Market Makeover…

Well kind of.
When I bought this little beauty some time ago, she was a Maroon shade with a white marble effect…I know! But for $3 how could I not bring her home and give her a makeover?
The first part straight after I bought her was a undercoat in a washed grey to cover the Maroon
…and that’s how she stayed…
until yesterday.

There were redeeming features I knew I could work with.
An old travel label.

from the southern part of Tasmania, which has oodles of charm.
and papered inside. Great for paint.
I gave her a few coats of a chalky white paint…everywhere!
Already she is looking amazing.

and as I am using this as display for my covers for the up coming Niche-All Wrapped Up Markets, I wanted it to not overwhelm my products and designs.
So a covering of brown paper was put over the dirty green original paper.
which I then stencilled with a little leaf design I came up with.

I didn’t do the bottom of the case of the other sides because once it is filled with my cushions you wont see them. Remember it is a display piece.
I actually like the fact that one of the latches is missing.

and with one of my White Clay Tags hanging from it I think she looks much better now.

I will be using one of my Luggage White Clay Tags on the Market day though.

What a sweet lady she is now.

I feel much better now to be pulling together the ideas I have for my stall and will be starting work on another piece very soon…stay tuned.
So, what do you think?
Ness xx
p.s-You can by my White Clay Tags HERE =0)
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24 Responses to Market Makeover…
  1. Kate Lewis-Driver
    March 7, 2011 | 10:01 am

    very nice Ness! i am on the lookout for a similar suitcase to paint up. thought i’d found it the other day, but the handle was missing ARG!!
    your little tag looks perfect hanging from the front :) Kate x
    ps what chalky white paint do you use? it looks fab!

    March 7, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Hey – looks fantastic. A wonderful treasure trove for old pictures and small memories! I like it!!



  3. Exquisite Accessories
    March 7, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Hi Ness finali got back to blogging love the case what a price lucky you the cushions will be great in there :)

  4. chair up
    March 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    It’s gorgeous Ness and I’m sure it will compliment whatever you are putting in there and won’t try to upstage the merchandise :o)

  5. Oh wow!! What a little treasure you have created xox

  6. Ness Lockyer
    March 7, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Kate, the chalky white I used for this piece is by Dulux- Antique White USA or Chalk White USA by the same company. They are my favourites.
    Ness xx

  7. Tam
    March 7, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Can’t wait to see your stall at Niche, Ness!

  8. Ness Lockyer
    March 7, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Thanks Tameeka.See you there!

  9. Killiecrankie Farm
    March 7, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Ness you sure have the design thing happening – what a great make over – i suspect there will be an op shop rush on for little old school cases now :)

  10. ShantyGirl
    March 7, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    What do I think? Beautiful amazing and I want one!

  11. Annie Louise
    March 7, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    Fantastic!! I love how this turned out–great job!!

  12. Laura @ 52 FLEA
    March 7, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    I think she is beautiful! I have a few of my own who are crying out for a makeover too! Thanks for some inspiration…:)

  13. Melissa
    March 7, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    A.D.O.R.E this ness…

    the loveliest vintage suitcase re-vamp i have seen on a blog…
    even if it is only a prop…she’s a seriously lovely one…

    melissa x

    p.s tag looks great on there- perfect finish!

  14. whereORwhat
    March 7, 2011 | 3:42 pm


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  15. Aaron
    March 7, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    I have been looking everywhere for a vintage suitcase! I wish I had your luck!

  16. Divine Theatre
    March 7, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    How sweet! That would make the cutest little dog or cat bed too!
    You know I have cats and dogs on the brain! LOL!

  17. Allison
    March 7, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I think she is beautiful! I love the paper you stenciled and your clay tag is the perfect touch. Be sure to show us photos when she is filled with your lovely pillows.

  18. Bente
    March 7, 2011 | 7:06 pm

    Very nice. I have 2 small one that I painted too glossy. I want a big ger one like yours. I also like what you did inside. Nice,nice, nice.

  19. Acanthus and Acorn
    March 7, 2011 | 7:26 pm

    I love the fact you took the time to make this little piece of luggage look so pretty! And, a great storage piece too.

  20. sissie
    March 7, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    Hi Ness,
    I love, love vintage luggage, especially the ones all beaten up and worn. Yours looks wonderful with the coat of white and the lining stenciled! It’s going to be a wonderful display piece. Of course, someone will probably want to buy it! You know how that goes!


  21. Sole
    March 7, 2011 | 10:32 pm

    So lovely, I wish I had read this before…. I found an old red wooden suitcase in the dump, and after it lived in the basement for a few month, it went back to its original finding place – I couldn’t figure out what to do with it!

  22. Jenny
    March 8, 2011 | 2:15 am

    Great makeover Ness, it will make a wonderful display for you at the markets. I bet someone will want to buy it. 😉

  23. bibbitybob
    March 9, 2011 | 8:28 pm

    So pretty! x

  24. siryoz0
    March 21, 2011 | 5:24 am

    Cool modification.,I am also into collecting antiques and outdated items, last weekend i visited antique kansas city and bought a table I redesigned it and i am fully satisfied with the result.

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