Vintage suitcase


Vintage = kinda old and ..urm...found in the electricals container at the local recycling centre.

We have those now instead of tips.

Anyway, I found her, I loved her, I brought her home and disinfected her....twice. Then I thought I might do something to give her a bit of a facelift. Inside. I can't think of anything witty to describe a face lift inside without being gross so I'll leave it at that.

First of all I acquired a nice map book atlas.

I cut out a page and laid it inside my case to find out where the fold line would need to be for the back and base.

Measuring down from the top of the side of the case I cut a slit into the first piece along the fold line. I know, my explanations are great terrible.

I laid it back in the case without sticking it down to double check the folds/slits were in the right place.

For the other side I choose to go a bit weak in the head and didn't line it up with either the  other side OR this first piece. Really, I dunno what I was doing! France to the rescue (later)!!

And here's the 2nd piece laid out in the case.

I could pretend that I did this to prove that no one's perfect but really, I have no idea what I was doing!

Anyway, next I took both of those pieces back out and concentrated on the inside side edge that wouldn't be seen directly. I.e. behind the handle, but on the inside. Pretend you understand what I'm talking about eh :)

I made some small slits for this one and then glued the pieces directly in with some PVA glue. I'm sure PVA is what we all used to use before Mod Podge.

See what I mean now about inside front edge?

Ok, so now I went back to the pieces I'd already measured eye-balled and cut and I glue sticked the corner so that it was ready to glue in.

Then I stuck it inside and repeated on the other side.

As you can see I did a super fine job of not measuring accurately. *Mutters about keeping it real*

Anyway, I splodged on a good layer of PVA over the top and stuck France in there to cover the gap in the middle.

I repeated the process for the inside of the lid and left it to dry.

What do you mean you can tell I cropped all the junk on my desk out of this picture?!

Ok, enough jibba jabba, here it is in action.

btw, I'm fully aware that the camera on my phone is completely inadequate. I'm's taken me til sharing this to realise how bad it is!

Anyway, here's the outside, I'm still undecided what to do with it...what do you think?

paint, no paint, cover, no cover?

Samantha x

At home with Mrs H

p.s. don't forget my 50% discount code for my etsy store. Just type MOVINGSALE into the coupon box at the checkout. Last posting dates for USA is the 9th of December but a few days earlier has gotta help right? x


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  1. Love what you have done with the inside of the case! Like you, Im not sure what you would do with the outside .... how about some kind of stencil on it? x

  2. Love this!! I've seen some pretty cool mod podge projects were they added pretty fabric to cases. Maybe something like that would work. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

  3. The inside looks very cool --- thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Becky

  4. Wow, I love what you did to the inside! It looks fab (and hurrah for PVA glue lol) I love those old style cases! I guess you could paint the outside of your case, or distress it even more? Or how about decoupaging on some old-fashioned-style travel stamps/stickers?

  5. I love the maps inside! It's so worldly chic! Outside... well, it depends on if you want the inside to be the star or not. It looks okay beat up, but some fabric Mod Podged on that had a vintage-y feel would be quite pretty!

    Here from Gluesticks!

  6. This is great. My son has a few suitcases like this (that hold his toys). I think a few of them are going to get a makeover like this one!

  7. So cute!! I heart maps and vintage suitcases!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Don't forget to include the button in your post or sidebar! Don't want you to be disqualified!

  8. Looks great! I have a suitcase I have been wanting to make over for awhile...thanks for reminding me. Visiting from one artsy mama

  9. Oh this is just the cutest! Way to go!

  10. How perfect to use maps for this and it turned out great. I kinda like no paint because it makes the suitcase look like it's been to all the places on the maps. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  11. Paint that puppy bright pink or something!! Love that you wrote map book and then crossed it out...too funny ;)

  12. What a cute idea! I love the map in the inside! Thanks for linking up!


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