Hello amazing friends and Happy Valentine’s Day! Of course I love my Hubby, but seriously, there are few things I love more than taking forgotten treasures and giving them new life again! Who’s with me?
Today I’m continuing through my new thrift store haul with this vintage suitcase I scored for only $4!
I actually found two similar green suitcases together that day and both were only $4 each. Funny thing, the young girl ringing me up didn’t know how to open them ha ha!
I am always on the lookout for vintage suitcases, but don’t find them too often.
Here is how I reimagined this one:
From that angle, it looks like I added stripes to the top, but nope!
That would be buffalo check fabric!
Would you believe I actually found that fabric at the thrift store as well?
That was a few months back. I found several pretty pieces of fabric on that trip.
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I knew the top and bottom would be covered in fabric so there was no need to spray it.
Then I gave the suitcase three coats of DIY chalk paint made with Bit of Sugar by Behr. (Recipe HERE.) I did paint the top and bottom so the white would be a nice bright backdrop for the new fabric. I followed with a light sanding on all the raised areas using 220 grit sandpaper.
I went ahead and sealed the painted finish as well before adding the fabric. To seal it, I found something new to try! When I was picking up a new gallon of Bit of Sugar this weekend at The Home Depot, I spied a new-to-me wax made by Behr! It is intended to be used with their brand of chalk paint, but it worked great with my DIY version too, AND it had almost no smell to it! I’ll have to try it on something larger next time, but so far so good.
Next it was time to add the fabric to the top and bottom. To do that, I first made a pattern using brown paper and a pencil:
Then I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to get nice cuts with minimal fraying:
I did not apply another layer of Mod Podge over the top as I don’t expect this suitcase to be used for actual travel.
It would be great for storing all kinds of things right out in the open, though…like your kids’ or grandkids’ toys! Remember the set of three baskets I made over when we first moved into this house? Those baskets now hold a bunch of Brennan’s toys he plays with often. Cleaning them up quickly is a breeze.
I added the #5 tag to give it a little something extra. I cut it out of a scrap piece of luan I had in the garage using my miter saw:
I sanded the edges smooth and then while I still had my spray shelter up and spray paint out, I gave it a couple of coats of black paint. I used this stencil and a small brush to add the number five:
But uh oh!
I had a little too much paint on my brush…proving that things don’t always go as planned around here, but I just keep going.
I grabbed a liner brush to smooth out the edges:
When the paint was dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it all out. I used the same Behr wax to seal, drilled a hole, and attached it to my new suitcase with ribbon:
Ready to see the inside?
I couldn’t leave the inside circa 1960:
Although it was in very good condition, I replaced it with something to better match the buffalo check on the outside!
This isn’t too hard to do at all, I promise.
I first cut a piece of fabric just a tiny bit larger than the bottom of the inside, and I did the same for the top of the inside. I glued those pieces in place where the sides meet the bottom, all the way around using hot glue:
Then I cut a band of fabric the same depth as the sides plus 1/2″ or so. I folded the top and bottom 1/4″ or so and used my iron to hold the folded edges in place.
Then I attached it the sides with hot glue:
That seam you see in the band of fabric above? I did that with hot glue too so no sewing required!
I did the top the same way.
Darker fabrics hide a multitude of flaws. Just sayin. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this little makeover! The vintage green wasn’t bad, but now it has buffalo check charm!
That’s two pieces down!
If you liked this makeover, you’ll enjoy this one too:
See how the larger of these two suitcases turned out HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this footstool I scored for $12!
Have a beautiful weekend!
UPDATE: See how I totally cheated the tufting on this stool HERE now!
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