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French inspired shabby chic vintage leather painted suitcase white chalk paint distressed

This is a 1960-70's Samsonite style suitcase that I painted with 2 shades of my white custom mixed chalk paint lightly distressed and hand waxed with a one of kind Paris Eiffel tower stencil of my own design. The suitcase is picture on a matching little side table that is also available to buy.

What I find most enjoyable is when I can take common ordinary objects and make them special. That is exactly what we have here with this suitcase. I'm sure you've all seen this type of suitcase at yard sales, grandma's attic or maybe even the back of your closet. Even the original color was pretty much standard I believe it's even referred to as Samsonite blue. Although this suitcase was very common for its time it held on to the one thing that made it a little more special than the rest it's lovely lavender lining. A rare find for us suitcase hunters indeed. I took this case home and gave it a good degreasing and thorough scrubbing. I then layered the paint, an old white colored chalk paint topped with a bright white chalk paint. Being careful not to accident seal her shut or hurt the latches. For the inside I taped off the edges of the lining and painted with a craft paint brush the edges with the same paint on the outside. While it now looked quite elegant with it's new white finish this piece needed something extra special. I designed and cut my own Paris inspired stencil for the top and painted on the design with a custom mixed lavender chalk paint. A true one of a kind! From that point I hand sanded the entire suitcase exposing some metal on the hardware and exposing some natural wear spots on the case itself for that lovely shabby chic look we all enjoy. Then the entire case was hand waxed with one coat of clear paste wax followed by ebony wax applied to the hardware and edging. One more coat of clear wax and this suitcase was once again special. Her finish is silky smooth and very elegant. Set on a side table for a stylish night stand or in your powder room to hold your extra towels. Remember you can purchase the suitcase and the matching table to the perfect combination. In the nursery to store your extra baby blankets. Are you stacking suitcases this is the perfect choice to go on top showing off it's Paris logo? Whether you choose to display opened or closed the possibilities are endless with this fabulous find.
Measuring 22" x 17" x 7" lid closed and 22" x 17" x 21" lid opened. Local pickup is available

Please remember with any vintage item there is some natural wear and tear but that just adds to it's charm

Tre' Chic Designs

Shabby Chic Vintage Leather Painted Suitcase Chalk Paint French Chic Paris


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: suitcase, chalk paint, wax, custom stencil
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 5 people