Vintage Suitcase Upcycle

July 12, 2016


When I started blogging I had visions of myself taking fabulous day trips everywhere.

Up and down the coastline of Florida.

In some tiny little hatchback that would just zip along.

In my daydreams I always had a beautiful vintage suitcase by my side. Through all my thrifting I finally found the perfect suitcase that only set me back $2.


Through a tutorial I found here I set out to make my bag my own. If I somehow mess it up I’ve only lost $2.

The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.


Materials Used:

Old Suitcase

Mod Podge

Acrylic Paint (I used a plain purple and a purple with glitter)

Foam Brushes

Decorative Paper

Painters Tape

The first thing I did was tape up the edges of the suitcase that I did not want to get any paint on. I then painted the center of my suitcase with 2 coats of the plain purple acrylic paint.


After the paint had dried I layered on 2 or 3 coats of the purple glitter paint. I basically just kept adding paint until the glitter was spread out exactly how I wanted.


To seal the acrylic paint in I put a layer of Mod Podge on top after the glitter had dried.

Now the next  task was a little tricky but definitely doable (and unfortunately the only part of the tutorial I forgot to photograph).

I placed the decorative paper over the outer sections and lightly traced where I need to cut. Once I had my outlines traced, I carefully cut out my pieces. I placed the cutouts in my sections to make sure they were the right size and worked the next few steps one section at a time.

Taking a clean foam brush, I put a thick layer of Mod Podge down on the inside of my section where the paper would lay. Then I took the paper and smoothed it into place, making sure all my edges were lying flat. Then I took another generous coat of the Mod Podge and made sure to get the edges again.  I then repeated for the other section.

After I let the suitcase sit and dry for at least 24 hours, I removed the painters tape around the edges to marvel at my brand new suitcase! It’s not perfect but it’s perfect for any upcoming trips I may be planning. And it definitely will be recognizable at the airport! My next project with this suitcase will probably be learning how to install new lining on the inside.


What do you think of my new suitcase? Do you plan on making one of your own? If you end up making one tag me on Instagram( @thekaitlynpowellblog)! I’d love to see your results! How perfect would this be for a summer beach getaway?  Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up for my email list!

November 30, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

I LOVE this idea!! 🙂

    kaitlyn powell
    November 30, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

    Thank you!

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