Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Painted Suitcase

Ah...Christmas break! I love the week after Christmas, when no one has any responsibilities and you can just let down. It's such a fun, relaxing time! I've been spending the first few days of my break working on some projects. The major one I'm working on is something I started months ago, and ran into a number of snags with. Hopefully I'll be sharing that with you by the end of this week/beginning of next week, but I can't make any promises on that.

The other smaller project I did some work on is an old suitcase that's been sitting in our basement for a couple years. We got it from my grandma's house after she passed away. I like the sense of history it has, but as it was it wasn't very interesting.


I had seen lots of others around blogland who had painted their suitcases and made them look fantastic, so I thought I'd try my hand at it. Below is the result.




I'm pretty happy with the finished product.

Unfortunately the paint didn't stick to the suitcase that well, so when I transported it to take these pictures some of the paint rubbed off the handle. I've got some sealer that I'm going to spray the entire thing with though, which should solve that problem. :)

That's all for now! Hopefully I'll be sharing again with you soon!


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22 comments:

  1. I love how it turned out! You just gave me inspiration to pull out one or two of the old suitcases I have picked up at local thrift stores and try my hand at painting them.

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  2. Looks fantastic - great job! I am so into suitcases and have thought about painting one myself; have just never done it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    -Andrea

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  3. Wow! I wouldn't have ever thought of that. It turned out really cute!

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  4. Visiting by way of the Trendy Treehouse linky and wanted to come by to pay my compliments on your painted suitcase project. It came out beautifully! Sorry to hear about the paint chipping off, but hopefully the clear coat will preserve the rest of your lovely project! Happy New Year! Jenn

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  5. It looks great. I have some Samsonite suitcases sitting around in an odd color. I've been debating between paint and decopauge. Thanks for the paint inspiration.

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  6. Very nice! Paint can save anything, right?!

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  7. Hi, found you thru theshabbychiccottage. Wonderful idea!!!! I see these cases all of the time but always pass them up because they usually are very unattractive, but after seeing how yours turned out - FANTASTIC - I am off to the thrift store to try my hand at painting one.

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  8. Um, this is gorgeous! I would love to find an old suitcase that I can paint.. Fabulous! I hope you will stop by my blog.. I am having a 11 in 2011 party, starting Thursday!

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  9. It looks fantastic! I think it turned out wonderful!

    I have a party every wednesday. I would love if you would join me next week.

    http://www.lifeinmypjs.com

    xoxo

    ~Ela

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  10. Beautiful! Great eye!
    Bon @ Drab to FAb
    http://www.gorgfabgoodies.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful job!!!! I just love the idea of painting suitcases. Yours turned out so nice! I even like the rubbed off part. Makes it look more vintage. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  12. Never think of paint a suitcase before, but after saw yours I think I will add this into my to-do-list
    My empty house need a lot of decors, geee
    Thank you so much for sharing

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  13. looks great. have not tried that yet.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  14. Visiting from The Shabby Chic Cottage. Great job--beautiful display. Have a blessed New Year!

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  15. I love this idea! I think it turned out lovely!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  16. I love it! Did you use a certain type of paint?

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  17. Steph: I just used some flat latex paint I had sitting around, but I think any paint should work, so long as it spray it with a sealer when you're done. :)

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  18. I was going to ask the same questian as Steph. It would be fun for us to see a little how you made it so we can make our own! :-) Did you prime it? Just used a brush and latex paint and a glaze I assume? It's beautiful!

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  19. How impressed am I with you?? 17 and already creating beautiful furniture and accessories... What a great and creative guy you are... I LOVE to redo furniture.. I've been taking a long break since before Thanksgiving, but I'm ready to get rolling again soon. I was Googling painted suitcases and found your post... LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Great job!

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  20. LOVE the painted suitcase, Rob!!! My granddad has some old suitcases that I wanted, but I wasn't a big fan of the colors! I love how the painting turned out, though, so I'll have to do that too!

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  21. Love it! That is actually the best painted suitcase I've seen. I'm inspired!

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