Monday, October 31, 2011

DIY: Vintage Suitcase Makeover pt 1

I've been on a vintage suitcase mission for awhile now and have been able to find some great deals on some really fun ones. The only down side is, they often have an overwhelming "grandma smell". The first whiff is kinda nostalgic but then its just too much, especially because i'm hoping to actually use these suitcases for storage and don't really want to pass that scent off to everything i put in them.
So, i thought i'd show you how i gave this little blue samsonite a makeover.
STEP 1: Remove the silky lining
              -I could pull out most of it but did need some pliers and then eventually some back-up strength from Handy Andy to rip out the parts that were tacked down.

STEP 2: Once the lining was out, there still remained this decaying fuzz stuff which was the backing to the silky lining. I got it wet with a general cleaner and then used one of these scraper things to get it all off.

STEP 3: It still smelled after all that so i made up a mixture of water and bleach and scrubbed it clean

Ta' Da!
Click HERE  see how i covered the inside!

linking to tutorial tuesday at lollipops

16 comments:

Aimee said...

I just stumbled on your blog and am so glad I did! Your photography is beautiful and you have so many great tips!!! So do you homeschool!?!? I saw you were working on your school/play room but then missed that part!?!? I guess I'm off to explor more!!! I'm your newest "follower" and would love to have you over to visit my blog, too!!!

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Kimberly said...

Meagan this is great!!! I love the polka dots on that lining, but I agree that the 'grandma smell' has got to go! I can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks for sharing! <3

Tammy @ Type A said...

love the finished product, great job.

i'm doing a christmas series, and was wondering if you would like to be a guest?

thanks

Beth M said...

Hi!
So I'm doing something close to this (giving an antique HUGE trunk a makeover) and thought I'd jump in and give my two sense worth :)

After the cleaning scraping and general dirty work--

Heres what I did
I pre printed some really neat vintage trunk stickers cut them out and crumpled them up to within an inch of their lives...tears are ok they just add to the charm, i also tore up a ton of brown paper bags
NO STRAIGHT EDGES and crumpled them...
i mixed about half elmers and half water, you put a thin layer down on your project let set a sec or two then you place your paper on that and brush again over the top, it needs to be wet and then I used an old card to push out any air bubbles! (the brown paper bags dry to make an aged leather look that is amazing) Anyway... my whole point is you might want to try the Elmers mix for sticking!

Nice Job cant wait to scroll through and check out more!

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