Vintage Luggage Transformation

Hi Folks!  Still here.  It's been a very busy summer for four children and nothing but rain since the middle of June.  I think I have actually become a mushroom with webbed feet!  I have a number of projects I'm going to be showing you, but first is this quickie I did today.

This is a piece of luggage that I have had since I was a little girl and used for trips to my grandparents farm.

It comes with fond memories of tea parties with my grandmother.

I love the case, just not in love with the color anymore.  

So I gave it a good coat of primer first:

Then a couple of coats of Old White:

I then I made a Compass Rose stencil and adhered it to the top of the lid:

Delicate little sucker I tell you!

Then I gave the top a couple of coats of French Linen. 

I then removed the stencil once the paint had dried.

After all that had dried, I went over the whole piece with a stain and gave it several coats of a finishing matt coat so that it protect the paint job.

Here the finished piece with a little French and a little Steampunk mixed together!

Not bad for a few hours work!

Bon Voyage, Oui!


  1. Man, I just saw a piece of luggage that looked just like this one. I didn't pick it up because I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    1. Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

  2. It turned out really nice! I love recycling old suitcases and always grab them when I can.

  3. Love how this turned out! Awesome job Stenciling! Love that you repurposed your grandmothers suitcase, makes it that much more special! stopped by via DIY Vintage Chick, and following across the boards!

  4. just beautiful. love that wonderful compass motif!


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