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Topic: Funky Diva Dress Up Trunk - Picture HEAVY!  (Read 11500 times)
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« on: February 17, 2006 11:16:11 AM »

How do you make a Four Year old SQUEAL with Delight?  Take an old Starline Suitcase and turn it into a drop dead fabulous dressup trunk - glaze the crap out of it so it's a shiny as new patent leather shoes.

So here's the nasty brown nagahyde Starlite.  I didn't even buff or sand the vinyl, I figured she's 4 - how much is she going to drag it around???

Rip the Guts out.... make sure you put it right in the garbage or your whole house will smell like old ladies and that's not a good thing!

The inside was pretty nasty - I soaked this in alcohol/bleach/Febreeze/Odor Remover/baking soda and newspaper.  I still ended up spritzing it with a perfume before I put the lining in...  I read that if you fill it with baking soda and old newspaper and put it in a plastic back for a few days that will eliminate the odor - it helped, but the odor was pretty strong!

I started by painting the whole thing lavender...which is G-Face's favorite color.

Then I put on the yellow, pink, pink, and more pink border.  The sides were this awful pepto bismol color - so I eventually went back and put on some big colorful polka dots which broke the color up quite a bit!

Pepto Bismol Sides before the polka dots!

And then - I did some flowers and of course G's name.  I finished it off with a couple of hefty coats of outdoor gloss.  That seemed to both seal the paint to the vinyl and inhibit a lot of the chipping/scratching.

And then the back.... which I think is cute.

The inside I relined with a bumperpad style sides and a soft fabric covered batting for the top and the bottom.  I don't have a picture of the lining - because it was stuffed full of clothes the minute she got it!

It was fun - but it took FOREVER - I'm not a patient, let's-wait-for-paint-to-dry kind of girl.  Although the other Mom's at the birthday party were drooling.   I'm in the running for Favorite Aunt - this might seal the deal! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006 11:51:14 AM »

That is so adorable.  I love the colors...that will defintely make you the most favorite aunt.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2006 06:52:50 PM »

You have so won the award for favorite Aunt!  That is cute and really is perfect....how on earth did you come up with this idea?

« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2006 06:56:47 PM »

Adorable!  Grin I wish I had a little girl in my familly to make one for.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2006 03:09:56 PM »

That is so incredibly creative!  I get so much inspiration from craftster it's crazy!!  CUTE CUTE CUTE!!
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2006 05:03:20 PM »

I saw a few decorated suitcases on here and I thought it would make a great dress up trunk - so kudos to the ladies that painted the first suitcases on craftster!

I decided while I was down visiting the kidlets this weekend that I'm going to make her little brother an adventure trunk - something where he can stash his cowboy vest, doctor's lab coat and his little faux suit of armor..... if she gets a girly girl fabulous dress up trunk - he should get an equally fabulous yet manly man adventure trunk - so I'm off to goodwill to find another starlite suitcase.

hopefully the next one won't smell so bad!!!

Thanks for all the kind words!!!

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2006 07:01:54 PM »

Very,very cool idea. I have been hauling around a big red suitcase I picked up off of the street. Why do they smell like that? Sort of like powder and horrible flower perfume with a splash of disinfecting douse \ hack, pardon me
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2006 06:23:06 AM »

Such a great idea...and super creative too...can't wait till I little people around so I can attempt to make one. It looks great.

You totally won the award for favourite aunt!

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2006 10:15:13 AM »

Absolutely adorable!!  I know of so many little girly girls who would just loooove to have their own personalized little diva trunk, great job!

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