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How to Paint a Suitcase

Sometimes in decorating you have to take an old piece and update it to give it a fresh new look. Taking old pieces around your home and repurposing can end up saving you money, while also satisfying your need to buy something new! Here and there I run across some awesome suitcases that I would never want to paint over.  However, there are a few that definitely need a face lift. That is where I come in!  I am going to show you how to paint a suitcase ….the easy way of course.

How to Paint a Suitcase

How to Paint a Suitcase with Chalk Paint
This suitcase is pretty blah, right? Well, we can fix that!!! With a little bit of chalk paint….. Oh the power of paint!!! This little table was needing a pop of color and I believe this suitcase did just that!
How to Paint a Suitcase with Chalk Paint

Steps to Paint a Suitcase

  • Tape off the center of the suitcase, being careful not to cover the hardware.
  • Paint the top and bottom of the suitcase. I used Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg chalk paint. I like to use chalk paint on accessories, as it sticks to just about everything. This also eliminates the need for using primer.
  • Apply 2 coats of chalk paint for better coverage.
  • When paint has dried, pull off the tape.
  • Carefully paint the center if needed. I used Annie Sloan’s Old Orchard chalk paint. I wanted the hardware to be left silver so I taped that off to make sure I didn’t accidentally paint it.
  • When paint is dry, seal everything with a clear soft wax.
 And that is how to paint a suitcase…the easy way!


How to Paint a Suitcase with Chalk Paint
This once dated suitcase is now a focal point and a great place for my silver 1847 tea set.  I have always wanted a tea set and when I saw it I do believe my mouth started watering!  Isn’t she a beauty? It’s so simple to repurpose old items without spending anything or for minimal cost. 
I also love this DIY chalkboard made with this vintage frame.  I have a tutorial on how I made this here 
Happy decorating!

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