Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Have Suitcase - Will Travel... or just paint!


I found one.

You guys have no idea how long I've been looking for one!

Yes, I know, they're at all the local antique stores, but who wants to pay those prices!!
The Goodwill's never had one before.
The D.A.V.'s always got those flimsy ones like I had when I was a kid.
(You know, the kind with the flowers and the stupid zipper that never worked quite right.)

They never have the good ones.

The ones that just shout "I've been for a real trip around the world and now I'm vintagy old, worn and yummy."

That's what I've been looking for.

And last Friday...

They. Finally. Had. ONE.


Meet my SUITCASE!

She was $5.48 at the D.A.V. 

I'll admit it.

She was a little rough when I found her.

Her last owners loved her so much they didn't just stop at Duck Tape to hold her together, they decided to throw in some blue painters tape for good measure.
Tell me that aint love.

But I gotta say, she cleaned up pretty good!


I used my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again in Duck Egg Blue and Old White.
Then I just had some fun!




It's amazing what some paint and dark wax will do for a piece, dontcha think?





I'm hoping to one day have a bunch of old suitcases I can stack up and drool over admire.
However, if it takes as long to find each one as it did to find this one... 
Let's just say I may be drooling for another reason before my collection's complete.







Speaking of how long things take...

I've had this suitcase painted for a few days now and just haven't had the time to sit down, edit photos and get this written.

I know I'll never be an "everyday" kinda blog poster, but I had no idea how much time it would take to just get one out sometimes.

That being said...

I hope you're all having as much fun reading about my crazy projects as I am doing them.
I may only post once a week (or so), but I certainly enjoy sharing with all you lovely blogland friends!!

I'm sure someone's got this "be a mom, work a full-time job and be a blogger" thing figured out (even if it's not me).

Right?


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85 comments:

  1. How gorgeous did that turn out! There are so many great things to do with an old suitcase. I love the paint choice.

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  2. Simply divine...so inspired to try this out on a couple of my vintage dark brown suitcases. Recently found your blog and I am only a tad bit ashamed to say I read the entire thing one Sunday afternoon. Thank you for the inspiration and the beauty you create.

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  3. Great paint job! I admit that it hadn't really occured to me to PAINT the suitcases I've found..lol. I don't know what its like in your neck of the woods, but in the small town on the Sunshine Coast of BC, we have Facebook pages for selling stuff...Buy/Sell/Swap, Marketplace..etc. Many cities and towns are starting these up as an alternative to Craigslist and such...better format for pictures, and most people already have a profile. ANYHEW...I put a Wanted post up..for old battered suitcases, and I got a few. People that have them seem to think no one would want them, and they sit in basement purgatory forever. I put up a pic of an old one so people had a good idea what I wanted..and I got great response. Some of them were GORGEOUS! Just thought I would pass it on..maybe there is a group you can check out near you. :)
    Oh, and gonna totally copy your idea and paint a few...lol.

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  4. This is gorgeous.....really classy! :D

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  5. Wow, absolutely amazing. Beautiful vignette too. :)

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  6. I love it and how you decorated around it.

    Dee

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  7. Love the new look of your suitcase! You did a fabulous job!

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  8. Jeannine, you're amazing! I love what you saw in that dreary thing you brought home. Now it's something to love and hold onto, and stare at every so often for good measure. As for blogging with family, work and everything else...I'm with you, it's quite a challenge. I have to say, if you do one post like this a week, you are doing well! Your photos are amazing and it's obvious you put a lot of time into it. It definitely shows!
    Liz

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    1. Oops, forgot to say I'm now following. Hope you'll stop over at Quirky Vistas and follow as well if you like.
      Liz

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  9. Your suitcase is awesome! Love the colors you chose and the stripes are fun and sophisticated. And I definitely know what you mean about the time it takes to complete a post!
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

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  10. So in love with your suitcase! You did a great job! Love the way you staged it as well!

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  11. Perfection! I love everything about this vignette...thank you so much for sharing at our first HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY linky party...I've pinned this to our inspiration board...xo

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  12. So nicely done! You have inspired me!

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  13. Love it! What a great "transformation"!! Stopping by from Happy Hour!
    New follower...love it here!

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  14. Oh my it is lOve! I am digging you suitcase - it Is perfect. With the wait.:)
    Thanks for sharing. I just love what you did! And as far as the Working full time and blogging thing, I don't have that figured out either. When yOu di figure it out, please let me know....ok?
    Stacey Of Embracing Change

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  15. Great Job on the suitcase. You have inspired me to paint mine. I've been tossing the coin - Paint or Not Paint. I was afraid to do it but now I want one that looks like your.

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  16. This looks fabulous! What a genius idea! It's incredible what you can use ASCP on.

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  17. This is excellent. LOVE This! Absolutely cute and useful. Do come link it up with us at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ !

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  18. Girl - you should have been a interior designer! I love that suitcase and the display that goes with it! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  19. I love, love, LOVE the way you've styled this! Gorgeous. I found you at The Shabby Nest! Hope you'll come visit me at www.alovelyplacetoland.com!

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  20. I have a large black trunk that is getting this treatment! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  21. Your suitcase turned out great, love the wax on top too. Now I want to go look at my local Goodwill for one too!
    Dannyelle

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  22. Great suitcase find. And a stunning makeover. I'm soooo envious! I'm also your newest follower.

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  23. I love old suitcases! They are so hard to find at a reasonable price...I love how the paint looks on yours. And such a pretty displace. I have been trying to decide what to do with the two I have...thinking a paint job is in their near future!

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  24. Your old suitcase has a new life under your hand! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

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  25. Great job! I like it very much, lovely!
    I understand and share what you said, I also have a full time job... children... and I can't blog all I would like to.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

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  26. We are on the same wavelength.... I just painted my desk in Duck Egg, and I bought a vintage suitcase today and thought about painting it next... How CRAZY. Great minds think alike ;D!

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    1. OH! And I just bought Old White at my stockist's boutique after dinner tonight. =D

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  27. That's awesome! I have been looking for ever, but sadly never found one. No has it all figured out (at least that's what I'm hoping!)

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  28. Visiting from Funky Junk,Love your blog, thanks

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  29. This is such a cool idea! Glad I found ya over at Craftberry Bush!

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  30. Great find and what a really good way to transformed it! I love the vignette you created!
    You newest follower.
    http://www.remodelandolacasa.com

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  31. Whoa. Love this! I have three suitcases - 2 of which I paid ridiculous antique store prices, 1 I found in my in-law's attic. They're brown and I would love to do something like this to them. I've been contemplating it for a while, but wasn't sure how it would look. You've given me the confidence to just do it. Yours look fantastic! Visiting from Funky Junk SNS. Newest Follower. :)

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  32. I thought it was a cute vintage suitcase before, but wow, you really jazzed it up. Love the colors you chose for it. As for having it figured out. I'm not even working full time right now and I can't fit it all in. I may give up sleeping though.

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  33. One more accolade from me! This is really a beautiful transformation. Visiting from serenity now, and now your newest follower

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  34. It turned out great! I just pinned it :)


    Kristen

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  35. This is truly amazing. I have two old suitcases, and I am going to do this with them. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/reeses-smore-brownies-and-wednesdays.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  36. Very cute! I have cut myself off from suitcases, but you've inspired me to buy more. I'm always looking for unique colors, but now I'll just paint them.
    Thanks. Great idea.
    Hugs, Jess

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  37. How pretty! I love it, and the vignette is awesome too. Thanks for sharing with my party.

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  38. This is so pretty! I love it! I will have to keep my eye open for one now. Stopping by via Debbiedoo's.
    http://www.the-finishing-touches.net/

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  39. Oh my goodness, your pictures and your decorating taste is amazing!

    I'm hosting my first linky party - would love for you to join in:

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

    Thanks,
    Bobi

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  40. It was worth the wait for the right suitcase. It's great in blue with the white stripes, and the antiquing works perfectly in the texture of the suitcase.

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  41. Your suitcase is beautiful! Love what you did with it and the colors you used to paint the stripes.
    Mary Alice

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  42. Obviiously I'm not the only one who loves this idea! I just bought 2 old suitcases that aren't real purty, so I'm thinkin' they need a stripe treatment like this. You have a very steady hand!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  43. She cleaned up real pretty with your help. I just love the color duck egg blue. I don't think I would of seen the potential in her before state. So glad she found her way home to you! Very pretty vignette, Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  44. I just love this suitcase! That duck egg blue is gorgeous. I've also been looking for one for a long time Maybe I'll get lucky like you did. Found you through Elizabeth & Co linky party and am a new follower through GFC. Looking forward to future posts. Would love it if you would stop by my blog sometime, and maybe even follow back. Have a great week!
    Tuula :)

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  45. Love it! It's great she has flat sides. I've found some good ones, but they're angled, so they don't stack so well...
    I've been inspired to paint mine now! Thanks.
    -Revi

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  46. I love the makeover! This would be a perfect DIY combo with the cure vintage suitcase pet-bed makeovers I have been longing to try. :)

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  47. Fabulous makeover! Love your color choices - just perfect. I have become your newest follower and look forward to reading your future postss.

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  48. Oh my gosh this is unbelievable!It is gorgeous. I can't believe you were able to achieve that look just with paint and wax. Beautiful color choices and styling. Just love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Happy Hour this week!

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  49. I found you through Your Whims Wednesday. As one vintage suitcase lover to another, I share your pain over some of the prices. Yikes!! But patience wins out; in a few weeks, I found 2 (one a train case-cute!) one similar to yours at the curb, paid a few bucks for 2 more plus found trunks for 0-$5!!
    Janet

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  50. Oh gosh! I want her!! You did a fabulous job!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  51. It turned out so beautiful! Your display finishes it off.....

    Thanks for sharing!

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  52. SO cute! I have a ratty old suitcase in my basement and wasn't sure if there was much hope for it. You've totally inspired me!!

    Katie

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  53. Love it! what a great makeover! Found you at the Creative Princess Linky Party - I am a new follower,
    Peggy @ The Painted Pear

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  54. Sooo Awesome.. I can't wait to find an old suitcase! Hope you share with my Pink Hippo Party on Mondays too!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  55. Love it! Found you at a new {to me} party {that found me} called 'The Fine Craft Guild'. Saw it, and loved it. What I love even MORE is the way you styled it with the other goodies (keys, mirror, etc.). Now I've got to follow you . . . cuz I luv it so much.

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  56. I love it, love it, love it!! Sharing it at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  57. What a transformation! You really brought out the charm in that old suitcase. I just found you through Debbiedoo's. I'm your newest follower. I'd lover it if you'd follow me back at www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  58. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

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  59. Loved the suitcase. I am going to have to redo some of my old ugly suitcases. I actually got one at a yard sale for free! Can you believe someone would throw out such a lovely? I totally understand your hard time blogging every day. I find it hard to blog just once a week. But that means we are busy living our lives right?

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  60. AHHHHH Totally in love with it!!! Lucky for me, I've picked up some pretty awesome cheap ones, but haven't done anything with them (it's been like 5 years since they've been in my possession, haha!!). Thanks for the inspiration... totally pinning this!

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  61. You are sooooo amazing!The suitcase is beautiful. I absolutely love your vignettes.

    Paula

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  62. Beautiful!!! I am pinning your site...I will be back for sure!!

    Brooke
    Startathome.blogspot.com

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  63. Beautiful!!! I am pinning your site...I will be back for sure!!

    Brooke
    Startathome.blogspot.com

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  64. I think I am in love with your trunk.
    Just perfect!
    I most certainly will be featuring this Sunday!
    Thanks for sharing your excitement and ideas at the Creative Inspirations Linky! Please stop back next week for the Autumn Inspiration Linky Party to link up your fall ideas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  65. Congratulations on your cool suitcase find. Your revamp looks fantastic!

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  66. I visit from www.niftythriftythings.com link party. I really like how simple and clean your project is. Thanks for sharing.
    I would love it if you visit my blog@landedinportugal.wordpress.com.

    Peace
    N

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  67. Love your suitcase transformation! Stop by www.houseontheway.com to see it featured! Grab a "house featured" button too! Hope to see you at the party this week!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  68. LOVE it! It looks so much nicer, but retains its vintage charm.
    I hope you'll drop in and share this at Knick of Time Tuesday - the party is still going on, or you can share next Tuesday.
    Blessings,
    ~Angie

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  69. LOVE! You did such a great job on this! I may just have to spiffy up this old suitcase I have lying around. Thanks for the inspiration! :) - Shaleice -- http://youmeandusblog.blogspot.com/

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  70. Well, I certainly haven't got it figured out...so when you do, let me know!
    I haven't been by to stalk you for a while...and I missed this awesome suitcase! I have one I use for a photo prop...and I think it might be in need of a facelift. :)
    Kelly

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  71. Just a quick (maybe silly) question... what is the D.A.V.? it seems like you find all of your amazing treasures there. And for the life of me I can't figure out what it stands for...

    Thanks!

    Heather

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    1. LOL, I've had this question before. Sorry, I didn't realize not everyone has them till people started asking. D.A.V. stands for Disabled American Veterans. It's a thrift store just like the Goodwill with the proceeds going to disabled veterans.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Jeannine

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  72. You did a beautiful job. Love the colors. What brand and texture paint did you use? Love it.

    Linda
    Queen Bee Cottage

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    1. p.s. Did you tape it off to paint the handles and brass and other trim? Frog tape?

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  73. I'm so glad I found you I found you at The Shabby Nest.
    This is WONDERFUL!
    You did a fabulous job on the forlorn looking suitcase,
    I just love it!
    Enjoy, and thank you for sharing the inspiration.

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  74. I just found your blog and I love this suitcase. I picked up 3 vintage suitcases and was trying to decide what I was going to do with them. You just gave me some great ideas!
    Marie @ www.fortledbetter.com

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  75. Love! I come across these suitcases quite often. I will let you know when I find one for (cheap).

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  76. FABULOUS job. I keep dribbling over it. Just wondering what kind of dark wax you used and how you applied it so nicely. Just looks like the brown from the suitcase shows through. Well done.

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    1. Hi Heidi, I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax. If I remember correctly, I believe I first coated it (after I was finished painting) with a coat of AS Clear Wax. When there's a layer of this down, you can apply the dark wax and easily rub off any extra you might apply without completely changing your original paint color. And I applied the wax with a natural bristle chip brush, then just wiped it back with an old t-shirt.
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  77. This is beautiful! The prettiest one I've seen. :) How ever did you get the hardware so pristine? Did you use tape?

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    1. Thank you so much!! If memory serves, I didn't use tape, just was careful around the hardware and wiped off anything that might have got on it.
      ~Jeannine

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