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!!
Mary jones says
I got some old ones need to do that to mine.like them
Thank you Mary 🙂
Lindsay Eidahl says
I always pass those suitcases up! This is way too cute! Love it!
Thanks Lindsay! It was so fun and simple – I’m going to have to watch out for more!
Shirlei Pike says
Love this I’m sad I just gave away one like this will look for another
Thank you Shirlei! I’m sure you’ll find another one – I see them all the time at thrift stores. Good luck 🙂
24/7 in France says
Great idea – I will definitely try this out too!
Kelly W. says
I have a train case size one that I spray painted turquoise and then wrapped sisal around the handle. It turned out pretty cute!
I do the same as you! I.E. A couple of coats, then I sand it with the finest sandpaper, then stencil and do the same again on that if need be, it comes out lovely and smooth.