Is anyone else really tired of these cold and windy weekends? Yuck! We won’t be biking for a while yet, especially as snow is heading in this week to give us a good dumping. Biking in February? Sure! Biking in March? Hmmmmm….
Anyway, I did get a chance to work on a little project that I’ve been wanting to do since last summer when I picked this up. Old vintage suitcase:
It’s not big, only about 15 inches across. It didn’t smell at all inside, which was a bonus LOL! The fabric was good on the bottom, but the top was all ripped up and I removed it before this picture:
I thought this would be a nice prop for displaying my soaps and stuff. So, after cleaning it up a bit, I made a chalk paint to use all over it, including the fabric (makes it feel leathery). The color is Moonlight White, which is the paint color of our kitchen cabinets – guess where I got the paint?? 😀 It’s an off white. No quite cream, but not really bright white.
Looks much better now. I also painted the hardware flat black. For the inside, I did a transfer of my logo on the inside lid. I’ve done this before on a dresser, but the method was a little different since this is a smaller piece. You need a shiny paper, like wax paper or something coated. My sheet happened to be an empty peel and stick label sheet, which has the perfect sheen and bonus that it fits in the printer.
I used Open Office to reverse my logo and print it out (inkjet) onto the shiny side:
Since the chalk paint is a matte finish, this works really well as a technique. I used a damp sponge to moisten the suitcase lid and then pressed the paper on:
I just rubbed it a bit. It’s sort of like a temporary tattoo. Voila!
Now the surface of the inner lid was rough, which is why the print came out like that. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it has that bit of vintage vibe to it.
After I got done, John said “It’s so you!” 😀 Now to style the inside with product.
Sunday was sister time! I met up with my sis for some coffee. Multiple attempts at a selfie with not a ton of success.
My head is giant LOL!
I don’t know if any of you remember the Super Bowl ad from last year where a small business won a free 30 second commercial? It was for Death Wish Coffee, a local company, and this is their retail store in Saratoga.
Good stuff. It was good catching up, too.
Who else loves the evening being lighter as of today? Meeee!! Although I do hate thinking it’s one time and it’s another. Now to get ready for snow…