INSIDE : Learn how to transform an old suitcase piece into an Easy DIY Hand Painted Luggage statement! A quick and easy colorful update will give your travels a whole new look.
Last summer, I went to a local thrift shop and bought two pieces of luggage for $1.50 each, such a great deal. The first one I made into a Memory Box for my son and the other one has sat unloved and untouched all this time. Today I am sharing How to create Easy hand Painted Luggage and completely update the look of a suitcase, briefcase or an old piece of luggage! And now that I have done this project, I have a strong desire to start painting old suitcases -ha.
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WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO PAINT LUGGAGE?
Martha Stewart Vintage Paint, Cantaloupe
Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint, Terra Cotta
Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Daisy Petal Stencil
Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint Brush
Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
Thrift Store suitcase
HOW TO PAINT A SUITCASE or LUGGAGE:
I had never used Martha’s Vintage Decor paints before and although I know it’s “just paint” – I really fell in love with it. Everything Martha Stewart creates is a solid product and her paints are no different . I could not believe how thick and creamy the texture of the paint was.
I was also surprised that covering the entire luggage suitcase only took two coats of paint. Good product, Martha! Also, her vintage decor brush was so much better to use for such a thick paint than a typical paint brush. The brush felt sturdy and solid while I used it.
I applied two coats of the Cantelope paint and allowed it to throughly dry.
How to stencil on a suitcase:
Once dried, I taped on my stencil. I used simple washi tape to hold the stencil in place and it was perfect without being too sticky and removing any paint underneath it.
Who ever said you have to use the entire stencil design – not me! I used just half of the petal stencil in different colors, terra cotta paint and then in a gold metallic. And I felt like it needed one more color, so then I added one last row in a bright pink acrylic paint.
I keep going back and forth on whether I will actually use the luggage or if it will become a fun storage item. What would you use it for?
Update : It has been FOUR years and this luggage piece gets constant use from my kids. They play with it for dress-up, sit on it, use it as a table and much more. After four solid years of use and there is but maybe one single scratch where the paint has come up! I can hardly believe how well this paint has lasted.
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