Just Junking | Trash to Treasure

Shabby Chic Suitcases

June 6, 2012


I dug out a couple of suitcases from my stash. I have a lot of them that I have bought or acquired for restyling, but some of them have become storage for other craft supplies. I’m slowly trying to change that.

This pair was pretty grubby, and I hated the color.

The insides were just gross. I love shabby chic, but this is ridiculous! Yuck!

Ewww!!! Do you see the top right corner. I grabbed that and peeled. I did that with each case.

Much better. Finally a surface I can work with.

I decoupaged full pages of old sheet music. No measuring. I just slapped it in. Now that is a shabby chic surface I can live with.

I painted the outside of the cases a creamy butter color, sanded, dry brushed white over that, stenciled and stamped, then sanded some more.

Now the cases are not only great for storage, but they would make a great decorative addition to a room’s decor.

Wouldn’t they be cute filled with guest necessities in a bedroom or bathroom? How about filling them with grandma’s vintage linens? Pictures and scrapbook supplies? Dress-up clothes?

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  1. Love the vintage suitcases! I’ve been working on a suitcase table and will be posting it soon!
    Nice blog!

  2. I, too, collect suitcases for storage. Love the flat ones that can be stacked. I currently have a couple that look like your before pictures. I noticed you painted the locking tabs also. Do they still work and did you spray or brush them? Love the sheet music inside!
    Distressed Donna Down Home

  3. Those suitcases are amazing! The before and after, really. Amazing mess to begin with, amazing style after you worked your magic.

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