Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vintage Suitcase #2

I have had this suitcase in my pile and it looked ok, but clearly it doesn't look so great standing by itself.

I thought about several ways to hide the stains on this one.

In retrospect, I didn't make the best choice.  But I'll save that for later.

I have been trying to use materials I have on hand.  So instead of rushing out for another quart of paint,  I mixed about five colors to achieve the right bluish green.

I wanted to use this color to cover the reddish brown on the ends of the case.

I was really happy with this color and very excited about the doing the rest of the makeover.

I took the metal parts from a beat up gold (top latch) to the bronze of the bottom hardware.

My idea was to use this toile remnant to cover the rest of the suitcase.

I did the lid first and that turned out pretty well.

Then I started on the bottom.  This is messy, messy work and you have to work quickly because the medium drys very fast.  I have found that it's best to let it dry before trying to trim around the hardware or cut off the overhang.

As this side started to dry I could could see that I had a problem.  That awful stain was bleeding right through my beautiful fabric.

Not a pretty sight and so disappointing.  There wasn't much I could do.  At this point it was stuck and so was I.

So after all that, I now have a vintage suitcase covered in a very pretty but stained toile.

FYI, the paint color I mixed is much closer to the color of the fabric than it looks in these pictures.  I can't explain that one.  You'll just have to imagine it being so.

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