Monday, August 24, 2009

A Train Case Metamorphosis

I've been eyeing these little train cases at the Goodwill shops for awhile and then started seeing some around on different blogs. So - a couple weeks ago I finally grabbed one and did my thing. However, like many projects - it didn't exactly turn out as fabulous as I had hoped. It did -however - teach me a lot and keep me interested to try it again. Here is what I did with this one:

  • Primed and painted it by hand (didn't spray paint).

  • Used all materials that I had on hand.

  • Actually painted contact paper and cut into decals before applying to the case.

  • Coated it all in ModPodge and then an acrylic sealer.

  • Painted the hardware.

  • Covered the handle with painted contact paper. (yeah, weird).

  • Skipped the "touching up" phase - it's sitting on top of the fridge to hold medicines and it's fine.


Some things I'll do different next time:

  • Try to use spray paint so that I don't have unsightly brush strokes - OR - cover the whole thing with contact paper and mod podge - only painting the trim.

  • Buy the color of contact paper that I need - painting it actually worked... but kind of a pain.

  • Probably just leave the hardware alone. And the handle.

This little dudes are heavy too... so my visions of actually traveling with one may not actually happen. But - it does look cute sitting around the house, no?

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  1. Really cute!!! I would have never thought to paint contact are always full of good information!! I remember having something similar when I was was heavy!

  2. This turned out so cute! Love the little birds you painted on it too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Oh I love old suitcases-great job.

    I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
    Its So Very Cheri

  4. I sent this to my Mod Podge novice daughter. On first glance, it reminds me of the Woodstock logo.

  5. Great redo! I remember having one of those. Telling my age. :-)


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