The title of this post sounds like I HAVE GONE CRAZY !
Usually I am not the one who runs around painting everything.
One of my favorite things about VINTAGE is the old, worn and cracking patina.
I love the earth tones and warm colors of the past. I have quite a few pieces
of vintage luggage, but there is always room for more. I can justify a purchase because
they can be SO useful for hiding I mean organizing.
I was helping a friend with a garage sale and she was throwing away a TRAIN CASE.
She had been storing makeup...old make up...Avon makeup for YEARS in this case.
You can probably imagine the smell.
I was surprised that the smell did not linger. But sorry, in my opinion it was
an UGLY color. Since she was going to toss it I thought I could give chalk painting a try.
I cut off the leather straps with scissors on removed the tray.
You can use your favorite cleaner as long as you chose one that doesn't need rinsing.
I have found that leaving a Dryer Sheet inside helps with the musty smell.
I used Parisian Grey chalk paint and started on the inside first and let dry.
It covered beautifully, with one coat.
I covered everything including the hardware.
A light sanding for a smooth finish, and used clear wax with a soft lint free
cloth to seal. It will feel like soft leather.
I was really happy how it turned out.
I hope you will be able to find a piece of luggage that will fit your color scheme, but if not give some paint a try. Suitcases are a great way to add some height and dimension to your home décor.
I love use the suitcases for display at my Craft Boutiques.
At my house they are up high....
....AND down low
I have an area under the counter were I used suitcase for extra storage.
Some are decoupaged with vintage looking wrapping paper scraps
One had some spots of wear and tear so I made color photo copies
of vintage map covers and travel stickers and used MOD PODGE
to put them on the outside of the case.
I decided for now to leave it on top of a bedroom cabinet.
It is a little harder to find cases that are affordable, but maybe I
inspired you to fix one up that you my have otherwise have past over.
Happy Hunting! xoLisaS