We seem to live in a world of plastic. Our lives are so busy and hectic that plastic storage seems to be the quick and easy solution for organizing and simplifying our lives. I love the function of those pieces but also want a studio with personality, character and warmth to inspire. I want a studio I can't wait to enter! Through this blog I want to offer inspiration and solutions for storage and organizing and to share ideas for the three R's: repurposing, recycling and reusing!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Refurbished and recycled suitcase
I bought a small suitcase at a sale for $1.00. It was in pretty bad shape so I figured I couldn't hurt it. First I spray painted the entire outside of it with white paint. I then painted a floral bouquet on the top using acrylic paints.
Inside before photo
I removed any loose paper on the inside along with the old pocket on the top/inside, replacing it with a lightly quilted fabric which I had used a few years as a tree skirt at Christmas.
Inside top with newly created pocket
I will use this for some of my craft items but haven't decided what for certain. I have about 30 of the little mint tins shown below. Thirteen of them fit nicely together as shown. These could be used for buttons, beads, or any number of small items and a label could be added to indicate the contents.
Inside bottom of suitcase showing tins
What would you use it for?
My watercolor palette fits perfectly, but I would really have to make sure it was clean before I put it in the suitcase so I'm thinking that won't work so well.
At this point I'm actually thinking I will use it for whatever current project I am working on. I can keep everything I need inside the case and if we go somewhere I can easily close the lid and take it along, knowing I have what I need with me.