I’m A Benchwarmer

~Bench Makeover~


Many years ago, I became the recipient of a church pew that was no longer needed by my home congregation. We were adding on to our building and getting new pews. It’s not an antique. At the time, it was probably about 20 years old.

It was a basic oak colored pew that had been painted a mauve color by someone years before I took it home. I then painted it red…of course.

Last year, I decided it needed a bench makeover. The red paint had seen better days…it was chipping and peeling.

I wanted to paint it, but also give it a little detail. After a stop at Lowe’s, I decided to add some decorative wood appliques. This is what I came up with…

bench makeover

First, I applied the decorative wood appliques with wood glue. I let them dry completely before priming and painting. The paint I chose was Valspar Satin Finish in Dark Kettle Black. I used a regular paint brush. If I had to do it over, I would have used a foam roller brush to avoid brush strokes.

bench makeover

I applied wood accents on each side and one on the front of the bench.

Bench makeover

bench makeover

The bench is at the bottom of steps in the basement, almost in a “foyer type” area. No one ever sits on it, but it’s perfect along the wall. It occupies an area that is hard to place any other arrangement of furniture. The bench is almost 8 ft long.

bench makeover

Currently, there is nothing on the wall above it. My intention was to create a gallery wall of family photos there, but since I did that in the next room, I didn’t want to repeat myself. I found a very large, unique mirror at Restore back in May. It needs an update too. I think I will show you that tomorrow and see what you think. You can help me decide on what to do with it. Check back tomorrow!


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Hello! Blogging about home decor & design is my passion. I'm working to create a house that is on its way to a beautiful home and I'm excited to share my journey.

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  1. Wendy Short says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I’m new to your blog and I have to tell you it is fabulous! I, too, am a lover of RED! It absolutely makes me happy. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing much red in the popular decorating catalogs (i.e. Ballard) these days, but I don’t care–I’m keeping my red!

    My second favorite thing is gold walls–apparently yours too. Which brings me to my question about the gold paint colors in your living room and at the black bench area. Would you mind sharing the manufacturer and name of the paint in these areas? It is so difficult to find that perfect shade of gold and you’ve found it.

    Thanks and take care!
    Wendy Short
    Henderson, NC

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