Wednesday

Decorative Suitcase Thrift Store Decor

Summer is here and so is Thrift Store Decor for June.

The once a month get together of jazzed up thrifted items brought to you by the Thrift Store Decor team of bloggers.

Now grab your travel brochure, because I'm packing your stuff for a quick trip.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com

There is this chick from Minnesota who knows her way around a paint brush.


Or should I say there is this OTHER chick from Minnesota who knows her way around a paint brush, because I'm not talking about myself.

It's rare that I don't love Linda's latest and greatest project over at Q Is For Quandie.  She sells her re-do's and I imagine they fly out the door because her stuff is just.that.cool.

Not only does she have excellent furniture makeovers, but I have a serious case of suitcase envy.

Painted Suitcase
Linda takes old baggage and turns them into show pieces and I've wanted to try my hand at lettering one since I first laid eyes on hers.

I started small on a foot and a half tall suitcase that I've seen before in a retail store somewhere.

Mine was a $3.00 garage sale find that was previously someones decoration, it never really made a trip anyplace except home from wherever it was purchased.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com

The little case was sort of cute the way it was, but I needed to make it something that was more Minnesotan.

I started with simple craft paints that come in those little bottles.

I mixed up my colors so they would be close to the original background shade because I didn't want to paint the whole thing, just the front to cover up the old design where the new one would go.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com

Not that I have anything against ships and travel by boat.

In fact in the land of 10,000 Lakes, there are boats at every turn.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com

I painted the whole front Coal black from Fusion Mineral Paints, and used my vinyl cutting machine to make a decal.

I traced the shape on, painted around it with the mixed up craft paints, then filled in the letters.

The whole front received a coat of Beeswax, also from Fusion Mineral Paints.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com

Minnesota really is a beautiful state, it's just those pesky mosquitoes can spoil some of the fun if they bite your flesh because they love your tasty blood.

They love my tasty blood.

I don't know why some people can escape a swarm with nary a bite.  I'm not one of those, the little bast@rds devour me.

Painted Suitcase, Bliss-Ranch.com



Previous Bliss Ranch Thrift Store Decor Before & After Projects:
Smith Victor Light Bar Box
Birthday Calendar
Tired Stand
Washboard
Lettered Sock Bin
Candlestick
Lettered Lampshade
Vintage Shoe Last Hooks
Lazy Susan
Vintage Ad Clock




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13 comments :

  1. That's adorable, and what a cute shape of a suitcase, hatbox, whatever! Your styling is perfect too.

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  2. I REALLY love this Bliss and the staging is great. You are my idol!

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  3. Oh you are too kind Bliss! Thank you for saying such nice things about me. And by the way, I am one of those people who gets nary a bite from those pesky skeeters. Clearly you have way tastier blood than me ;-) I'm glad that I inspired such a darling suitcase makeover! Signed, that other chick from Minnesota a.k.a. Quandie a.k.a. Linda

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  4. So cute...and I love the hat and chair.

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  5. That case is great, but I want that hat.

    -andi

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  6. This is super cute, I need one of those vinyl machines!

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  7. woohoo Bliss. Your little suitcase turned out so darn cute. I like Linda's too, especially the once a year...

    fun makeover--watch out for the skeeters my friend!

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  8. Thisturned out so great, Bliss...and I'm with you...I LOVE Linda's style and creations!

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  9. Damn. I would love to find a suitcase shaped like that! Love what you did with it.

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  10. This is such a great idea. I've got several old cases that this would work. I really need to start using my Silhouette Cameo for more projects like these! Great idea!!!

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  11. It looks like a real wood background, I was surprised that was paint. So very cool!

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