Suitcases are everywhere.
There's chairs, pet beds, side tables, tables, you name it you can probably find it. I love it.
There's nothing better than taking such a normal, almost boring item and jazzing it up for an entirely new purpose. I have four of them but I think I'd like to get just a couple more. I'm currently using three of them in my studio for storage, which I will be sharing soon. They look adorable stacked up under my "sewing" table. Understand, sewing in this sentence is used very loosely. It's barely a table..yet, & I don't do a whole lot of sewing...yet. I dream big I tell ya. If I can teach myself how to sew, a massive obstacle will have been conquered. Angels will sing. Harps will play. And I'm not making any concrete promises here, but there's a good chance it could make the international news. I'm just sayin'.
I went ahead and gave a couple of mine a make over. I will apologize in advance because I can't find the before pictures I took of them. They're somewhere among the 4,ooo plus pictures I have on my computer but so far I cannot find them. You'll just have to use your imagination here. I got them at a garage sale from the original owners for $5 a piece. A pretty good score considering they were in mint condition. They're even monogrammed. Anyway, two were brown and one was a cream color. For a split second I considered keeping them as is since they weren't too bad, but are you kidding me? I can never leave anything just "as-is."
They all got a good scrubbing and a coat of primer. I won't bore you with pics here because we all know what a primered suitcase looks like.
I decided on black and white since I already had a lot of pink going on in my studio. They each got 2 coats of my fave Krylon colors; satin white & satin black.
|Primed, painted, and ready to go.|
I wanted to cover them with some fabric to give them a little more pop. I have a lot of solids going on in the studio so I was working on adding some texture & patterns. I chose a cute zebra cotton fabric for the white suitcase. I get a lot of my fabric from Fabric.com. I think their prices are extremely reasonable and their selection is great. I am not being compensated in any way for saying that, I just personally think they have a great site & I like to pass on good information.
Since the section of fabric I had was just a little bit short to cover the entire width of the suitcase I decided to go with some trim later on & went ahead and used it. I sprayed the suitcase down with some spray adhesive and lined the fabric up. When working with spray adhesive you do have a little wiggle room but I still suggest getting it on as smooth as possible the first go round.
|adding the fabric after spraying it down with some adhesive|
Working with such a light weight fabric actually helped in the process of getting everything laid down smoothly. I did each side of the suitcase and then each end section, so in all I had6 separate sections to work with. I did not worry about getting everything exact because I knew I was going to come back after it dried and trim it up with my exacto.
|One of the side sections|
After I had the white one covered I went ahead and added some black ribbon as trim since it was the perfect width to finish covering the suitcase. I mod podged it on and let it set up.
While that was setting up, I started on the black one. With this one I went with the same material I used to make the curtains in my studio. It was a much thicker material and in hind sight I probably wouldn't have used it, but it all turned out so all is good. I followed the same process for this suitcase as I did for the other one.
|Black suitcase ready for some fabric love|
Once I had the fabric on both suitcases and trimmed I covered them both with mod podge. I applied one coat and let them dry. I knew these little guys were going to take some wear and tear being in the studio and being utilized for storage so I wanted to protect them one step further. I gave them a light sanding after the mod podge dried and wiped them down. I went with some satin finish poly for the next coat.
I did give them both a light sanding and wipe down when they were completely dried. Now they sit in my studio storing all my cute fabrics and some odd n ends.
I'm almost ready to reveal my studio....just trying to finish up a few miscellaneous projects. But really/ Are we truly ever done? He he he he, I promise, I'll find a stopping point so I can share all the girly goodness.
Until next time!