Let me set the scene for you… It was the day after Christmas, my toddler was just getting over a cold, I was laying on the couch all day with the cold, and my husband was just starting with the cold. I was also very much in my “We’re never bringing another single thing into this house ever again!” state brought on by the blizzard of Christmas toys dropped on us. We’re talking enough cardboard boxes and wrapping paper that I started to feel sorry about all of the trees that were sacrificed for our merriment.
Being couch bound all day, I did what any good blogger does- watch Fixer Upper on loop while Pinteresting and dreaming up house plans. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was on Craigslist, “just browsing”. Y’all know as well as I do that there is no “just browsing” on Craigslist. It’s like shopping at a flea market or HomeGoods- when you find the thing that you love you’re left with no choice but to buy it immediately or walk away and live the rest of your life pining for the one that got away.
“Just browsing” turned into me finding one of my bucket list items. You know those “one day I’ll have a…” items. They’re usually the ones that allude you or that cost two months salary once you do find them. As soon as I saw it, I called my husband over to look at it, even interrupting my toddler mid-sentence (Sorry, Baby Cakes!). Before I knew it I was emailing the owner and saying we could pick it up the next day. Never mind that we were sick. Never mind that it wouldn’t really fit in the foyer very well with the existing entryway table. Never mind my vow to never bring any more stuff into the house again. All of the odds were working against us, but that doesn’t matter when you find an affordably priced bucket list item. You just fork over the cash and figure the rest out later.
You might have seen a sneak peek of it here, but here’s her official introduction:
Ain’t she a beaut?
Let’s talk about that hardware. I’m not sure what it’s there for. Our best guess is to hold umbrellas or canes. Doesn’t matter. It could be there to hold someone’s dentures and I wouldn’t care. It’s just so unique and charming! I’ve never seen one with that detail before.
The attached shelf behind the pew was a pleasant surprise. I’ve also never seen one like this before, but it works perfectly as a ledge for me to play with all of my props and styling goodies.
This church pew comes with a kind of funny story too. Does Craigslist kind of scare the Bojangles out of anyone else? Every time we either buy or sell something on Craigslist, I feel with 30% certainty that we are going to be killed or sold off to drug traffickers. My husband and I were trying to figure out how sketchy this would be based on the ad pictures. We saw a huge boat in the background, but the walls were all nicely painted with nice baseboards. The floors looked like painted cement, so we thought maybe it was taken in a church basement given that it was a church pew we were buying. But why the indoor boat? We were confused.
When the seller sent us his address, I did what any paranoid person does and surveyed that beast on Google street view. Turns out it was not a church but someone’s house. Someone’s house that was up for sale for almost 2 million dollars. The six car garage explains the indoor boat. And that was just the attached garage! Rolling up in our beater station wagon was a little intimidating.
It got me to thinking though…the ad for the church pew had been posted on Christmas day. I wondered why someone would be spending their Christmas posting ads to Craigslist rather than celebrating the holiday. I started envisioning that episode of Family Matters where Urkel is eating a burned hamburger patty on a fork all by himself in his basement on Christmas day. I was getting sad. Maybe the seller did celebrate and just had some free time at night or maybe he just doesn’t celebrate Christmas- I don’t know. But it did make me realize how lucky I was. I might not live in a $2 million house or have the newest car, but I have what’s important- a loving, healthy family. It was a little jolt of perspective that was much needed that time of year.
The table that was in our entryway got moved to the living room. I’m planning on refinishing the pew, eventually. I think I’m going to start by removing the existing stain and seeing what it looks like from there.
I’m still figuring out what I want to put on the wall above the pew. Probably a mirror since I just can’t help myself with them! Any other suggestions though?
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our new addition. I have a feeling she’ll be with us for a long, long time!
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