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Shabby chic tables with pews and benches

Hi there, sorry its been so long, its not you its me...! Just a quick post today about the use of pews and benches with dining tables. I love doing this particularly in small spaces/kitchens etc because you can use a narrow table and a bench on one side (that fully tucks under when not in use) and pretty chairs on the other side maintaining the attractive look of a dining set without having to opt for a breakfast bar etc to save space!
If space is less of a problem a beautiful pew can be a fantastic seating option. I find they work best against walls and whether its a stunning reclaimed gothic church pew(sigh) or a painted mdf one they provide fantastically practical seating and (most importantly!!) another place to dislay pretty cushions that your husband never new you needed before(how did he not know!).
I have fond memories of being squeezed onto a pew with 100 other children(ok I do occassionally exagerate!) for parties and dinners as a child, my mum went through a pine`reclaimed` phase, unfortunately this involved getting rid of our inherited antiques and trawling shops and barns to find more modern furniture to replace them... however, I do remember the pew as being one of the changes I approved of!
For my `tiny` eating area (yes I do sometimes miss my grand dining room) I used an old church pew cut into a corner bench (with pretty cushions!) to provide flexible seating for our family, with a sweet vintage drop leaf table/trolley! My children are very happy with it, Oscar loves kneeling on the cushions and eating breakfast there and the table can be wheeled out of the way to hoover up the mess after!!
Anyway, thanks for reading and do remember to pop over to my facebook page if you want to say `hi`, i`m always on there and very happy to answer questions if your thinking about having a go at renovating for the first time!
XFiFi

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Amanda on 15 April 2013 09:13
Love the use of benches with tables, such a classic chic look! x
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georgia kessler on 11 July 2013 20:38
Hi, I am writing to you from ITV with regards to the possibility of you becoming an official supplier for Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover. We are currently working on an amazing transformation for a deserving family living in Northampton. We want to surprise them with the living room of their dreams with a vintage feel to help them enjoy some quality family time. We would love for you to work alongside our designer, in creating a perfect space. Our designer has specially chosen a dining table from your website that she would love to feature in this makeover if you would be happy to supply? Here's a little more about the show and how you will be credited. TV’s favourite makeover show is back with a brand new presenter, Peter Andre, bigger and better makeovers and even more tips and inspiration for our viewers. We are looking for new suppliers to come on board with us on this new show and would love you to be involved. In each show, Peter along with a professional designer and team of handymen and women will transform properties across the UK. We will surprise people who are facing everyday design dilemmas in their homes with stylish makeovers using quality furniture, wall coverings, soft furnishings and accessories. The makeovers will no longer have to be completed in an hour, so our transformations will be better than ever before. We’ll also re-visit two weeks later to see how the new room has changed the lives of the homeowners. We completed filming 40 episodes for ITV1 in 2011 and have been commissioned to produce 30 new shows this year, around September/October time. The last series was extremely popular with audiences reaching well over 1.5 million viewers every day. At the end of each show viewers are directed to our website, itv.com/60mm, for further information about products and suppliers. It is extremely popular and features lots of information about the items used in the show and allows viewers to replay episodes from the series. All companies providing products for use in the makeovers will be listed with a credit and a link from our website to theirs, if they want. While ITV strictly controls use of its logos and trademarks, we do have an “official supplier” logo which we can license to companies who have worked with us for use on their website. These licences can be supplied upon request. We cannot guarantee how products will appear in the show as there are strict broadcasting rules regulating undue prominence and product placement. But obviously we intend to feature your item in the makeover and may be able to provide details in an on-screen graphic or a “with thanks to” credit for your company in the end credits. There is also a possibility that Peter and the designer may discuss the item onscreen. Thank you so much again. I look forward to hearing from you, please don't hesitate to contact me on the below information with any questions. Georgia
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