Friday, August 07, 2009

thrifty: the transformed suitcase FINISHED!

so remember this suitcase? (of course you do...i just told you about it yesterday!).

i am pretty proud of myself...this being my first ugly-to-adorable transformation (teenage years aside).

the suitcase is made out of tin. it was a fiber-looking pattern with gold trim.

old tin suitcase 2

old tin suitcase 1

the little guy was $6.95.

i raided my parents' stash of spray paint & found exactly what i was looking for.

old tin suitcase PAINT

i propped the suitcase up on a bucket & small box & got to spraying. i think i ruined the grass...sorry!!

i knew i was planning on covering the "body" of the suitcase & only needed to spray the edges.

old tin suitcase painted 1

old tin suitcase painted 2

i let it dry overnight (& in the 100-something-degree heat).

meanwhile i searched my mom's craft room for some generic spray adhesive. and i went to the craft store & bought some scrapbook paper that was gender neutral...

old tin suitcase paper

and cut & traced & spray that adhesive (on both my hand and the suitcase).

and VOILA!!!

old tin suitcase finished 1

old tin suitcase finished 2


old tin suitcase finished 4

you can see that it is far from perfect. my cutting wasn't precise. i missed some spots with the spraypaint. i even scratched the paint job already.

but all in all, i think it will be PERFECT for what i had in mind!

and watch out, i think this making-ugly-things-pretty business is addicting :) you might just see a little more of this on here...


Mary & Jake said...

Oh my gosh J...that is soo amazing and so cute! I am very impressed! Keep up the good work!

Brianna said...

That is too cool!

Teri said...

Hi J,
I'm a friend of your mom-in-law and she shared your blog with me...I love this idea for an old suitcase! Too cute! Do you mind if I share your link with readers of my blog? I think they'd really enjoy this project. Take care, Teri

JMom said...

WOW!!! I love this!!!!

j... said...

Absolutely :) Feel free to share it, Teri! This transforming stuff is pretty fun! (Gay tells me about you all the time! Looking forward to meeting you sooner than later!)

Destination Seaborn said...

Wow...this is AWESOME!!! I love vintage luggage so this will be DEFINATELY going in my project file! Great job ~ Lisa

Jessica said...

I LOVE this! Now I def have to go find an old suitcase to restore!

You did an amazing job!

Sheri said...

I'm immpressed!! How appealing! I've posted a link on Thanks for sharing!

Ashleigh said...

You are a genius, my friend. Love it! said...

wow! it looks great!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

It turned out so cute!!! I love it!!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

!!!! no WAY! now i want to go out, find an old suitcase and attempt a similar makeover. this is SUPER adorable!

All Things Creative said...

I LOVE this!

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