Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday- Vintage Vanity Case Makeover- Part One

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  Today, I am bringing you a post that I wrote back in July of 2013, about Vintage suitcases.  I wanted to reveal a vintage vanity case that I have been working on today for Trashtastic Tuesday, but I didn't get it finished in time.  So instead I hope you enjoy this past post.  and at the end of the post, I have some in progress pictures to share with you of my vanity case so far.  

I was so busy in the past few weeks trying to get my brown paper floors done that I have not had the chance to work on any new projects for Trashtastic Tuesday, so this week I thought it would be fun to show you some vintage suitcases.  Every time I see a cute one, I swoon!  I have never seen one that I could afford, but if I ever do, it will be mine!  I have a great selection of them to show you today!  Here are 15 ways to use a vintage suitcase.  Enjoy!

 This one was painted with stripes.  Love the colors and the way it was used on the shelves.

These were repurposed into shelves!  So creative and I love the look!

Vintage Suitcase Shelves

This one was made into an ottoman.  I love the details!


This one was painted and decoupaged, and then made into a side table.  The attention to detail is perfection.

Upcycle a Vintage Suitcase into a Side Table With Storage

These were not painted or repurposed.  They were just stacked into an awesome focal point.  And oh, the things that you could store in them!

A stack of vintage suitcases

I love how all three of these were painted white and stacked to make a side table.

unifying different pieces with colour

This one is just sitting on top of another table, and I love the look of it.  

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}: DIY Painted Vintage Suitcase

And here is another one painted white and stacked on a side table.  So serene looking.  

Painted vintage suitcase placed on top of an existing table makes for a charming bedroom side table

Someone added yellow and white chevron fabric to this one.  I want it!

This one was used at a wedding to hold all of the cards people brought.  Great idea!

DIY vintage suitcase card box. Love the purple satin in the back!

And I love this side table 

 Another side table, and it might be my personal favorite.  I love the color and the rope detail on it.  

It looks like fabric was added to these as well.  How adorable!

cesare paciotti jewels - might *just* be enough to protect my nails at work :/

I love all of these vintage suitcases, and I hope you do too!  Which is your favorite.  Have you ever found a great vintage suitcase that you could not pass up?  I am always on the look out for one, but have not been lucky enough to come across one that was affordable yet.  But there is always hope, right?

And here is the suitcase I have been working on for the past couple of days.  I have been wanting to try out chalk paint for quite some time now, and I thought this little project would be my perfect guinea pig.  I bought this suitcase over the summer at a yard sale for $1.

I almost forgot to take a before picture for you, so I snapped a couple after I had just gotten started.  


And here is the inside.  I ripped out the lining and vacuumed it out, but I still need to do some scraping, because I plan to paint it a bright, glossy turquoise!  


This was after my first coat of chalk paint.  I will tell you more about the kind of paint I used when I do my final reveal on this project.  




And these next pictures are after my second coat.  



Like I said, I have never used chalk paint before, so this is sort of an experiment for me.  But I have to say, I love the way this feels when the paint dries.  Soft and velvety smooth.  I need to read a bit more about applying chalk paint, because I have not decided yet whether to do a third coat.  I plan on distressing it and then finishing it with wax.  Does anyone have any tips or advice for me?  I would love to read about your experience or any advice you have for me as to how to proceed from this point.  I am also so excited to finish the inside.  I am thinking I am going to display it open, with something pretty popping out of it.  

Stay tuned for the final reveal on this.  I am pretty happy with it so far, and hopefully I can show you the finished project one day next week.  Life is crazy during cross country season, and I don't have the time on the weekends that I usually have to prepare some posts in advance.  You do not want to know the state of my house right now.  Trust me.  

In other news, Mr. 14 Year Old won his first high school race on Saturday!  He was running on the JV team (he is a freshman), and we were so proud that he took first place.  Here are a couple pictures of him after the race.  This is him crossing the finish line.  

And this is the plaque he received.  This is how I have been spending my Saturday mornings instead of writing blog posts.  And I wouldn't change it for the world!