I really didn’t mean to have a ‘suitcase’ theme lately, but I seem to have been on a suitcase painting frenzy.
In addition to the two thrifted suitcases I brought home a week or two ago (I shared one of them last week), I also had a third suitcase waiting in the wings. This is one that I shared a while back when my picker, Sue, found it for me.
I took into Reclaiming Beautiful to sell ‘as is’, and guess what? It didn’t sell.
I wasn’t really surprised because this style of suitcase doesn’t appeal to many. It was nice quality though, so I thought it was worth a shot. But it hadn’t sold after months and months, so I brought it back home to give it a paint job.
When re.design with prima sent me some of their brand new 2020 transfers they included this one called Spring Flowers.
Wouldn’t that one on the lower right be perfect for a piano!
Anyway, it turned out that these were the just the right size for the suitcase from my picker. So I chose the one on the bottom left to use on it.
I started out by painting it in Dixie Belle’s Sea Glass. Once it was totally dry (I usually wait overnight) I applied the transfer and then distressed the edges of the case. Then I added a thin coat of clear wax.
Super simple. But so pretty.
The second thrift store suitcase was the same style, but a bit larger.
The makeover of this one could have been just as simple as the Sea Glass one, but oh no. I decided to switch horses mid-stream, as you’ll see in a minute.
First I decided to use the top half of the Fresh Flowers transfer on it, the part with the pick up truck.
I had used the bottom half on a table last summer …
so I was waiting for something to come along that would be perfect for the top half.
I thought painting the suitcase black would be the perfect choice to work with that black pick up truck. So, I started by painting the suitcase in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky. The transfer itself is one solid sheet, but it’s not completely opaque. So the color behind it will impact how it looks and I felt like black would be too dark. Therefore I measured out where the transfer would go and painted just that area in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth (a creamy off-white). Once dry, I applied the transfer.
Then I took a step back and looked at it. Nope. It wasn’t working for me at all. I should have taken a photo, but it was evening and I didn’t have good light.
It’s possible someone else would have loved it, but I didn’t.
I decided it would look so much better if the whole thing was painted in Drop Cloth.
This project would have been SO much simpler had I just painted it Drop Cloth to begin with. Instead I had to carefully paint around the transfer with two coats of paint.
In the end, I love how it turned out, but it could have been so much easier.
Not only did I have to go back to the drawing board while painting this one, I also had to start over not just once, but twice when trying to photograph it. I felt like the first two attempts just didn’t do the suitcase justice.
I ended up setting up some garden themed staging just to create a backdrop for the suitcase.
Talk about overkill.
But, it was fun. I love dreaming about gardening in the middle of January, don’t you?
I think I’m done painting suitcases for a while now.
On another note, by now you guys must be wondering ‘is Quandie ever going to paint another piece of furniture instead of all of these smalls?’
And the answer is yes!
I gave myself a bit of a break from the larger pieces over the holidays. Then I got on a roll trying to finish up a bunch of smaller things that had accumulated over the course of last year’s garage sale season. But I’ve been missing the furniture too.
First I had to find some though. So over the last week or so Mr. Q and I brought home four pieces of furniture. Here’s a couple of them …
I’ve also brought home another bed that my handyman Ken is working on turning into a bench.
The fourth piece is a dresser that I’m painting as part of a collaboration between the re.design with prima design team and a paint that I’ve never used before, Amulent Decor Paint from The Chippy Barn.
So, be sure to stay tuned, I’ll definitely have a few furniture makeover posts to share in the coming weeks.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co and re.design with prima for providing the products used on the two suitcases I shared today.