Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you build a whole room around? No. Well I have. Call me crazy but this is how I work. I find that one piece of furniture that I LOVE and I make everything else work around that one piece of statement furniture.
I introduce to you my very old rustic farmhouse table, with enough leaves in it to accommodate an army, that was handed down to us by my in-laws. This is my statement piece. I tore down 2 structural walls, had a support beam put in and had hubby do some crazy wiring for lighting to accommodate this beauty with gorgeous legs. No Biggie! Ok, go ahead and say it…You are crazy Amy! Yep I agree. (I will reveal the full room and details in a later post.)
As with any grand dining table, you need grand seating. But not just any old chairs would suffice for this girl. I wanted a church pew for one side of the table. Yes the church pew that you sit on at church. OK again, crazy, but you just wait.
I don’t think hubby thought I was serious when I told him I bought a church pew but low and behold this is what came home with me. Maroon tattered fabric and all folks. Get your hymnals out.
Perfect length, perfect wood color and perfect price. $25.00 for this lovely. The little old man behind the counter where I bought this could not fathom why I wanted to buy this but he let me pay and take it away. And as I was walking away he said there were 20 more pews if I was interested. Don’t temp me sweet little old man! You have no idea how little restraint I have.
The first step in this beast of a project was get that maroon fabric off and out. I couldn’t cover over it because number one it smelled of odd old things and number two the padding underneath needed replaced. It literally disintegrated as I pulled it away from the bench.
If you have ever bought new padding for a chair or project you know that it’s crazy expensive. Mine would have cost over $100 just for this bench. So I came up with another solution. Foam padding for a bed. I had one sitting around that I got on clearance a few years ago.
I used that folded into thirds with the smooth side out to create a nice thick layer of foam along with a leftover piece of “real” upholstering foam.
I used Loctite adhesive spray to attach the foam to the bench and then folded a layer over and spray adhesive that part and then again for the third layer. I then stapled in the corners with my pneumatic staple gun and upholstery staples to secure the sides and in the corners.
Once I was happy with the placement of the foam I was ready to recover with new fabric. I used my good old canvas drop cloth again like I have in so many projects before. I made curtains out of them here and I have made pillows out of them here. I keep using it because it’s so darn durable and I really do love the way it looks.
You can get canvas drop cloths at any Home Improvement store for about $10.
All I did was lay the fabric over the padding and staple the fabric to the underside of the bench and in the corners. I left the corners at each end un stapled so that I could finish them when the seat was in place on the bench. Done. Easy Peesy!
Now, before I put the newly covered bench seat back onto the bench I painted a few stripes on the back of the bench seat. I already love the brown color of the back but it needed a little something extra like grain sack stripes. YES!
I taped off the areas with Frog Tape and painted with some off white chalk paint.
A little wax brushed over the paint after it dries to protect the painted stripes and they are ready to go.
The seat is now ready to be placed back on the bench and the undone sides and corners are ready for some attention.
I decided to use nail head trim for this area because it looks nice and it’s super easy to do.
Now that everything is ready and finished, my little bench needs some cushions. Not only do they add some extra needed color and soften the bench but they are incredibly comfortable when sitting there.
Now I have to fight with company when they come over to sit in the most desirable place in the house!
Not only do I have to fight off my guests but guess who else has made a favorite of this spot.
Little Boo Face! Thank goodness he doesn’t shed!
People don’t even realize this bench is a church pew until they stare at it for some time. I love watching the wheels turn in someone’s head while trying to figure out one of my unspeakably cool projects! Best compliment ever!
Have a great week!