Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thrifty Thursday #4 - Suitcases

This week I found a new favourite friend...

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This suitcase was $10 at my local op shop and he's definitely a keeper ;) In my rapture over this one, can you see what I did? Right side photo, just above the handle? That's right. I pulled the price tag off without a thought and it pulled off the top layer of board. !!!

I spent an our kicking myself (I even vacuumed the floor as punishment) and then decided that I could solve this easily with another one of my favorites. Map Pages!! So look out for that project soon.

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This suitcase was actually my Pops and is now the signage I use at my market stalls. After cutting out the general shape I used Modge Podge to secure a vintage sheet from my stash to the top side, and then used a scapel to cut round the edges. Even after being dragged to a few markets, thrown around in the car and stored in my garage, it's still looking great. I think a retro style suitcase works great as signage, especially in  my kind of business!

My last thrifty share is a work in progress...

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Emma's bedside table is a retro vanity case attached to an old side table I found for $2. I love the style, just not the colour, so it's scheduled for a paint job in the new year. I'm torn between making her all white or hot pink. Or even pale pink. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

So what about?? Love an old suitcase?

Thanks for stopping by...


  1. Definitely all white! Looks so fresh... xx

  2. I do love a good old suitcase! they're hard to come by nowadays, and when you do...they are waaay over priced!
    Love how you use one for your sign - so creative!!

  3. I love that little bedside table/case.. i recently missed out on a gorgeous round leather old case at the local opp shop.. i was a little too late and kicking myself...
    Bec x

  4. They all look so good when done up.
    I think white is the way to go with the daughters, it's a color that never dates

  5. So pretty! I love the idea of using a vintage suitcase as signage! That bedside table is super cute too :)

  6. I too love old suitcases, I'm voting pale pink!

  7. WOW, Catherine! You've blown me away with this today, and to think how awesome I thought your old school chair turned out! Is there anything you can't do? I've just recently started following your blog, so I can't wait to find the time to go back through to see what I've missed. You have an amazing eye for projects that are right up my alley!

    I've been collecting suitcases in hopes of using them to replace my children's "Baby Boxes", which have actually been the ever-useful banker's boxes that I covered with contact paper years ago. My dilemma has been what material to use to recover the interior, whether it be fabric, wallpaper, contact paper, or what. I plan on using chalk paint for outside, but the interior really has me stumped! I want to make the right choice, so I don't have to worry about durability. Do you have any suggestions on what the easiest route would be, but also the most durable? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


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