How To Repair and Upcycle A Vintage Suitcase
I know that I recently shared my suitcase when it was pink and shabby chic! I loved the pink shabby chic look but I had painted it that colour last year and a few months ago I noticed it was grubby and I had never repaired the suitcase or lined it… I’m very lazy. I decided it was time I repainted it and repaired it. I use this suitcase as a coffee table and it has an uncanny ability to get full of rubbish and heavy items. The bottom of the suitcase always had a little rip in the cardboard and fabric outer and I never bothered to repair it so I thought it was time to reinforce the base and then it would need a cute and kitschy wallpaper liner and glorious new pastel coat of paint.
I love the new shade!
I used –
Decoart DecoPage Glue (not pictured)
Clear Gorilla Tape
Baking parchment (to make a template, you can use brown paper or old gift wrap etc.)
The first job was to clean it! My lordy, it was full of glitter and buttons. I then used the clear gorilla tape to reinforce the hole. I then cut cardboard to the size of the base and used a lot of decoart deco page glue to secure the base. Now it’s solid and I can trust it if there are heavy items in there. I was always afraid the bottom would totally rip under the weight of a heavy book or two.
Repair any seams with a dab of fabric glue if you have any lying around (that’s what I used), you can use Deco Page glue for this too.
Second Step: Get some baking parchment to measure the base of your suitcase. Use a pen or pencil to mark out the corners and cut it out.
Using the template you’ve made, measure out the wallpaper you will use and cut it out.
Repeat those steps for the sides.
Use a generous amount of Deco Page glue to adhere your wallpaper to the base and sides.
Measure out the ric rac trim and use hot glue to line/edge the suitcase
I wanted to mix a lovely purple colour to match my favourite converse shoes and I nailed it! I used a mixture of decoart paint, white acrylic paint and Webster’s chalk paint. It was easy to use and gave a lovely finish to the paint job.
I then got the sand paper out and added some distressing.
What do you think of the new shade?
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