throwback thursday no. 4

Welcome to ‘throwback Thursday’ where I share fun pre-blog stuff that I have come across in my photo archives.  I’m excited to share today’s project with you because it’s still one of my favorite projects ever.

Many moons ago I purchased a dresser via craigslist (as per usual).  When I picked it up, it turned out that the seller was a guy who purchased the contents of storage units at auction, sort of like that TV show Storage Wars.  Mr. Q and I met him at his own storage locker to pick up the dresser.  I happened to notice an old trumpet case just tossed on top of a pile of other stuff and I really loved how shabby and old it looked.  I assumed there was a trumpet inside, but as it turned out there wasn’t.  The guy was just going to toss it, so I asked if I could have it.

Back then I didn’t have a bunch of cool stencils, nor did I have my Cricut machine.  In those days when I wanted to add words to a piece of furniture, or in this instance a trumpet case, I did it by hand.  If you’d like more info on how I accomplish that, check out {this post} about the Oh Darling suitcase.

oh darling with Lula

My first attempts at this process were simple, like the words I added to this dresser.

rue lafayette dresser

And this dresser.

tall dresser

I gradually got more confident.  This next suitcase was rather time consuming, but in the end I did two like it.

once a year

I got the idea from a pin I’d seen.

travel pin

So when I grabbed that trumpet case, I had a great idea for it.  After all, who doesn’t need a reminder to toot their own horn?  Well, OK, we all probably know a few people who toot a little too much … but most of us need a reminder.

horn

I absolutely love how this turned out (toot, toot).

I didn’t keep it, it sold almost instantly to one of my Carriage House customers.  She planned to display it in her music room.  What a fab addition to a music room, right?

I wonder if she still has it.

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21 thoughts on “throwback thursday no. 4

  1. I love that you rescued the trumpet case. It turned out really cute. It just shows that one person’s junk really is another’s treasure.

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  2. I’ve always thought the storage auctions would be so interesting! It’s amazing that so much is just left there for whatever reason. I found a vintage clarinet at the clean-up a few years ago, right next to an old suitcase…score! Very cool rescue and perfect for a music room!

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  3. Love the phrase and it was perfect for the old trumpet case. I also like to watch Storage Wars once in a while…you never know what you’re going ti find…kind of like garage sales. HERE ‘s to a good garage sale season!

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  4. So cute and a great way to rescue something that was just going in a landfill! I have to note, (ha ha, note) that’s actually a trombone case. A trumpet case would be just rectangular like a suitcase. The band nerd in me just couldn’t let it go.

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    1. Well, not to worry Patty, you are the 2nd band nerd to point this out. nnK (new neighbor Karen) texted me this morning to tell me I got it wrong. And then I told her that I wasn’t a band nerd like she was! So apparently there are a few of you band nerds out there 😉

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  5. All of these projects are super cool! Great idea for the instrument case … way to make it a show piece too! I hope you have an great day!
    Smiles!
    Terry
    The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful

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  6. Old suitcases carry a romanttic travel cache that modern softside luggage will simply never have. Glad you are giving a second life to a few of them. I read your past-post reference to how you did the Oh Darling lettering…is there a local source for custom stencils?

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