Sunday, April 10, 2011

Boden Inspired Suitcase Decor


Does anyone else get the Boden catalog?  I fell in love with this cover of the current one and was inspired to get crafty!  I went out searching for an old suitcase and found 2!!!  And where better than Goodwill ladies!  The cost:  $30 for two vintage-ish (not sure their age) leather lookers (Dora car not included)




I took the never ending fabric I have on hand from Hobby Lobby (all apparel fabrics seems to be 30% off every time I am in there.  So the cost is SUPER cheap.  A yard is around $3.00)
Place it on your suitcase and trace around the spaces you are going to cover with fabric.


Here's what the side strip for mine looked like once cut out.


Get yourself some modge podge.  I went through 1 1/2 bottles for this project.  And for goodness sakes, use a Michaels, Jo Ann, or Hobby Lobby coupon!


Modge Podge the suitcase where the fabric is going.  Lay down the strip of fabric, move into place and modge podge on the top of the fabric.  I used a sponge brush.
Continue this for the rest of the suitcase.  I found tracing helped me to get a pretty accurate look.  It's not perfect...thank goodness this isn't in HD ;)

Here they are in their new "outfits"

 




Under a table in my family room...perfect place to hid toys!


Now under the table in my entry hall.  
Cute place to hid umbrellas or kids shoes !!  
You could even "hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo husband" up in here"
(If you haven't seen that YouTube video, you're missing out...and you also must be living under a rock ;)!"



Spice up your table decor with something unexpected!  Great way to add color to a room.


The possibilities are endless with what you could put inside these. 
Use them for hiding toys, magazines, CRAFTS! 
Who doesn't need more hiding places for their craft supplies!?

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54 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your suitecases. I just found a set of three on the side of the road that I am working on. Great job!

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  2. Oh these are fabulous!! I have two of the old, round ones with the handle and I was JUST looking at them and thinking . . . and yet ANOTHER use for Mod Podge! Perfect!

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  3. those are sooo cute, erin! great job- and who cares if they are imperfect? that is what makes them more charming!

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  4. Thank you ladies! So happy you like them too! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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  5. ADORABLE! love them! you should put some on your etsy shop!

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  6. Thank you Kristen! I might try my hand at it again. Don't think these are Etsy shop worthy being my first go at it. Although I sold my first etsy item yesterday so I have room ;)

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  7. I like yours better than the Boden ones! I like how you left the original leather trim exposed. I have a few of these that I use for storing stationery and craft supplies. I think I might have to give this a try. Nice job!

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  8. Cute, cute, cute, Erin! I've just polished 3 family suitcases that have family initials on them and am using them as a storage stack but may just look for other suitcases for this jazzy look!

    Is there a Hobby Lobby in Richmond?? If so, I haven't found it. Sigh! I miss it from two other cities where we lived. I'm on the Southside.

    Cheers!

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  9. I can NEVER find suitcases in thrift stores and all the ones I ever find in antique stores are soooo expensive. I used to look all the time. These are great and if I ever find some I might have to try it.

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  10. WOW love the result of the suitcases! i do love the fabric you chose for them! thanks for sharing, i'm your newest follower! Susan

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  11. They look amazing, I would be scared to try anything like that.

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  12. Totally keeping my eye out for suitcases now! I love it.

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  13. INCREDIBLE! I love your suitcases! I will definitely be on the lookout for suitcases at thrift shops now! Thanks for the awesome idea!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I just can't get over how fabulous these are!! WOW! You did an amazing job! And those are some of my two favorite fabrics from HL.

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  15. like! like!
    gorgeous work, girl.
    -{darlene}
    fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  16. I really like your project they are beautiful!!
    Sherry

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  17. So glad you all like them and thank you for your lovely comments! They are making my day ;)

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  18. Oh I'm in love! I have that same diamondy fabric and I LOVE it. It looks so good on those suitcases. I have a fabric hoarding problem since Hobby Lobby is 2 hours from me. :( This might just be awesome enough to overcome my separation anxiety! :)

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  19. baquilter...YES! there is a new-ish Hobby Lobby right in Short Pump, next to the home depot. Its a must see. I cant leave there without buying something. its a dangerous place!

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  20. Alison- I know, I love that fabric, although Ive done quite a few projects with it and I think Im just about over my love affair with it! Ha! love your fabric hoarding problem! I know what you mean!

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  21. These turned out great! I too love Boden and what a great replica of theirs.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  22. completely adorable!!!
    hugs from Chile

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  23. Super idea!! I absolutely LOVE these and the fabric. I would love for you to link them up at our link party.
    http://sistersofthewildwest.blogspot.com/2011/04/weekend-features-and-sister-sunday-link.html
    Amy

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  24. Great idea- love them, and love the fabric!

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  25. So cool. I love them. Now I'm going to be on the lookout for some!

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  26. ha!! this are so cute!!!!!! im going to find some vintage suitcases and come on over to your house so you can help me!!! i love them!!

    i know the youtube video! one of my all time favorites!!

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  27. These are gorgeous! I absolutely love the fabrics you chose! Great job.
    xoxo,
    Amy
    now to go find some old suitcases. ;)

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  28. what a fantastic way to use a fabulous print that you just couldn't pass up! I'm a total textile junkie, and it doesn't seem to matter whether I actually have any skill in the realm of the textile. (Think scrapbooking paper- I don't scrap, fabrics- I don't sew, embroidery floss- please, you've got to be kidding!)... Now I can totally justify my purchases, as well as, have an excuse to go thrifting for suitcases to hold all the textiles I'm hoarding.

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  29. This is adorable! I love vintage suitcases. This will make me rethink those that I pass up which are not in that great of condition.
    Just found your lovely blog. See that we have a lot in common. I'm a first grade teacher who quit to stay home with my kids. But my kids are further apart in ages so I've quit teaching 3 times now. That's the great thing about being a teacher. Just subbing now that my youngest is in preschool.
    I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
    Have a great day.
    Tammy

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  30. adorable! Love the fabrics!

    I am having a fine art photography giveaway by Melanie Alexandra on my blog. Just leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite image to win a 8x8/8x10 photograph of your choice.Please check it out!
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  31. What a great idea! These turned out beautiful! I
    saw some vintage suitcases at my local antique mall yesterday. Think they were like 10 dollars. Now I may have to go back and get them!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie

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  32. This is so cute!!! I'm going to share this with my mother! I'm positive she'll want to repeat this with her vintage suit cases!

    I'm following you from the Todays Creative blog party.
    Please follow me at:
    www.daughterbydesign.blogspot.com

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  33. Very Cute Idea! Inspiration strikes at the oddest moments, doesn't it? It's so nice to meet you.
    ~ ~ Ahrisha~ ~

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  34. Thanks Erin!

    It is great to know that Hobby Lobby is at Short Pump!! I'll have to hit #288 for a road trip! Oh! my son just told me he knew that. When was he going to tell me??

    Did you know that Home Goods is coming to the mall at Midlothian Tnpk and Courthouse Rd in mid-May?

    Cheers!

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  35. Oh my goodness, you really did a fantastic job! Looks like you purchased it that way! Such great patterns too! Stopping over from Faded Charm to say hello to you, my "linky neighbor"

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  36. These are too adorable. I am so impressed!

    My dad had a suitcase identical to this. I had forgotten about it until I saw the picture. I would say it is probably from the 50's?

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  37. These are so fabulous! My sister a a few vintage suitcases and I am going to have to show her this! Found you at the Tip Junkie.

    www.thegunnysack.com

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  38. Love them...especially love the fabrics you used! The fabric on the smaller suitcase is actually the inspiration for my dining room redo! Gotta love Hobby Lobby!

    I also love the idea of using these in an entry way for "childlife" or for toy storage. More brilliance. I might have to scoot over to the Hermitage Salvation Army!

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  39. I.LOVE.THESE. Love the fabric! Soo super cute!! I'm also follower #191 - - hmm I think that was my brownie troop number - and how many years ago was that???? WOW :-)

    Love your blog, too!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  40. LOVE this...thanks so much for the idea!

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  41. Those are just fabulous! I love the fabrics you chose too! Thanks so much for linking up this week..have a great day!
    Missy

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  42. Wow! They look incredible! I'm so jealous.

    Tiffany @ The Nest Effect

    http://www.thenesteffect.com

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  43. Love those suitcases that you redid...the fabrics coordinate beautifully :)
    Amazing transformation...
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  44. I absolutely LOVE these suitcases! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

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  45. !!! WOW !!! What a GREAT idea!! Great for storage, adds color & pattern to a space and a fantastic means of upcycling!! YOU ROCKED IT!!!
    And your blog is rockin' too! You've packed in another 50+ peeps in a week! GREAT job!

    :D Lynda

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  46. Those look great. I do get the Boden catalog. Thanks for joining WUW. I would feature this, but I just featured you so I will have to pick others.

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  47. Brilliant!!! What a fabulous idea!!! Visiting from Blue Cricket Design.

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  48. Maravilhoso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beijos
    RE

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  49. Love these! I'm going to look at those ugly old suitcases differently next thrifting trip!

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