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« on: September 12, 2007 10:10:47 AM »


Technically this isn't done yet. I still have to screw the suitcase to the base and do something with the inside but it's sat this way for months and months so I figured I'd brag about it. I'd seen people make cool tables out of suitcases so I wanted to try one too. I've also wanted to try mosiacing. And then I also wanted to get in on making something out of paint chip samples so I decided to combine all of that together. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.


totally awesome! never thought to do a mosaic with paint chips! did you use the same grout then that you would for tiles? what did you use to put the suitcase on? just 4 legs or did you use a small table underneath?

 
What I did was take a ugly suitcase from the thrift store and painted it all black. Then I decided on a design for the top and went and collected paint chips in those colors. Then I cut off the names and numbers from the chips and then cut lots and lots of squares and triangles. I drew the design on top with a white pencil and then started to glue down pieces to fill in the top. I just used regular old elmers glue for this. This part took a loooooong time. When I was finally finished I coated the top a few times with mod podge. Because the paint chips were just paper no grout needed! The base for the table is just a scrap piece of wood also painted black and then I got the legs and the leg hardware at home depot or lowes I can't remember now. I put the legs on the scrap wood. I still have to screw the suitcase onto the wood, right now it's just sitting on top. Pretty easy really just a little time consuming.
And thanks everyone for the nice comments!
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007 10:12:28 AM »

this is so clever!  i love old suitcases--what a great way to recycle!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007 10:18:37 AM »

Awesome way to use all of those things.  When I saw your mosaic, I wondered how the suitcase would hold up under the weight of the tiles... then I read about the paint chips.  Brilliant!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007 10:22:08 AM »

It's very cool!
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007 10:28:29 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments!
It's funny, my hubby likes to have people guess what I made the mosaic with. They're very surprised when he tells them!
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007 10:35:14 AM »

In my day job, I'm a decorative painter/faux finisher and when my paint store's supplier updated all their colors the store had to get a whole new display... I just missed being able to score all those chips from them for crafting!  I was disappointed, but part of me knew that maybe not dragging home boxes of paint chips to my already full house was probably a good thing.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 01:08:39 PM »

That is such a great idea!  I love it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 03:51:30 PM »

That is brilliant!  Paint chips?! Grin verry clever, very creative.  It looks quite surreal - like a painting by Magritte.
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 06:00:44 PM »

That is absolutely amazing! so impressed!
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007 09:01:30 PM »

totally awesome! never thought to do a mosaic with paint chips! did you use the same grout then that you would for tiles? what did you use to put the suitcase on? just 4 legs or did you use a small table underneath?
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