Church Treasures

January 9th, 2010 in member junk     
A_time_to_keep A_time_to_keep, member
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The entry way in my home with church bench and attendance chart. 
This attendance chart was a gift from a friend when they tore down an old church.  I love it and have kept it exactly as it came to me.  Im guessing it could have other fun uses but I like it as is. 
The oak bench was twice as long when I got it.  I had it cut down to half its original size so it would fit in my home. 
Not a church item but I like it in the entry way.  This old cheese box has my maiden name on it and I use it to hold mittens and hats. 
The entry way in my home with church bench and attendance chart. 

The entry way in my home with church bench and attendance chart. 

I love collecting treasures that are church related.  I'm not convinced that this type of collecting will ever catch on with everyone.  However, my husband is a pastor, so I have a huge affinity for them.  These photos are from my entry way.

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, furniture, entry

Comments (19)

pofolksdecorator1 writes: This is adorable! A friend gave me a sanded down ready to stain 100 year old church bench. It has the metal springs and no upholstry. I can order tapestry material or barkcloth on ebay. I don't know how to make the seats to cover. Do I just get old couch foam and cover it? Annie Posted: 12:55 pm on January 17th
itsnotjunk2me writes: I too love the use of the old pew and attendance chart...great idea to have pew cut down to fit. I especially love the cheesebox/storage...trying to figure what to use for mittens/earmuffs in our entryway and this may just work for us!
btw...the paneling mentioned in your clock medallion post...PAINT it! We painted paneling in my parents home and it looks great...kind of a beadboard-style look. ~judi ;) Posted: 11:17 am on January 11th
RustyDiva writes: Beautiful post! I'm with the others when I say I think the attendance chart is way cool! I don't think I've seen one that posts who brought and read their Bibles ~ very cool. Posted: 10:35 am on January 11th
bluebucket writes: I have two church pews. My long one sits on my veranda and the shorter one hasn't found a place yet but some things take time.
Church benches are just so classic (maybe not comfortable) but classic.
doreen Posted: 12:11 pm on January 10th
suewhitney writes: I'm with Candy, LOVE the attendance chart! I've rescued a lot of church related items in my day and I do think there are many people who find it interesting. It always breaks my heart when I see beautiful, old churches being torn down to make way for new and more modern ones. it makes me happy to know that there are folks that are rescuing the pieces. Nice work!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 10:18 am on January 10th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I LOVE the attendance chart! What great reuses!
Candy Posted: 8:20 am on January 10th
StrangeCargo writes: Ah, church treasures! We have an assortment, too, a 7 foot long pew in our mud room, angel statuary, a large crucifix on a pedastal in the garden, altar candleholders, and the coup de grace, a 4 foot tall brass poor box, "Offerings for the Poor" in our hallway. We always encourage donations!

Your post is warm and inspiring. Thanks.

Ken Posted: 6:51 am on January 10th
A_time_to_keep writes: Well, Junkarchitect, your post cracked me up. You should have taken in all. Once, my Dad got pews from an old Catholic church that were beautiful with great carvings on the sides. He made them in to a headboard and footboard for their guest room. It's really cute. I'll have to post a picture of his creation. Posted: 9:31 pm on January 9th
Cocalotta writes:
I LOVE the bench! I have looked for one to put on my
"landing" from my Coca Cola basement. I love throw
pillows so it would be fun to have some to match.
Guess I'll have to do like you...have one cut down as
I can never find the small one.
I like the Attendance Board also...I could imagine
different things you could put on it. Yours is perfect
with Hubby being a Pastor.
The other pieces blend right in making a beautfiul
entry way. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 8:18 pm on January 9th
JunkArchitect writes: You post reminds me of the EIGHT LONG YEARS I spent in catholic elementary school and all the cool desks, tables, benches, old maps and even vintage pencil sharpeners that the place was bursting at the seams with. I should have taken it all at the end of eight grades! That’s enough about my traumatic school years.
The bench and attendance chart look awesome in your entry.

Jim Posted: 8:10 pm on January 9th
54girl writes: Love your entry way!! The attendance chart is to cute!! Mary Posted: 5:46 pm on January 9th
junkermidge writes: I love your entryway. The bench is great and I especially love that attendance board. And I love that cheese box/mitten storage with your name on it.
Midge Posted: 4:35 pm on January 9th
Clickart writes: Great re-use for the church bench and the old attendance chart really tops it off! I just saw that an old church locally is having a re-locating sale and they listed pews among their stuff. Hmmmm, maybe we're not so snowed-in after all and can get by there to take a look! Thanks for the inspiration... Posted: 3:51 pm on January 9th
alicemom writes: The attendance chart is my very favorite. It is a wonderful reminder of days gone by.(for me). Our church now does not have one.
smiles, alice Posted: 2:48 pm on January 9th
grannijo writes: I have always admired the old church attendnce have displayed it very nice...the bench is awesome too...thanks for sharing!...sharon Posted: 1:35 pm on January 9th
chippingcharm writes: I love church treasures too. That attendance sign is so cool!!! Have you seen Sue's post using the old wooden organ pipes? If not, you should take a peek. I bet you'll love it :) Laurel Posted: 1:15 pm on January 9th
LuAnn writes: Lovely porch and great items. You did a good job.

LuAnn Posted: 12:24 pm on January 9th
MakinItHappen writes: Your chart reminds me of the tiny church my Grandma attended when I was very young. It could be from anywhere in the country. Memories... Posted: 11:41 am on January 9th
oldnews writes: I love the bench, it's beautiful! It all looks wonderful and is even better because it has special meaning to you! That's just an added bonus! Marie Posted: 11:24 am on January 9th
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