Vintage Painted Suitcase


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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.

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

This was my victim… a super cheap yard sale score begging for a new look:

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

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!

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

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!)

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

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?

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a handy pinnable before/after image for you:

A vintage suitcase makeover with Chalk Paint and French stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

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!!

Jen

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  1. Mary jones
    November 5, 2015 at 5:19 am (3 years ago)

    I got some old ones need to do that to mine.like them

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    • Jen
      November 5, 2015 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Mary 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lindsay Eidahl
    November 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I always pass those suitcases up! This is way too cute! Love it!

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    • Jen
      November 5, 2015 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lindsay! It was so fun and simple – I’m going to have to watch out for more!

      Reply
  3. Shirlei Pike
    November 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this I’m sad I just gave away one like this will look for another

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    • Jen
      November 5, 2015 at 9:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Shirlei! I’m sure you’ll find another one – I see them all the time at thrift stores. Good luck 🙂

      Reply
  4. 24/7 in France
    November 6, 2015 at 2:27 am (3 years ago)

    Great idea – I will definitely try this out too!

    Reply
  5. Kelly W.
    November 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a train case size one that I spray painted turquoise and then wrapped sisal around the handle. It turned out pretty cute!

    Reply
  6. Kim
    March 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm (1 year ago)

    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.

    Reply

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