Boy oh boy, am I stoked to be blogging again! While I have never stopped DIY-ing and creating, I must be honest that I got a little lazy and stopped publishing content.
This vintage train case is quite possibly my favorite travel luggage ever! These bad boys were originally designed for high class train travel in the early 1900's and quickly became a popular must own accessory among women who leisurely traveled the world by rail.
I remember, as a little girl, my mom had a turquoise blue Samsonite train case. I always loved, admired and played with it and wanted one of my own. Over the years she ended up thrifting three of them for my sisters and I. Subsequently , we never traveled without them taking them on Road Trips, just about everywhere . So I decided to give mine a little 21st century makeover!
I recently cruised to the Bahamas with my boyfriend Jake and my roomy renovated train case carried the gamut of nearly everything needed from my various toiletries all the way to my polaroid camera. The best thing about this little cutie mini luggage is that nothing gets smooshed or ruined because its protected by the hard shell. (This was it’s selling point in the 1960s/70s — TV Commercials showed Gorillas throwing them around! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-e96m4730) These cases are even ideal for an overnight stay where you can even pack an a change of clothes under the removable makeup organizer at the top!
I decided to paint this train case a light pastel pink —the happy color I want everything in the world to be. It’s just resonates happiness!
The first step to this project was sanding (definitely my least favorite part of every project)! I sanded down the existing ugly green color until the luggage had a good gritty texture and grip to it. Then, I taped/covered all the exposed silver parts including the handle, so it wouldn't get covered in paint. Next, came the magical transformational step - time to change colors - the painting (my favorite part, but also the most messy part)! I used Waverley Inspirations "Ballet Slipper" acrylic chalk paint in matte finish that I picked up from Walmart. Top properly cover the dark green color I had to give this case about three coats(lighter colors might take less coats) and let it dry overnight. I really love this versatile chalk paint and highly recommend it. The paint was inexpensive and went on extremely smooth and effortlessly. To finish the project I sealed the train case with MiniWax fast-drying polyurethane in "Clear Satin". (I got from from my “2nd Home”...Home Depot!) I used some old paint brushes that I found from around the house.
My talented mother, Dianne, crafted the pink, yellow and green pom pom’s. This unique campy add-on/enhancement are so adorable and really make this train case original and bohemian-like (just what I intended!)
I’m on the hunt to build my retro train case collection and am toying with the possibly selling these in my Etsy story @southindigo…..If you'd be interested in one let me know in the comments below! :)