I cannot say that this before was BUGLY.
I actually struggled with painting it…..
Look at this.
I LOVE this……….worn……tongue and grooved, with CHISEL marks…………looked at the rounded seat.
This is where the old “hymnal holder”/”communion cup” shelf…holder…..was : (
So much history to this piece.
I wondered the story behind it.
The man I bought it from on CL, had bought it used……so no history could be given.
But as I touched the piece……
I couldn’t help wondering……
Who sat here?
Where did it live?
It had to have been in an old church.
What did it hear?
What hearts were mended on this pew?
What hands held onto the back of this as they stood to sing “Just As I Am”, “Sweet By and By”, remember those???
Worn smooth by the hands of time.
Did a church member make them?
Were tears shed as a parishioner kneeled at this pew, opening their heart to PEACE and TRUTH?
I’m telling you…..
I thought of all of these things.
And truly debated if I should paint it.
Wood ……..Ahhhhh…….wood…..I LOVE it!
Am I weird?
My daddy was a carpenter….and I grew up with the smell of his “trade” in our home.
I knew this pew had a story.
This was a lowly pew……humbly made, not fancy, worn, chiseled….made not for comfort but to worship a “carpenter”.
After much deliberation, I decided it was “ok” for me to honor this pew with an update to bring it to others.
Then I said seventy hail marys, rubbed my lucky rabbits foot, Bible book mark, threw salt over my shoulder and said the Lord’s prayer. (Literal friends…you know that I am being sarcastic here….)
But I did feel it was the right time for this pew to be transformed…..
And grabbed these……
After wiping the pew down with a damp, paper towel, I painted the whole bench Louis Blue….
Then decided to break it up with the Old white on the top and the seat…. I did this with a lightly watered down coat of Old white on top of the blue.
I hadn’t painted the seat part here …….but I wasn’t liking the look.
I wanted it to show the worn look. I wanted the years to speak to people on this piece.
I grabbed this little sample….mixed it with water……and just “shadowed” my piece…….
Just brushing where I would see “age”…….like this…..
It almost made it looked distressed….before I distressed.
I love how this part turned out.
It was this gray. Paris gray.
See how the gray shows like an old layer of paint left over?
When my paint was dry….
Then I lovingly distressed it.
It was so exciting to see the warm wood coming back.
Imagining where hands, backs and bottoms and legs would rub and wear….
And distressing away.
I was loving it’s new look.
When I had finished the distressing, I wiped the piece down and used a dry brush to remove the powder from dusting.
I took the lid to my dark wax……dipped my brush in my clear was and dipped it into my dark wax….mixing them together.
I am still struggling with AS wax. Honestly.
It is difficult to buff off and really affects the color but I am thinking that I am not letting my wax dry enough.
I will do that next time.
I am soooo impatient. It’s hard to wait overnight!
Oh…..but wait……I almost forgot about our big announcement.
I debated whether or not to share this because I don’t want to appear to brag.
But I am transforming about five or ten pieces a week now…..
And it is a lot of work.
We would like to introduce you to our fist employee!!!!
He fit our budgets and our needs and came to us to ask if he could help!
We are that “big” now…..he came to us!!!
And he works for Little Debbie Peanut Butter bars.
Win / win!
I think this may work out, as long as I keep Little Debbie snacks in my pantry!
I love that this piece can “live” on.
I love the stories that pieces tell me when I find them.
I love how wood makes me feel.
This project truly ONLY took about an hour or hour and a half.
You can easily do it…..and the pew was found on CL….cheap.
But to me…..worth so much….
Just as it was.
I hope when I transform a piece…I can honor what the piece was….each and every time……
I think I did.
I hope you aren’t sad that I did and if you are, well, know that I don’t paint all wood.
I live in a house full of bare and stained wood……..
But to everything there is a season…..
And I believe it was time to honor this piece in a different way.
Happy Sunday all.
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