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:
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:
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.
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…
The stripe is Harmony from Country Chic Paint.
For the Paris graphic, I used this stencil from Artistic Stencil Designs.
I used adhesive spray to hold it in place, I just sprayed the back of the stencil. Then I used a small brush and acrylic craft paint to fill in the stencil, brushing away from the edges as much as possible. I’m not a huge fan of the stippled look that you often get with a stencil brush, so I like to use a regular little brush.
One thing I don’t love about stencils is how they look like, well…stencils, with all the breaks in the letters.
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:
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.
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:
It was in really great condition and had absolutely no odor…perfect. I also like these pull-down thingys…
Probably not as effective as the straps we have in our luggage today though.
Say good-bye to the blue!
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…
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.
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.
You could use this to store so many different things!
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…
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.
Click on the links below the collage to take you to the after of each project!
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:
Update: See it here now! 🙂
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