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Giving a new look to an old vintage suitcase
How to give a makeover to an old, rusty metal suitcase with paint.

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  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is what I started out with, an old and rusty metal vintage suitcase.

  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 2
    Step 2

    The first step was to paint the black sections with a chalky type paint, my own color using white and an olive green. It doesn't matter what color you use. Two coats of that paint did the trick.

  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 3
    Step 3

    The next step was taking care of those awful looking corner bumps. I used Burnished Brass metallic luster color. It went on rich and pretty. I also used it on all the other hardware of the suitcase, except for the metal edges along the suitcase.

  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 4
    Step 4

    The metal parts on the edges of the suitcase were painted with black acrylic paint.

  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 5
    Step 5

    And because I didn't want to leave it plain, I painted on some stripes. This would mimic the straps that it may have had at one time. I think this was the hardest part for me, getting those lines straight and not having any bleed-through.

  • How to make a suitcase / trunk. Vintage Suitcase Upcycle - Step 6
    Step 6

    But it was all worth it in the end. I now have this beautiful Metal Vintage Suitcase that I use to store my sewing items.

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