How To Create Cozy Seating For Your Entryway


Looking to add a cozy feel to your entryway? Faye from Farm Life Best Life turned some old church pews into a stylish farmhouse bench that’s both practical and beautiful for the entrance to her home! Keep reading to see all the refinishing techniques she used.

“Someday I’ll wish upon a star,
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops.”

Hmmm… where troubles melt like lemon drops… sounds delightful doesn’t it? Sounds like home to me!

What does home sound, feel, and smell like for you? The feeling of a warm bed on a cold winter morning… the smell of fresh pie baking in the oven… the sound of rain pattering against the window?

Mmmm… there’s no place like home.

I was a lucky girl to come across three 10-foot church pews, that were shouting “RESTORE AND TRANSFORM ME PLEASE” from high above the mountain tops! Although 10-feet of bench works just lovely in a church… five-feet of bench in ones’ home is what we want right?! Ah yes farm charm admirers… all it takes is some precious time and pleasing products.

Liquorice rustic black distressed bench - Faye Fossay Liquorice rustic black distressed bench - Faye Fossay

My transformation process:

  • Disassembled original 10-foot length ~ oh so very carefully
  • Stored-away one of the 5-foot lengths and unfinished-middle-end ~ for another future bench transformation/restoration project
  • Secured finished-end to the 5-foot length ~ to achieve matching-ends
  • Lightly sanded down entire piece ~ to remove flaking finish and to prepare for product adhesion
  • Thoroughly vacuumed and washed entire piece ~ certainly required before transforming any piece of pre-loved furniture
  • Stained and varnished entire piece with Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, ‘Jacobean’ Wood Finish Stain, and Wipe-On Poly ~ and watched the colour soak in exactly like I envisioned
  • Black-wash applied Country Chic Paint in the colour ‘Liquorice‘ to the entire piece ~ to achieve even more charming aged depth
  • Varnished entire piece again with Minwax Wipe-On Poly ~ and there you have it… a bench that now feels like a warm c’mon in hug

Liquorice rustic black distressed bench - Faye Fossay

Looking to add a warm C’MON IN entryway hug to your home? If you adore the comforts and charm of well-lived-and-loved furniture, this ‘Over the Rainbow’ bench will melt your heart like lemon drops! Transformed and restored with my love for rustic so-very-strong in my heart. Solid, yet charmingly age beautified with nicks, scratches, dings, and worm holes… sweet imperfections of a long and beautifully lived life… a life that has many more memories to make, and many more family/friends to warmly welcome into ones’ home.
Liquorice rustic black distressed bench - Faye Fossay
I hope you visit again! My farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of country chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU!

To see more examples of furniture painted in the color Liquorice, click here.

Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of this rustic, farmhouse church pew refurbishment.


Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Furniture & Decor Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my Farm Life Best Life!

My family and I live, love and work on our farm in the heart of Manitoba CANADA — amidst wide-open spaces, cattle grazing and heart-dropping prairie sunsets.

I spend every spare moment I can beg, borrow or steal — restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic!

Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


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