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« on: July 29, 2010 02:52:54 AM »

OK, I'm not really sure where this goes... but this seemed like as good of a spot as any. I found a crap ton of old hardback suitcases and traincases at a local thrift shop for like $1 each!!! (I know, right, OMG how could I not buy all of them) So I loaded up on them and figured I could probably paint them if nothing else. After some primer, and like a million coats of paint -which ended up being almost the exact same color as a Tiffany's box ::happy dance::   Grin I was finally ready for the detailing. For whatever reason I'm really into birds and peacocks right now, so a peacock feather seemed appropriate. Anyways, enough jabbering... onward to the pics!!! (which are crap-tastic right now bc my dog ate my digital camera  Tongue)





Please ignore the reconstruction... I am redoing our master bedroom (that wall color is the new color btw  Grin I luv it!)

So.... I was also thinking of adding another (much smaller) peacock feather on the top kinda off centered and at an angle... any suggestions? I dunno if that would be too much since its not a very big case.
 Also, Im redoing the interior with new fabric as well, but I was so happy with how it came out I figured I would go ahead and post it anyway  Grin
I have a suitcase in the same style and brand and will probably do it up to match.

Please any C&C welcome.
Thanks so much for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2010 04:16:37 AM »

You have NO idea how jealous I am right now. I have been searching high & low for ever for a similar case to paint that exact colour- but there is NOTHING like that in the crappy thrift stores over here & all the ones on ebay cost a fortune! SO JEALOUS! It looks amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010 06:10:49 AM »

this is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and it makes me want to steal. JUST KIDDING!  Grin The color is lovely and the feather pattern is perfect with it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010 08:03:17 AM »

Wisted! I have a case like this that my great aunt gaveme when I  was a kid to carry my art supplies to and from my lessons. Its blue and old and ugly and back then it totally embarrassed me lol. I have hung onto it all these years (25+) because of the memories. But I think I am totally going to paint it, redo the inside, and display it!

Thanks for the great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010 09:01:46 AM »

Mmm, absolutely gorgeous color. The feather detail is just right as well.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2010 09:51:38 AM »

It looks fantastic!
I have a yucky beige colored one right now and have been thinking of painting it too, so your post comes in great time! I would not have thought to use a primer...thanks for that tip!
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2010 11:16:10 AM »

I LOVE it! I wouldn't add another feather on the top. I think it's perfect just the way it is. You have no idea how jealous I am of the color on your walls, btw. lol. I love your dresser too! But, back on topic, the case is gorgeous. Adding a case to my list of things to hunt down in a thrift store! You did a GREAT job.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2010 02:30:06 PM »

Oh I love this! I've been wanting to get a suitcase of some sort to redo. And this is major inspiration. What kind of paint did you use?

Maybe a smaller feather would look nice. Your painting is already really delicate looking. : ) Looks great.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2010 02:24:35 AM »

Hey! Sorry its taken me so long to reply... school really gets in the way of my hobbies (stupid school, is it really that necessary anyways?)

Anywho...CraftySton er, as far as the paint I spray painted it first with a primer made for plastics (I wasn't sure what the suitecase was made of, but I figured the plastic paint would work-which it did  Wink YAY) Then for the color, I just painted with the ghetto acrylic paint from WallyWorld (aka Walmart). I think its really like Plaid paint or something, but I just liked the color. Then I sealed the ever-living crap out of it with Matte sealer by Modge-Podge. I think I ended up sealing it like 4-5 times, letting it dry completely between each coat. So far, its held up well with no damage (but I haven't been throwing down fights of stairs or anything crazy  Tongue)

Lewre, thank you! And yeah, I'm a little obsessed with the color of my walls now  Grin Also, you will be happy to know, I didn't add another feather... but I'm finishing up the larger matching suitcase and I'm going to incorporate the same feather detail as well as an actual peacock (since its much larger I figured I could get away with some extra awesomeness  Grin )

BonEsInspired and 6craftycats: I'm so happy I inspired you! I feel special! And BTW, as far as I'm aware of Ive never been wisted before! So I feel extra special! Thank you <3

Thanks again! If you have any questions, let me know (I will answer them faster this time-pinky promise Wink ) Also, as soon as I finish this little guys big brother I will post it as well.
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