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Vintage Luggage Makeover.

Last spring I got an email from an Art of Doing Stuff reader who lives in my general area. She said she had spotted a vintage suitcase out for garbage pickup while she was out for her morning walk. She lugged it home, emailed me and asked if I'd

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How the journey begins

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Wish You Were Here

Pack your bags and head out on a creative journey with us today!! We've got so many amazing new products to showcase, all featuring a travel-inspired theme. You're going to love how versatile these products are, for a huge variety...

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Our Hopeful Home: DIY Painted Vintage Suitcase

I recently saw a fabulous vintage suitcase do-over.  It had bold stripes painted across it and I loved it!  The Lily Pad Cottage   It got me thinking and googling.... googling and thinking.    And here's another one I drooled over from The Concrete Cottage.   The Concrete Cottage Dontcha just love those colors? And here's another one. Oakview Cottage Wow. So, my wheels started turning and my thoughts went to a small vintage suitcase I had just picked up at Goodwill for $1.99.  It's not even a suitcase, really. I think it was actually an album case.  I found a sticker inside it that looks like it might have come from a music store.  I guess I'll never know for sure.  All I do know is that it's definitely old. I figured it could stand a bit of work.  So I literally scrubbed it clean and decided on a color and pattern for the paint. My original idea was to recreate a grainsack pattern, but that idea went downhill pretty fast when I realized that the width of the stripes would have to be fairly substantial in order for it to be proportioned correctly on the case. But fat stripes wouldn't really look like a grainsack, now would it?  So I compromised.  I used the paint color I had originally planned to use, but I made the stripes fatter than you would find on a grainsack.  I left that paint job for another day (and a textile of some sort, like a pillow). Out came the acrylic paint (49 cents at Hobby Lobby), masking tape ($1.00 a roll at Dollar Tree), painter's tape (already had) and a small paint roller (two for $1.00) that I got from Dollar Tree. I taped the stripes off at 2, 1 and 1/2 inch respectively, with 3/4 of an inch between each stripe.        I marked the stripes off with masking tape and then added some painter's tape to the sides of that so there would be some extra room on each side of the stripe for the roller. I just placed the tape in one continuous line all the way around the case. Here it is after I painted the first stripe but before I peeled off the tape. And here it is finished. I wasn't thrilled with the lack of crispness (there was some bleeding) but hey, I think it all adds to the vintage charm!  And I think it was a nice trial of sorts for me.  In other words, vintage suitcases, look out!  I think it would be fun to paint the stripes in two complimentary colors.  And there's always that good old standby - white! I also wrapped the handle in jute since it was looking a bit too new (once I scrubbed it clean!) if you know what I mean.  I think it added just the right touch.  And I can always take it off if I change my mind.     And now I get to sit back and admire my handiwork.  And decide how to take advantage of it's other benefit -- hidden storage! I'm an official vintage suitcase addict now.  You can see my madness on my  VINTAGE SUITCASE PINTEREST PAGE! Kathleen I'll be linking up here: OPC The Better Half 6th Annual Before and After Contest Cedar Hill Ranch ~ The Scoop Uncommon Designs~ Monday Funday Knick of Time~ Knick of Time Tuesday Homemaker on a Dime~Creative Bloggers Linky Party Sharon & Co. Be Inspired Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday Not Just a Housewife Show Me What Ya Got Ivy and Elephants Whats It Wednesday Funky Polkadot Giraffe Too Cute Tuesday Someday Crafts Whatever Goes Wednesday No Minimalist Here    The Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday

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DIY Vintage Suitcase Table

Turn an old vintage suitcase into a table! For more furniture projects, visit my website! DIY vintage suitcase table Supplies I found this beautiful luggage case on a Facebook yardsale site for $10! Buy some plywood and trace the bottom of the suitcase so the plywood will slip right in. It helps to have a handy dandy tool man dad who can make the cut for you. Paint the table legs and the plywood in whatever color you want. I painted them in Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue and t…

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The Painted Home by Denise Sabia - Showing you how to make your house a home.

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