Vintage Suitcase Upcycle

July 12, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

2 Comments
Renae
November 30, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

I LOVE this idea!! 🙂

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    kaitlyn powell
    November 30, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

    Thank you!

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