There is a post on Apartment Therapy about churches that have been turned into homes: The Ultimate in Upcycling: Homes in Converted Churches.
It corresponded nicely with a home I was in over the weekend. The house was built in 1883, and has a private chapel inside. With 20’ ceilings, and an organ to match.
The owners use it for “storage.”
I wasn’t there for a house tour, so I was a little reluctant to gape and frame pictures beautifully… but you can see that when this house goes for sale, I’ll be marching Paul over there. To show him all the “storage” space.
This bench is one of my favorite finds. I was lucky enough to get it with all the pieces intact, and I love everything about it. The tufting, the curved legs, the claw feet, the decorative fencing.
I wandered over to Apartment Therapy this morning and saw this:
Hey!! That’s my Bench! Except the green upholstery is so much better.
Mine was recovered at some point in utterly hideous fabric. My plan was to redo it myself. Probably in white linen. But it was one of those projects that became overwhelming just contemplating it—that’s a lot of tufting for a novice.
So rather than spend a week in the garage— exploring my limitations as an upholsterer… I made a slipcover. It took about twenty minutes and involved nothing more than some scissors, a measuring tape, and my sewing machine. It was supposed to be a temporary fix, but here it is nearly a year later. As long as you don’t look too closely at the wompy corners, it’s delightful.