You all know of my love for vintage suitcases, right?
I put them into two categories. First there are those that are charming ‘as is’ and should not be altered.
Like these …
And then there is the 2nd category, those unassuming old suitcases that just don’t quite have enough personality on their own, like this one …
It’s rather beat up and just not terribly attractive (in my opinion).
I have used milk paint, chalk paint and Fusion acrylic paint on suitcases in the past. I find that Fusion doesn’t always adhere well to vinyl. Milk paint works perfectly well, but you don’t get the chippy quality that makes milk paint shine, so I feel like it’s rather wasted here. So these days my go-to paint for a suitcase like this is chalk style paint.
Before I started painting, I cleaned the suitcase with Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser. I then rinsed it down with a damp cloth. Then I gave it two coats of Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
Once that was dry I added a French Laundry stencil using a warm white craft paint.
Somehow it seemed appropriate to put a laundry advertisement on a suitcase.
I used parts of the stencil on top of the suitcase too.
You’ll notice that I painted every bit of this suitcase including the handle and the clasps. I don’t always do that, but this time I’ll admit I was feeling a bit too lazy to cut around those things. Plus, I rather like this look.
Once painted I went over the surface ever so lightly with some 220 grit sandpaper just to smooth it out a bit. I followed that up with some of Fusion’s Clear Wax.
I never planned to keep Collette either (the one on the left), but after I finished giving her a makeover I couldn’t part with her.
So now I have two dress forms in my bedroom.
And even though the suitcase looks fabulous with them, I don’t really need another suitcase at my house!
In fact, I already brought it in to Reclaiming Beautiful to be sold.
Plus I still have a couple more suitcases in this style waiting in the wings to be painted, so if I change my mind I can always paint up another one to keep for myself.