DIY Projects Using Church Pews


Church pews, while once thought as of stuffy and uncomfortable, can be turned into very useful and attractive pieces of furniture with a little imagination and creativity. Pews can also appeal to frugal budgets. Many show up at garage sales or in used furniture stores, meaning you don't have to break the bank to spruce up your home.

Church Pew Headboard

  • Leave the casters (wheels) on the pew if they are some already in place. This saves a step in the process of converting the pew. Decide whether you would like to go rustic and leave the pew "as is" or give it a paint job to spruce it up. If you decide on paint, allow it to dry for 24 hours before proceeding with plans.

    Place your bed in the middle of the pew (or if you're working in a shop or garage, use the measurements of your bed). Measure how much room is left on either side of the pew. Mark off the points where your bedside stops and your "end table" will fit snugly against the sides. Cut out the seat in the middle, up to the lines you've just made. Drill holes at the bottom ends of the pew and attach it to your bed frame with nuts and bolts.

Antique Bench

  • Turn an old church pew into a antique bench for an entryway or sitting room. Depending on the age of the pew, antiquing may not even be necessary. Paint the pew an off-white color, let dry, and then add some dings and scrapes with a hammer. Use sandpaper to blend away the paint on areas that would normally wear away over time. Start with areas such as arm rails, the backs of seats and the legs of the pew. Blend in the rest of the areas lightly. Use light brown wood stain to create an aged effect. Apply with a paint brush, using a light hand. Let the stain drip into dings and cracks. Let dry and position as you wish.

Porch Swing

  • Convert an old church pew with arm rests into a porch swing. Take steps such as adding outdoor cushions to add new life to an old relic. Refinishing may be necessary depending on the shape of the pew, but there is always the option of going with a "shabby chic" look. Screw in heavy duty "D-rings" at each back corner and in the center of each arm rest. Using carabiners, attach a length of chain to each back D-ring that will extend 8 inches beyond the swing support system when the pew is at the ideal height. Connect a short piece of chain from each arm rest to the back chains 6 inches above the back D-rings using climber clips. Attach the back chains to an existing porch swing support system with nuts and bolts.

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