You know when you see something at a thrift store, and at first you think… nah… shaking your head at no one in particular?
Then you take a second look during your second lap and you think… hmmmm, maybe… while rubbing your chin and mulling it over, even though the colors are completely wrong.
And then you take a third look during your third lap and you think… yes!… and you snap it up… because you have to be the one to make it right. Right?
You’ve hard of speek-walking? Well this is thrift-walking. My kind of exercise. lol.
How about you?
Well that’s the way this happened, and this quick and easy vintage cosmetic case makeover has been a long time coming.
Just in time for the Thrifty Chicks Monthly Project Challenge, which this month is luggage.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s luggage challenge.
I found this very plain and beige-y boring vintage cosmetic case a while back, and it’s been waiting for its makeover every since.
All I needed to give this baby a whole new look was some painter’s tape and spray paint.
Here’s the back.
When I saw it at the thrift store I almost passed it twice because I’m so not a beige kinda girl.
Even though I was pretty sure it was beige on the inside too, I decided to open it up and give it a boo on my third time around.
I was wrong.
It happens occasionally. (wink wink)
Talk about the 70s in all its orange and yellow floral splendor!
Now I’m a girl who loves color, and I do love orange and I do love yellow… but I have to say that I wasn’t totally loving the whole orange and yellow togetherness vibe that was happening here.
But the interior was in fantastic condition, and is quite the awesome nod to the fun and funky 70s… so I thought about my options.
And after letting it percolate in the back of my brain for like months, it finally occurred to me that the boring beige exterior was its main problem for me.
So instead of fighting the whole retro vibe I decided to go with it instead.
Painter’s tape is a wonder for makeovers like this one.
I covered all the silver metal because I wanted to retain its color but also all the little dents and dings.
I taped it all the way around, and also the silver part below the handle.
When taping around the corners its best to use small pieces. This makes it much easier to get that little ridge along the top.
A little while ago we had a mild spell so I took the case out to our portable garage and spray painted it.
Look at the difference between the beige and that fabulous yellow!
My spray paint color options to tie in the interior floral were this yellow or orange.
Orange would be gorgeous too, but I have absolutely no orange in my whole house so I chose to go with the yellow. This makes this case work for me in almost every room.
Instead of travelling around the world it can travel around my house. lol.
Here’s the interior when the outside was beige.
And here it is now with that lovely yellow.
The bright color on the exterior actually tones the floral down a bit because it’s not such a contrast.
To me this color combo makes much more sense, and I actually like the floral interior much better now… and the bonus is that I didn’t have to tear out a perfectly good interior.
I have to show you the back as well.
I gave the case three light coats of paint, and I didn’t worry about any of the dings and dents showing through… and there are a few.
They just give it some character.
So here’s the boring beige case that I almost passed by.
And here’s my quick and easy vintage cosmetic case makeover… just right for me.
What do you think?
It’ll be repurposed in my living room office area near my recently decoupaged desk, so you’ll be seeing it again in the future.
So the next time you’re doing your laps at the thrift store, take a second or third look at something that maybe didn’t look so good the first time around.
You never know, you just might see something that you can easily make right for yourself.
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their luggage projects.
Here are the BEFORES.
Just click on the links beside the blog names to see the fabulous afters.
1.Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine.
2. Adirondack Girl at Heart – How to Clean & Care for Antiques: Vintage Luggage
3. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Repurposing A Vintage Cosmetic Case
4. Little Vintage Cottage – Upcycled Suitcase Tray
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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