Distressing Benches and working on projects for the new shop.

Today I spent the day painting and distressing a bench that I am keeping because my guys made it for me they are building benches for my new store but this one is my heart so I thought I would try this method of distressing. It's very simple you prime the wood if it's unfinished or sand it and prime it if it's finished to take off the shine and rough it up. Then I choose a couple different colors of paint. I painted the green color first and then the second color which is an antique white to look like the colors are wearing off from years of use. I will sand some of the spots back to bare wood and use a stain to give it an antique worn look and seal it.
I like the worn off look of the paint it looks like it has been painted many times over many years.

I also made some charming vintage tags still need to add some lace but here is a couple that I have started.

I found  this wonderful shelf in my soon to be brother-in-laws junk pile he was going to throw it away! OH NO I grabbed it and cleaned it up and added some paint to it to give it some color. I love the little cubbies for my collections. I think it was used years ago in the post office there are little number or name tag holders on the ends of the cubbies how cute is that!

Another cute little wooden cubbie for candles and flowers.
And I took an old vintage suitcase and gave it a little shabby chic makeover. Still need to get an old key to hang on it but I think it's cute.
The old vintage postcards and the pretty french lady is so sweet.
I will be opening my business In February I finally decided on the name.
~Past & Present Antiques & Flea Market~
Lots to do to get ready
Wish me luck!
Thanks for visiting and watch for more posts of projects for the new shop.



Awww Sue Its a great Day when I see your works.Love the vintage postcard Doo!


You are on a roll! I love it...great ideas, great job!

~Tablescapes By Diane~

Hi lovely lady. You know I love vintage, The color looks great on the Bench !!! and the shop is going to be GREAT !!!! lol xxoo

Kim @ Second Time Furniture

What a cute bench! Great tips! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Creations from my heart

Hi Sue,
Thanks for coming by to visit and commenting about the rag quilt. I cut my square 8x8 and I did 5 squares across and 7 down. It was a nice size for a baby. I would love to see photos if you do the baby quilt.


Beautiful Job on that bench and congrats on your store wish I lived a little closer so I could visit it

Farah Muzaffar

Hi Sue first of congrats for your new store and what a suitable name it is... lovely ... I like your bench...


Lots of fun treasures! Oh, and Good Luck!

Linda @ A La Carte

Love the bench! So many great treasures. Good luck with the new business. Thanks for joining JFF. hugs, Linda


Great projects!! I am your newest follower.

Susan and Bentley

Honey at 2805

Congrats on the new store! Great bench.

Ms. Bake-it


Congratulations on your new business! Great name! I love the cubby you rescued!

~ Tracy


Sending out good wishes for your new business! Congrats! looks like you have great ideas for reuse of items!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating

Lots of hard work but so worth it! Good luck with the new business!


Everything looks so great and I know your store will be fabulous! I love the little cubbie shelves! Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday party this week!


Thank you all for the good wishes on my new business venture and the sweet comments they mean so much!!! XOXO Sue

Dragonfly Treasure

The bench and suitcase are fab! Keep up the good work and wishing you all the best with your shop!!

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