Americana DECOR Chalky Finish Painted Bench in Everlasting

I believe in second chances, do you? It still gives me chills, I get to wake up and do this job every day. Painting furniture and running a booth space seems a far cry from being a therapist. This is my second chance. I’ve come to understand over the past few years these steps were ordered for me long before I ever picked up a paintbrush or discussed furniture placement with a client.

I know a lot of you have been following our progress on the renovation of my childhood home, Loblolly Manor.   It’s actually a small cottage, the size of a carriage house, nestled between huge oak trees and loblolly pines. As most of you know, it’s taken a little over a year to complete but we’re so close to being finished. We’re down to 4 rooms – the living room, dining room, laundry room and kitchen.

About a month ago, my Mom and I were back in my hometown shopping for furniture at one of our favorite places. This opportunity store in particular gives second chances to boys that haven’t always made good choices. We usually find a little something to bring home each time go. As we made our way to the very back of the store, we spotted an unusual bench. Intrigued, we immediately went over to investigate.

With a little help we were able to set the bench upright. It was 84 inches long. The seat was bright red with roughly texture fabric and it was low to the ground. It didn’t take long to realize this bench was no ordinary bench. It was a kneeling bench from an old church that had probably been used a thousand times.

Lost in my own thoughts, I heard my mom say, “How much do you think something like this costs?” Honestly, I had no idea. I’ve never even seen a kneeling bench outside a church before. “I’m not sure. Why? What are you thinking?” I said. “I’m thinking we could take this home and use it in the dining room,” she replied. We took a few minutes to hatch a plan, pay the cashier our $15 and set off to get a bigger truck.

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A few weeks later, the legs arrived and we headed back to Loblolly Manor to get started. Given our color scheme is white, grays and bits of pale turquoise we decided to paint the frame of the bench with Americana DÉCOR Chalky Finish Paint in a color called Everlasting. It’s a white that will pair perfectly with the linen colored fabric we chose for the bench seat.

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We painted late into the night. Even after one coat we knew this kneeling bench would be something special.

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The next morning, while my Mom and I were removing about 300 staples,

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my bestie S was getting ready to help us attach the chair legs with a cordless drill and hardware we had ordered. It was all hands on deck for this project. The bench weighed about 100 pounds.

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The legs are solid oak and have a slight curve. We didn’t want anything that would compete with the spindles on the bench so this subtle style was a perfect choice.

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After both coats of Everlasting had dried and the bench legs were in place, we removed the old red fabric.

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Then we used a staple gun to secure the linen colored fabric to the kneeling bench.

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I used antiquing wax on the legs and

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slightly distressed the spindles with 220-grit sandpaper.

Even though I fully understood the vision for this piece before we ever hauled it out of the opportunity store, I still can’t believe the way it all turned out. Here’s another quick look at the kneeling bench before:

and after:

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Harrison Ford said, “We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.”

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I’m living proof it’s a really exciting time.

*I’m entering this  bench in the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Second Chances Contest

Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

  1. says

    OH Coco, you made me cry! 🙂 I keep thinking of all of the prayers prayed at that bench, and all of the second chances granted by God’s grace. It’s so beautiful. A winner for sure! And I’m so glad that our paths have brought us together. Hugs.

    • says

      Kimm, your comment means so much to me, thank you! The entire time we were working on this bench we thought of all of the people that had used it for prayers of second chances, thanksgiving and heartfelt aches we’ll never know. I’m thankful we sat beside each other at dinner, the one chance meeting that made me a total cheerleader for you. Big hugs, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you ladies! We were really excited it turned out as well in real life as we had envisioned in our heads 🙂 I can’t wait to see it with the farmhouse style dining room table my dad is building! Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      I appreciate that Shayla, thank you! The cottage is really coming together with lots of neutrals and fun textures so we’re excited about it. Hope your day is a happy one, Coco

  2. says

    So I had to break out the tissues a little bit after reading this. I am a total sap I know! I do believe in second…third… and fourth chances with the power of prayer. Someone should never stop searching or learning until they find their true passion in life. I love how you could feel the heart that you ladies put into this project through your writing voice. Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Aww, Angeline, your comment is really sweet, thank you for your kind words. I’m with you – there are times when I need a second, third and fourth chance and praying through it all is the only thing that keeps me on track 🙂 Sending you big hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  3. says

    Coco that is absolutely beautiful! I makes my heart happy when a piece has such a touching history and you can keep that alive by bringing it back to life. Just thinking about all who have kneeled there and sent up their requests and thanksgiving amazes me.

    • says

      Oh, Lisa, you make my heart happy! Thank you so much for your kind words. I think this is my favorite transformation to date. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together. I hope your day is totally fantastic, CoCo

  4. Lindsey says

    I can’t wait to hear the prayers of little people as they sit to eat Sunday supper on that beautiful bench. You guys did an incredible job transforming a beautiful thing into another beautiful thing. Well done. Best transformation yet.

  5. says

    What a great way to repurpose this bench! I love that it will be used and appreciated again — and all the more because you know that this bench has a history of second chances.

    • says

      Thank you so much, Jamie! We were really excited to be able to find the kneeling bench and give it some love. I can’t wait to see how it’s all going to come together in the dining room. Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

    • says

      Cat, you’re so sweet to offer thank you! From what I understand DecoArt chooses the winners from a panel of judges. There are three prizes so I am hopeful. I hope your day is an exciting one, lots of hugs, Coco

    • says

      Such sweet words, Jamie, thank you! It took us a hot minute to relay our vision because that red fabric was so distracting. We’re super excited with the way it all came out and I can’t wait to see it in the dining room now. Hope your day is happy one, Coco

  6. says

    Coco, I love this prayer bench and just knowing it’s a place that so many people have knelt and prayed would give me comfort having it in my home and a place to sit and think and ponder at times. It turned out so beautiful. hugs to you xo Lisa

    • says

      I appreciate that, Lisa, thank you. It’s definitely going to be an honor to have it as part of my childhood home. I can’t wait to see how it looks in the dining room. Have an awesome day, Coco

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