Curbside Suitcase Makeover

That’s right, no shame here. I sure DID pick up a suitcase off of someone’s curb. In fact, I picked up two! I was taking my Mom home the other day and happened through the neighborhood I grew up in when I spied these two lovelies sitting out for the trash:

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I’m sure these were all the rage back in the day. I quickly threw them in my car and was on my way.

Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I had another project in mind, but I really wanted to play around with my new luggage. (Plus it really is trash!)

I decided to tackle the smaller of the two for this month’s challenge:

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

Whatcha think? Better, no? Now I don’t know that it’s ready for American Airlines, but it could be great for storing all sorts of things.

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

And you could leave it right out in the open!

You may or may not be in the market to paint an old suitcase, but just in case, here’s how I did mine…

To paint this, I first spray painted it with black spray paint. I knew I wanted to sand the edges here and there and I didn’t want the blue to show through. Then I painted it in a mix of Cottage White (Behr) and Pure White made into chalk paint.

I added the stripes using Frogtape for delicate surfaces…

Frogtape for delicate surfaces is awesome on freshly painted pieces

The stripe is Harmony from Country Chic Paint.

For the French graphic, I used this stencil from Artistic Stencil Designs.

Stencil from Artistic Stencil Designs

I used adhesive spray to hold it in place, I just sprayed the back of the stencil.

The thing I don’t love about stencils is how they look like, well…stencils, with all the breaks in the letters.

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So to fix that, I used a liner brush,the same black acrylic paint, and a steady hand to fill in those breaks. I also did the damask flourishes. In the photo below, the left side has been filled in, but the right has not. You can also probably tell that I went along the edges and cleaned them up as well:

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Now it looks hand-painted instead of stenciled. After the paint had dried a while, I lightly sanded over the whole graphic with 320 grit sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections.

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal.

Are you ready to see the inside?

Here it is before:

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It was in really great condition and had absolutely no odor…perfect. I also like these pull-down thingys…

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Probably not as effective as the straps we have in our luggage today though.

Say good-bye to the blue!

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

I stayed with the French theme with this French graphic fabric from Hancock Fabrics that I have used many times before. (Like on this dresser, and these chairs, and this desk chair, and this dresser, etc)

This would be great for storing a couple of extra blankets close by…

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For some reason my youngest always wants to unfold anything that is neatly folded, so my blankets left out in the open don’t stand a chance!

Here’s a quick pictorial for how I lined this suitcase. It would work for a trunk as well.

How to line a trunk or suitcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer 1. Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the bottom of your suitcase and hot glue in place. Cut off excess fabric at the corners if you wish.

2. Cut a strip of fabric to go all the way around the sides. Fold over at the top and secure with hot glue. This will create a neat top edge. Leave enough fabric to fold up at the bottom.

3. Hot glue top edge to inside all the way around.

4. Fold fabric up at the bottom and hot glue fabric strip in place.

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Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

You could use this to store so many different things!

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

 

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

My son kept adding characters to the top of the suitcase, having me take pictures so he could see them. That was a purpose I never even thought of for this piece. 🙂  Bonus points if you can name these Lego characters…

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

 

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

 

Curbside suitcase makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. This is a great way to add extra storage that's decorative too!

The best part of this project is it was free! My favorite kind. 🙂

Guess what? I’ve got four of my thrifty friends sharing their own trash to treasure transformations today.

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Click on the links below the collage to take you to the after of each project!

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  1. Girl in the Garage 2. Artsy Chicks Rule 3. Prodigal Pieces 4. Bless’er House

My Sister threatened to post me on FB picking up trash off of someone’s curb. She must not know me very well! I tell everyone myself ha ha!! Have you ever found anything good curbside? Please share!

I’ll be back on Thursday showing what I did with this:

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Update: See it here now! 🙂

XO,

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  1. Hi! Love, love the suitcase makeover! I also have some of the fabric that you used, love that, too! I have three suitcases and want to paint at least one of them. I wanted to ask why you spray painted it black first? Keep up the great makeovers & styling!

    Thanks,
    Cathy

  2. Why that little brain of yours never stops!!! LOVE the transformation!!! REALLY love the inside too!!!!….and your soooo fast!!! You should post yourself on the outskirts of a landfill…
    a one-woman crusader to save the world of junk!!!!!
    Addie

  3. I love the transformation of the blue suitcases. They turned out just right. I could see them in a spare bedroom, left open, with things a guest might need or want stashed inside. Great job again.

  4. Oh my, what a find, Christy! Those blue cases would have flown out of my shop, but ooh, la, la, the new one is perfect! Great job and thanks for sharing all your tips.

  5. Great job Christy!!!

  6. Laura Lane says:

    I hope you keep that Christy!!! That is the best find I have seen in a while. I wish I had your neighbors. lol You better keep this one….it looks good right there by the table. 😉

  7. Aleksandra says:

    You are so funny, Christy! My husband also had no shame actually CHASING someone who was going to dump this gorgeous (but filthy!) vintage circa 1930s trunk, right in the middle of Manhattan. Its been in my basement for a month now, and you gave me an idea of what to do with it! Yours turned out beauiful, as always!

  8. This is so cute, I love all of your projects, absolutely beautiful!

  9. What a fantastic transformation! It’s such a cute and functional accent piece now!

  10. It is so cute! Curbside shopping is my favorite, but around here right now, there isn’t much out there. You can do so many things with suitcases! You found a couple of gems! Great project!

  11. That is fantastic! Love it!

  12. Love your suitcase makeover! Wow! You did a fantastic job painting and “relining” it. I love the script fabric and anything to do with Paris! Keep up the great work.

  13. Cindy Mansfield says:

    Brilliant!!

  14. Great look for the suitcase Christy. I see this type of look all the time at our local HomeSense store here or Marshalls perhaps? Paris chic was in last year hot and heavy and still is. I have a few pieces reflecting this Paris theme for my kitchen.

  15. girlfromwva says:

    LOVE it! now maybe i am ready to tackle a suitcase i got from a yard sale for next to nothing. thanks for all the ideas and items that you used!

  16. I just love your fearless thriftin’ ways!!! 😉 I would so do the same though! I have no shame either! Love the suitcase, sooo pretty now! The inside is the icing on the cake!
    And yes to connecting the stencil, does look hand painted now.
    xo
    Nancy

  17. Wow! What a great transformation! would love to do one with my hometown’s name on it.

    Couldn’t tell from the pictures, was the suitcase hard-sided and covered in leather?

  18. I Always find the best stuff curbside, and get giddy over those treasure finds! Great makeover I sure would have snatched those up as well great find, I’m jealous.. lol

  19. Great makeover! I got lucky before Christmas and found a beautiful leather-like vintage suitcase in a trash pile. All I had to do was clean the outside and air out the inside. A lady bought it to use for jewelry storage. I really like how you updated both the inside and the outside of your suitcase.

  20. The suitcase is adorable! I wasn’t really into suitcases, but maybe I am now. Beautiful job!

  21. Sooooo cute, Christy! I love how you did the inside with the stamped fabric!

  22. Shirley Dunn says:

    You did an amazing job & it’s beautiful inside as well as outside. Xx

  23. Wendy Johnson says:

    “To paint this, I first spray painted it with black spray paint. Then I painted it in a mix of Cottage White (Behr) and Pure White made into chalk paint.” I am not very crafty so can I ask why you painted it black first?

  24. It looks Great! I love how you did the inside too!

    Tania

  25. That is beyond fabulous – love what you did to this vintage suitcase! When I was actively doing real estate home staging we would often jump for joy when we shopped the home and found old suitcases to use as end tables, etc. The neighbours would have heard us screeching for joy had we stumbled upon one this gorgeous!

  26. This is fantastic, Christy! Can’t wait to see what you do with the other one! I’ve painted a suitcase before but I had no clue what to do with the inside- yours is perfect! <3

  27. your suitcases turned out amazing. PS- your neighbor called and wants them back!

  28. With or without the Lego people, this is a lovely transformation. Truly trash to treasure. Pinning and sharing.

  29. Do I win a French suitcase if I say Gandolf, Wild Style and Batman (he’s very dark, you know!) 😀 And would you guess my kids are in college and high school?!!
    Seriously, what a great project. Thanks for the tutorial on lining the suitcase. You really did a great job! “Everything is Awesome!” …. I think it’s only fair that you have that song in your head, as well! haha Take care, Cynthia

  30. My goodness! That is incredible. What a fantastic transformation. I’m really impressed with how you did the inside. I’ve tried to strip the inside of one of these suitcases, and finally gave up! Never even got to the re-lining stage!

  31. Lauri Kunze says:

    I’m so glad I found you! I first saw your suitcase makeover featured in my daily Hometalk email and now that I see your project gallery, I’m a big fan! In a sea of creative talent represented on Hometalk, your projects really stand out. The suitcase became my new must-have item so I went out and found one and can’t wait to get started.

    • Oh that is awesome, Lauri! Thank you, I’m so glad you found me! That suitcase was so fun to redo. I have another one waiting for it’s big makeover. I’m gearing up for March Madness now where I share a thrifty makeover every day in March. It’s a lot of fun! I hope you’ll come back and visit often. 🙂

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