Hello amazing friends! Today I’m sharing a fun find I scored at the thrift store by my Mom’s house a couple of weeks ago.
This cool vintage travel case was only $5:
I was immediately drawn to its charm the minute I spied it, and it was in excellent condition.
I decided to have some fun with pattern for this one…
My dresser I shared on Thursday was the perfect prop. 🙂
I created the harlequin pattern using a little trick folding paper…
Here are all the steps in this tutorial I shared a few years ago:See the full tutorial in detail HERE.
I prefer FrogTape to the blue tape I used for that project I did ages ago.
Then I added stripes to the side, with FrogTape of course:
I removed the tape while the paint was still wet.
I love the two patterns together.
It seemed like it needed a little something more, so I dug through my stencils and found this PARIS one I purchased HERE…
I filled in all the breaks in the letters so it would look less like a stencil.
The inside was in perfect condition, so I left it as is:
Now this isn’t going to be able to handle the airlines without coming out a scuffed up mess I’m sure, but I’ll be keeping this to use it to hold all my cards and travel mementos I’ve saved over the years…
I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time parting with birthday and anniversary cards, especially things my kids make for me. I also like to save tickets. etc from special trips we’ve taken. (It’s the hoarder in me!)
This case is perfect for that.
I loved the brass/gold details so I decided to keep them as is.
I used my DIY chalk paint in Bit of Sugar by Behr for the base color, and the patterns were added using Pebble by Fusion Mineral Paint. I was looking through some colors they had sent me a while back to find a color that would blend with the interior of the case and this looked pretty close with just a hint of green in it. As it dried though, it looked more gray.
This was a fun little piece to work on…much more fun than figuring out a way to refresh these super faded outdoor light fixtures without removing them from the wall:
But I did it! I’ll be back to share those on Thursday in case your outdoor fixtures are in need of some help too. I have a super simple way to update them without even having to take them down!
See y’all then!
UPDATE: No need to wait…check out my trick for updating those fixtures in a flash HERE now!
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