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Repurposed Vintage Suitcase

By: Purely Katie
March 10, 2017

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Repurposed Vintage Suitcase
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Hello there!  Today, I am so excited to share my Repurposed Vintage Suitcase using Patent Leather Paint.  This was an easy painted craft with a big transformation.  DecoArt's Patent Leather Paint is one of the new 2017 products and I had so much fun using it.  Just by adding paint to a forgotten vintage piece, you can bring new life and purpose to it.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Patent Leather Paint 2oz - White
  • DecoArt Patent Leather Paint 2oz - Bright Pink
  • Mini Vintage Suitcase
  • Oil Cloth
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue


Gather your supplies.

Instruction #1 - How to paint an old suitcase
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I bought this vintage suitcase on Etsy for a fairly good price.  You can find suitcases like this one in most thrift or antique stores.  They are usually called train or makeup suitcases. The one I bought was in pretty good shape but just needed a little makeover.

Instruction #2 - Repurposed Vintage Suitcase Before
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I started by giving the suitcase a good scrub making sure it was as clean as possible.  I removed the original lining and replaced it with new.  I used a black and white gingham oil cloth to reline the inside because this material is durable and can easily be cleaned.  I cut the oil cloth for a tight fit and glued it using tacky glue.

Instruction #3 - How to reline an old suitcase
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I painted the entire outside of the suitcase including the hardware with DecoArt Patent Leather paint in Bright Pink.  The patent leather paint is sticky when first applied but once it is cured it is smooth and shiny. It takes 24-48 hours for the paint to fully cure.  I applied multiple coats of paint for full coverage using a soft bristle brush and allowed each coat to dry before apply another one.

Instruction #4 - DIY Painted Suitcase91
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I painted the trim in the inside of the suitcase using DecoArt Patent Leather paint in White.  I used the same process as the Bright Pink paint.  I applied multiple coats for full coverage.

Instruction #5 - Easy DIY Repurposed Vintage Suitcase15
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The patent leather paint gives a very shiny finish to any surface to it is applied to.  I am really glad I painted the hardware the same color as the suitcase because it has a nice cohesive look.  I am using this Repurposed Vintage Suitcase using Patent Leather Paint for my craft supplies but you could use it to store makeup, jewelry, or anything you'd like.  What color would you use?

Instruction #6 - Repurposed Vintage Suitcase After
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Be sure to visit Purely Katie  for more projects and to learn more about Katie.


I have several old suitcases that need a makeover. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for the video. I love how you can use this paint on the hardware too.

Jeannie Zanet

March 15, 2017

Great idea. I, also, have an old suitcase that would come to life again with this painting idea. Thanks!


April 10, 2017

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