Hello sweet Friends!! Today I am finally sharing the second suitcase of this set I picked up curbside a year or so ago. I gave my garage a serious cleaning and uncovered it from one of the corners. I’ll be back on Thursday with a glimpse of all the stuff I decided to purge. (It was A LOT!)
I shared what I did with the first suitcase HERE, and today I’m sharing how I transformed the larger of the two:
That one wasn’t in as pristine condition as the smaller one was, and I had a hard time coming up with an idea for it. I switched directions a couple of times, but here is what I finally settled on:
I was really looking for some kind of travel quote, but I kept coming back to French graphics. I think it works! I’m including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then I gave it a couple of coats of Bit of Sugar by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)
It was pretty humid the day I painted this, and the black was still a bit tacky when I added the white. I ended up getting this really cool crackled effect in some areas:
Then I added the stripes using FrogTape. I was going for an all black and white look to start…
Then I decided to change directions as you can see and added that pop of blue. (Sunken Pool by Behr) I love the added pop of color.
I also added it to the sides:
That’s my favorite part!
After adding my stripes, this is where I stalled a bit. Like I said I was looking for something fun that had to do with travel and nothing seemed to fit. I love this French graphic from The Graphics Fairy. She has a ton of free downloadable graphics! This one has nothing to do with travel at all, but I have used it a few times before and thought it would fill the space nicely.
I started by saving this graphic in the reverse on my computer. (I tried to locate this on The Graphics Fairy site so I could link directly to it, but could not. You can find it by googling “French Graphics” though.)
Then I uploaded it to blockposters.com, and chose the size I wanted. You just select how many pages wide you want it…now that’s my kind of math!
Then I printed it out:
It has to be in the reverse to work.
Then I trimmed the margins and taped it together:
I placed it face down on my surface, and rubbed a pencil across the back to transfer the image to the suitcase:
This may seem tedious, but it is surprisingly relaxing.
After it was completely dry, I sanded the surface lightly to smooth it out. Then I waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.
This isn’t really ready for travel, but would be a great storage piece! You could fill it with photos or keepsakes, or store out of season clothing in it. Then you can just sit it right out in the open.
The inside looked like this before:
I unscrewed that center piece and removed it, then lined the suitcase with this pretty black fabric from Hooby Looby:
See the complete how-to for lining the inside in my first suitcase makeover HERE.
Such a fun piece now, don’t you think?
Some older suitcases are very cool as is, but this blue wasn’t very exciting. It only cost me the fabric since I already had the paint and I found the suitcase on the curb, so why not right? Do you have any old suitcases in need of a facelift?
Here’s another project I did with graphics using blockposters.com, and it is one of my favorites:
Click HERE to check it out!
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing a couple of quick makeovers including this little lamp:
Plus I’ll give you a peek of my big purge!
UPDATE: Check out how I updated this lamp and see all the stuff I purged HERE!
Have a great day! 😀
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