Monday, June 8, 2020

June Blog Hop Challenge -Upcycled Vintage Luggage Picnic Basket

Welcome to the June Blog Hop Challenge

The inspiration this month is a "Summer Craft"
Below are my blogger friends who took part in the challenge. Be sure and pop over and visit all the other projects too.

Across the Blvd | Purple Hues & Me
Southern Sunflowers | Slices of Life
Domestic Deadline | Chas' Crazy Creations
Comfort Spring | Cookies, Coffee, & Crafts
Coastal Bohemian 

Nearly a year ago, my friend , Cindy, gave me a piece of vintage luggage that had belonged to her mother. She was very eager to see what I would create. 

We are planning a camping trip soon and I thought I would make a pretty picnic basket to caddy all our outdoor picnic supplies. 
To begin with , one side has some missing leather trim. 
Is this a Bakelite handle ? Bakelite is a  lucite/ acrylic like material used back in the 1940's and 1950's . Bakelite handles and jewelry have become prized possessions for collectors.
Here is the hardware. To paint or not to paint?

So I decided that I needed to remove the leather trim on the one side. It's very dry and brittle and pulls off easily.

I have a good little stash of chalky paint  perfect  for a coat all over. 

And I'll need to get rid of this stinky , dusty interior.

After I vacuum  the inside clean and pretty I coat the entire inside with more chalky paint.This will help seal out any lingering odors also.

And to give the inside some color, I decoupage some napkins to the inside. 

When the glue from the decoupage has dried, I sand off the excess napkin along the edges, with an emery board.

I used the cap from a storage container to create a polka dot all over the exterior of the luggage/picnic basket.

Looking good!!!!
Now for the goodies.
A nautical tablecloth
Melamine Dishes 
Wine Glasses and Ice Tea Glasses
I'm holding out for some beachy utensils. 
I wanted to attach everything with stretchy bands so they would hold in place when being transported but I couldn't find the elastic in any of the stores. They were sold out because people use the elastic to make masks.
So for now we will showcase the upcycle and in the future I will add the elastic .

Thanks for playing along. Let me know what you think I  should add to the picnic basket.

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With love and gratitude,


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  1. I've always been hesitant to try and redo something like luggage. Your craft really explains how you did it and you make it look easy. I love, love, love the color and the coastal items used in the picnic supplies. I can't tell you how much I want that case. Beautiful.

  2. How fun is that! I have a vintage suitcase that was my grandpas and we used it as a side table. I never thought to do something like this. Turned out great and wonderful crafting with you.

  3. What an awesome idea to turn a vintage luggage piece into a picnic basket, Michele! And it looks beautiful, too! I love the design colors and decoupage napkins!

  4. What a pretty picnic basket; I would never have thought of doing that. Pinned.

  5. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful. I need a picnic basket like this in my life!

    1. Lol. I feel ya lady. Then you need a good excuse to use it. Maybe an outdoor concert.

  6. I love polka dots and this is speaking to me. What a great way to reuse a suitcase than throwing it out. It came out beautiful and the color is so bright and cheerful. Great tip to use the emery board.

  7. So, so pretty! I love the colors and the polka dots! What a wonderful transformation of your vintage suitcase! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  8. I love the color and the polka dots! I love the inside too- You did a great job!
    xo Lisa S

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  9. Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 13, open June 1 to 26. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

  10. Discovered you from over at Joanne's at My Slices of Life. What a darling project. And guess who happens to have an old suitcase!!?? I just love the way this turned out. Thank you for the step by step directions for recreating this. May you enjoy making many happy picnicking memories with your new picnic basket and accessories.

  11. LOVE your awesome upcycle idea!! From the bright colors you chose, using polka dots, to the items you included in your picnic case ~ you outdid yourself! Pinned.

  12. What a fun idea! I love the color so much

    1. Hi Emily. If you pop in here a bit you'll see it's my signature color. I'm addicted.


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