How to create Easy Painted Luggage

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.

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. Delineate Your Dwelling #paintedluggage #paintsuitcase

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!

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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

Easy Painted Luggage supplies
HOW TO PAINT A HARD SUITCASE:
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.

Easy Painted Luggage steps
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.

Easy Painted Luggage paint
After I applied my second coat of paint, I allowed it to throughly dry.  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.

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. Delineate Your Dwelling #paintedluggage #paintsuitcase

Easy Painted Luggage stencils
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.

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. Delineate Your Dwelling #paintedluggage #paintsuitcase

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. Delineate Your Dwelling #paintedluggage #paintsuitcase

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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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27 thoughts on “How to create Easy Painted Luggage

    1. Great question, Cheryl. I didn’t do anything special at all to the luggage to prep it for painting. Since it was so old, I did take a damp paper towel to lightly clean off dirt. The Martha Stewart paint I used is like a chalk/matte paint and goes on very thick. It was perfect for this project and has held up remarkably well. My kids use this to contain dressup clothes so it’s gets a LOT of use and no chipped paint yet! Good luck.

    1. You certainly could tape off the hardware, but I’ll be honest for this project I did not. The hardware was fairly big and I just used a smaller brush when I got closer to painting around it. Thanks for asking, Pam!

  1. OMG Love! I painted my train case this weekend too! Love the results, should have done it sooner. I tore out the inside and painted that also. Chalky finish paint in pure white and Paris gray <3

  2. OH my gosh I have this same suitcase in dingy off white and have kept it hoping to paint it but never have. Then I just put it aside for a yard sale but now you are making me reconsider! It looks amazing!

  3. It’s lovely, what a great transformation. I wouldn’t want to be taking this through the airport though, I was watching a video on FB just the other day that is doing the rounds again showing how they chuck our suitcases around with no care at all! Much better to use this for journeys by car maybe when you can be careful yourself or for pretty storage.

    1. A very good point, Julie! My luggage always comes back hugely scuffed after taking an airplane trip. My daughter has already claimed this as “pretty storage” for her room – ha.

  4. I would love to know in the future if the paint holds up to use as a suitcase. My daughter is going to college and a cute suitcase/storage would be so fun!I would be more apt to use Martha paint if it does hold up.
    Or do you have a tip of what paint or top coat would help keep it looking nice?
    Thanks

    1. Kathy, so far so good on the paint holding up… but it’s only been a week or so. I’ve not used the luggage too much yet. However, I know you could spray it with a clear protective spray to keep from any dings or chips. And I was really impressed with the thickness of Martha’s Vintage Decor paint. I would highly recommend for something like this over a normal acrylic, which would take so so many coats to cover.

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