I seem to gravitate to all things vintage. Vintage suitcases are no exception. They make fun and functional storage where space is limited. I recently came across a set of three vintage suitcases on Kijiji for only $10.00. Say what? You can’t even buy three Rubbermaid Storage containers for $10.00. They were an unattractive grey with nasty, repeat NASTY old interiors. But, if you have a vision anything is possible right?
If you are planning a similar project feel free to email me here at Boomdeeadda for complete details. Long story short:
- Clean well and remove old linings, saving some parts for templates for new lining
- Mask with painters tape any hardware you don’t want to paint. Accuracy will assure a happy ending.
- Make new patterns from cardboard using old icky linings
- Sew lovely fabric to new cardboard patterns
- Use contact cement to adhere new lining to interiors (follow label directions).
- Most importantly, Admire you’re hard work!
I have just finished the cute little cosmetic travel case and simply couldn’t be happier. One down, two to go. I choose to use Sunbrella Indoor/Outdoor Fabric for the interiors because it is durable, wipe able and of course it was Aqua!
Time for a little break and maybe a daydream or two……Bonjour, it’s 1961, I imagine a stylish woman, perhaps with a jaunty pillbox hat and clever clutch stepping off a train in Paris. With her lovely luggage in hand she runs into the arms of her handsome lover for a weekend of careless abandon in the romantic City of Lights….yes vintage suitcases say “Happy Travels Ahead”.