There are two things I have always wanted to paint- a piano and a church pew. I finally get to cross the church pew off my list (though I would love to paint more) after visiting my friend and author, Elle Powers, this week.
Some of you may remember that Elle recently shared her lovely turn-of-the-century farmhouse on my blog? She showed us around her lovely home and I got to visit twice this week…and it’s even better to see it in-person!
I couldn’t wait to give her beautiful church pew a fresh coat of paint! Here’s a look at the pew before it was painted…
Isn’t her cat Annabelle adorable? I love the look of the church pew and it’s perfect for that space in her large entryway. I did agree that adding color would make it stand out.
Elle heard about the Amy Howard at Home One Step paint at Ace Hardware and the positive experience other’s have had with it. Can you believe, as someone who refinishes furniture, that I have NEVER used chalk paint?! Nope. Not ever. This was a great opportunity for me to get with the program and give it a try!
Honestly, I didn’t know what to think after the first coat. I tried to stay with the grain of the wood as I painted it on, but I could see brush strokes everywhere. I was a little worried at first but the second coat looked much better.
Sorry, somewhere between the first coat and applying the antique wax, I forgot to take pictures. Oops! I guess I was in a hurry for lunch. That allowed just enough drying time. I was surprised at how fast the paint dried!
Not only was the paint quite different than what I have used before, I also haven’t applied furniture wax before. I did watch the tutorial before starting and Amy Howard explains the wax application as “butterfly kisses”. Sorry, Amy, I’m a little heavy-handed.
The wax brought out the detail and darkened the green paint a little, which was good because it was bright at first. I also like that I didn’t have to sand the edges to give it a distressed look. It’s actually recommended that you don’t distress because the dark antique wax takes care of that.
Elle was thrilled with how it turned out!
I just HAD to get her sweet dog, Meryl, in the picture! She is so much fun and has such a sweet spirit. She’s my new BFF, y’all.
And what about that bamboo mat? I love it and it’s PERFECT for the entrance to an author’s home! I believe Elle said she found this at The Old Lucketts Store and I did see one on Miss Mustard Seed’s website.
Here are a few more pictures to give you an idea of what the Dunavant Green looks like in different lighting and angles. I think my favorite part of this makeover are the edges where the antique wax showed up a little darker, bringing out the detail. Elle’s youngest child said the wax made the church pew look expensive!
The view above the pew from the stairs-
And, one more picture of Meryl, because she’s just so cool…
I’m so glad that Elle is happy with her painted church pew and I’m thankful she trusted me with the project! I’m so glad I have some experience now with this type of paint and the antique wax. I look forward to trying it again and learning new techniques with the different products in the Amy Howard line!
And, thanks to Meryl for keeping me company while I completed this project. You’re still more welcoming to those coming through the door than the church pew!