I found an old suitcase at a local antique/flea market for $8 that I thought would be a good item to upcycle for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali Denise | My Thrifty House Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Jeanie | Create & Babble Michelle | Michelle James Designs
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Thrift Store Upcycle Suitcase Makeover
At first I thought this case was just a small suitcase, but technically I guess it’s called a train case. I remember my older sisters having train cases that they carried when they went to the pool in the summer – sort of like we do today with backpacks or tote bags.
I was so jealous of their train cases. I wanted one!
Well I found one for $8! It looked a little rough when I brought it home.
But after a good cleaning, removing the lining . . .
. . . a coat or two of paint
and after adding a few vinyl decals that I made with my Silhouette® . . .
My train case is looking pretty sweet!
As shown in the images above, I cleaned the case and removed the old lining, then painted the inside and outside of the case. Next I cut chip board pieces to fit the inside dimensions of the case. Because the width of the case was wider than my chipboard, I had to piece them together with painter’s tape.
New fabric was then attached to the chipboard pieces using Fabric Fuse by ThermOWeb. To cover the hinge area on the inside of the case, I attached a piece of the fabric that I had “hemmed” on both edges with the Fabric Fuse. (second photo below)
The fabric-covered chipboard pieces were then inserted and adhered with hot glue. Lastly, I cut vinyl decals with my Silhouette® Cameo and attached them to the top and sides of the case.
I love how this little suitcase turned out. It matches the colors in my master bedroom makeover and I might use it to hold cards that I have saved throughout the years or maybe as a jewelry box?
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