The Church Pew Bench

For those who have been here awhile, you have seen the vintage bench outside on my front porch.  For those who are new, let me introduce you to my Church pew bench {wink}.

church pew bench

the story of the coveted church pew bench

This is one of those items I wanted for awhile, and one day I saw a post for church pew for sale on a facebook page at a vintage store. The store was about one hour North from me, and I messaged them about details. I promptly drove up there the following day.  She was still there;  she was in good shape; she was already painted; she was priced reasonably; she had to come home with me.

church pew

Don’t ask me how, but I crammed her in my SUV and she barely, barely fit. I wasn’t going home without her.  I drove home carefully not to scrap or harm the inside of my car. Once I got home with no questions asked Mr. M just unloaded her, moved her and placed her where I wanted.

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a home for the coveted church pew bench

She was originally painted a soft green color which totally worked for me.  I love green and our house was a pale straw color so it looked good against the siding.  Well, remember we got our house painted a few weeks ago, which I shared with our {front yard sitting area} post.  Well, the painters were nice enough to spray the bench pew our trim color, which looks so crisp and fresh against the Sherwin Williams Light French Gray on the house.

church bench

When we redid the front yard we moved the bench from the side of the front door to the front of the house on the left side.  Mr. M built a landing pad with the slate between the two windows in the front. It turned out to be the exact footprint for the Church pew.

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styling the church pew bench

I decorated it for the 4th of July which I shared here {patriotic decorating ideas}.  

church bench

Since then I have acquired a few more zinc containers.  This past weekend we took a day trip down to Santa Cruz, CA.  One of my favorite local French antique dealers, Atelier de Campagne, was having a customer drop-in Sunday.  I got my zinc bucket with the moss sphere from them.

Plus another retailer in the area {which is new to me} Patine was having a huge container unloading sale.  They had so many beautiful European wares and I definitely will be going back in the near future.  I only got the zinc container with the Angel Wings plant, but there were sooo many things I wanted to bring home.

I don’t know where all these zinc and galvanized containers will end up, but the beauty of containers is that they can be moved around {if they are not too heavy that is}.

church pew bench

Miss M created the California sign last year with her Cheer squad at a social bonding event.  She did a great job, and it’s a great nod to our California journey for the last 25 years.

painted church pew bench

front yard progress report

Just to give you some perspective.  This is what this area looked like before the front yard remodel.  You can spy the church pew bench on the side by the front door and next to the cast iron urn.

This is what it looked like during the remodel but before we painted the house.

This is what it looks like right now; plus more changes and improvements to come.  I just ordered some outdoor pillows, since these are borrowed from inside the house and are not necessarily outdoor pillows.

You can see from these photos that the plantings have grown in and are settling nicely.  We still have many areas to tackle, but I am taking my time since I am unsure of some decisions and can’t find certain items.  It’s all part of the process.  I will share more updates on the front yard redesign soon.

“If home is the heart, then the garden is the heartbeat.”

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sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Janet says:

    I love this modern take on a vintage church pew. Painting it solid white gives it a more modern look.

  2. Lynda says:

    It looks so nice with the updates to the house. Really looks good. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Lynda. XO- MJ

  3. Kathy A says:

    Our small Maine town church pews are white–and danged uncomfortable when the minister gets long-winded!!! The back is one board wide–a great indication of the age. You have done a wonderful job styling your pew and your yard! I covet those lovely zinc containers!!!

    1. Thanks so much Kathy! It’s great to style it through the seasons. XO- MJ

  4. Donna Allen says:

    I love the color you painted the house! The bench looks amazing in the trim color and fits just perfect in it’s new spot! your yard is looking so good! Hugs, Donna

    1. Laurie says:

      Cool bench!
      I like the idea here.

      Thanks so much for bringing your project over to the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!

      Ridge Haven Homestead

      1. Thanks Laurie. XO- MJ

    2. Thanks so much Donna! XO- MJ

  5. decorativeinspirationsgmailcom says:

    My mom collected antiques, and growing up we had a church pew. I thought it was the best then as I do today. Would play for hours on and under it. Now as an adult I am on the look out for my own. Yours looks beautiful. So much you can do with it!

    1. Thanks. I looked for one for awhile. It’s a bit larger than I wanted but now it fits the spot perfectly. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  6. Susan E says:

    Love the house and front yard makeover! Any plans for something to hang on the house over the bench? I think it would give even greater impact and create a room like feel. Great job!

  7. sdsikes says:

    This is really cute! I love church pews!

  8. Cara says:

    So first of all, I have never met someone who can shop in person at Atelier de Campagne, I fell in love with their shop and items a few years ago, and like to frequent their social media pages! I am a huge fan of their items! Next, I love the way your updating looks, it just adds so much charm to your home. I am stuck on our backyard, and think well, there is always next year, ha! Love the church pew, I always think they are so cozy. The zinc and galvanized pots look perfect!

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