My father-in-law bought a pew from a garage sale for $5 several years ago. He no longer had a use for it, so he gave it to my husband and me last spring. We set it out on our front porch during the summer and it got pretty beat up. By the end of the summer it was dirty, covered in bugs, and the finish was starting to chip off. I decided it needed some tlc.
I brought it in the garage and spent several hours sanding. There’s a lot of surface area on this thing when you have to sand every inch, corner, and joint. When I finally finished sanding, I stained it and put on 3 coats of semi-gloss polycrylic.
For a $5 pew, it doesn’t look too bad!
I’m currently working on two projects (painting my bathroom and refinishing an antique table) and will soon share before/after pictures of those.