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Suitcase Refinished with Chalkboard Paint

24 August 2011

Suitcase Refinished with Chalkboard Paint

I'm very excited about this post! It features one of my favorite makeovers to date and trashy treasure. Seriously. Found him/her (I'm not sure yet) next to the trash cans outside my apartment building. Score.

First up- this vintage suitcase I found at the local antique shop.



It was nice as is and I did like the color but there were some imperfections that bothered me.  I bought some chalkboard paint a while ago with nothing particular in mind. This seemed like the perfect first project.
I primed it first with some gray spray primer.

Then I gave it a couple coats of chalkboard paint, making sure to let it dry the full four hours in between coats.


The worst part about chalkboard paint, you ask? WAITING THREE DAYS TO WRITE ON IT. THREE DAYS! I like instant gratification. Thankfully I didn't have chalk or I would have drawn on it the next morning haha.  Here it is (atop my curbside find) patiently waiting to be drawn on.


I actually liked it like this. I love the matte finish. But I was itching to put some chalk on it.

Finally, I was able to "season it." This is super important. You have to rub chalk all over it and rub it in before you write on it. If you don't, what ever you write will be burned into the surface. And we don't want that!


Ok. I've kept you waiting long enough! 

The quote is a lyric from one of my favorite songs ever, "Trapeze Swinger" by Iron & Wine.

Here's a full shot of my curbside find. It's solid and in pretty good shape. I wouldn't be surprised if it came from one of the graduating seniors haha. I have no shame.


I'm excited to work on it when I get the time. I may even keep it for my own place.


So, what do you think? I think I might use it as a prop for some senior pictures I'll be taking soon. I'm in love!

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kimberlyann August 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

I love this! I just bought a bunch of old suitcases off of Craigslist. I made a chair out of one them you can check it out on my blog. I have been looking for ideas for the others, might have to do this!
Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ His and Hers August 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Unique idea! Lots of chalkboard paint going around these days, but this is the first time I've seen it on a suitcase. Nicely done, Ashleigh! :)

Stacey August 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Looks JUST like the suitcase I found at a yard sale! Same color and name and everything! Funny! I used spray paint on mine as well as ribbon - see what I did here:
Stacey of Embracing Change

Stacy Curran August 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

That is the first suitcase I've seen done in chalk paint. i never would have thought of it, but it came out great! Boy, that is some amazing paint!

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