Hey guys! Today I’m revealing a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
You may be thinking “What’s the big deal, a painted suitcase?” But I have seen some very pretty ones used as decor – kind of shabby chic actually – and I finally found the perfect suitcase and perfect way to give it some vintage-y charm.
This was my victim… a super cheap yard sale score begging for a new look:
First I painted it with a few coats of Pure White Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Then I found the absolute perfect accessory for a French-loving gal like me: the Parisian Crown stencil from WallMasque Stencil Co. – click here and then search under “Vintage Stencils” (affiliate link). They have so many beautiful stencils that I had a hard time picking just one, so stay tuned for future projects using WallMasque stencils! 🙂 Plus they’re offering one of my readers a $50 store credit – come back tomorrow for the giveaway!
I taped it on and painted it with Provence Chalk Paint using a little sponge pouncer. (Tip: Always dab off the excess paint on a paper towel when stenciling. It’s better to paint in thin layers and then you can add more as needed. No globs allowed!)
There is a lot of texture from the Chalk Paint – I’m debating sanding it gently and then adding some clear wax for a smoother look. But I kind of like it this way too. What do you think?
Here’s a handy pinnable before/after image for you:
This was a simple project, but I love how it turned out! What do you think of my suitcase makeover – would you paint a suitcase and use it as decor?
Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll be giving away a $50 credit to WallMasque Stencil Co., among other awesome prizes!!
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