church pew-DIY

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For years I worked as a clinical secretary in a local hospital right near where I live. It was one of those jobs you look back on and think, I wish I was still there. Actually, I feel like that about most of the jobs I’ve worked. This one in particular is near and dear to my heart. Last year around Christmas, I had the opportunity to purchase a church pew that had spent many years in the Chapel at this hospital. Of course, as soon as I heard they were selling them, it broke my heart to think of all of the people that had sat in those pews, praying for their loved ones upstairs in the hospital, most likely, that they would get better and come home, and probably some who had lost loved ones and headed right for the pew to pray and grieve. It made me sad that they were getting rid of them. However, I just knew, I had to have one, and my mind went right to my study/office that I knew was getting a facelift this spring. I thought, how lovely would it be to have one of these church pews sitting in my office, of course painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, what else. What a lovely memory, I would have for years to come, from a job place, I had loved so much. I have to admit when I first saw the pew, it wasn’t what I had imagined, it was so much more modern, and at first I wasn’t even sure I liked it. But, the more I looked at it, I realized that the modern look of the pew, was perfect for a pop of color that I planned to add to my study. So, yes, we purchased one and it spent the winter on the porch. For those of you who follow me on Instgram you may remember the inspired picture of the pew, where there is a shadow of a church and a cross.

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Well, this is the before.

I will be painting the pew with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence. Then a coat of clear wax. I wont use dark wax on this piece, because I want to keep it a sweet, crisp, fresh, color. Although I do prefer the more rolled arms and antique look of most of the pews you see out there, the more modern styling of this pew, is perfect for my study.

Here it is with one coat of paint…..

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Then the second coat, you can see it still drying.

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Then waxed, and in place. I cant wait to fill this lovely pew, with pretty things.

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Then I simply piled it up with the things I love, I am sure these things will change often as I move them around the house as I tend to do.

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You might have a old piece of furniture sitting in your garage, basement, or even your attic. Pull it out and try bringing it back to life with chalk paint.

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Tammy Damore

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