I scored a vintage suitcase last weekend for $3 at a Vintage Garage Sale. Mr. Suitcase, in my opinion, looked too much shabby and not enough chic when I found him.
He had a black eye.
A lot of age spots. And I thought maybe he'd spent some nights out in the rain without an umbrella.
I noticed a couple of scars; like Mr. Suitcase had been in a sword fight.
He had great bones, though. And I liked his taste in jewelry -- that worn, rusty look. Not to mention that sassy lucite plastic nose ring. I mean, really. This guy was sending me serious vintage 40's vibes. For $3 I didn't think twice. I knew I could put him in rehab.
My friend Robin suggested I cover up his age spots with wood stain.
I liked that idea and figured I didn't have much to lose. At the very worst, if it didn't work, Mr. Suitcase would end up under the bed as storage. (I kept that little back-up plan from Mr. Suitcase, though. He's very sensitive.)
I borrowed Captain's Minwax wood stain and gave Mr. Suitcase a makeover, covering his scar with little dabs of black and brown permanent markers Captain had on hand.
Now I love the way Mr. Suitcase looks. Rugged, with a sort of edgy patina.
It's fun to see an idea come to life. What are you imagining today?
I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal CharmShare Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What we Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique
The Best DIY Link Party
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Craft Frenzy Friday at Craft Dictator