Distressed Vintage Suitcase

Distressed Vintage Suitcase

Posted by DecoArt on Mar 18th 2014

Use Chalky Finish paint to distress a vintage suitcase to create a piece that adds old-fashioned charm to any room.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • scissors
    • lint-free rag
    • 2" chip brush
    • 3/8" stencil brush
    • burlap
    • hot glue gun
    • waxing brush
    • medium suitcase
    • oval metal platter
    • wooden dowel rod



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Use 2" chip brush and Whisper to basecoat suitcase and outer edge of platter. Repeat for desired intensity. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    2. Use 2" chip brush to paint center of platter with Relic. Let dry completely.
    3. Line up stencil inside platter. Dip stencil brush in Whisper and dab off any excess before stenciling. Lightly dab all over the stencil. Repeat as needed to cover entire inside of platter. Clean the brush and stencil. Let dry completely.
    4. Use waxing brush to add thin coat of Clear Crème Wax to the entire suitcase and entire platter. Rinse brush.
    5. Use waxing brush to add thin coat of Deep Brown Crème Wax to edge of platter. Immediately wipe back with cotton rag. Rinse brush.
    6. Use scissors to cut burlap ribbon and lace to fit around entire suitcase.
    7. Use hot glue gun to attach burlap ribbon to suitcase. Center and glue lace on top of burlap.
    8. Glue platter to front of suitcase in center.
    9. Use the rest of the burlap ribbon to wrap around tip of a wooden dowel to make flowers. Wrap burlap, twisting into petal shapes, and adhere each petal with hot glue. When finished, cut off at the edge and glue to side, pulling flower off dowel and gluing to the top and side of the suitcase. Repeat with as many flowers as desired.