Monday, 6 June 2016

How to create unique storage that everyone will admire

What you will need: 

Vintage suitcase (or similar)  

This month, we were featured in the fantastic Reloved magazine. If you haven't come across this publication, it is the go to magazine for the latest up-cycling inspiration. Since it went on sale, we have had so many enquiries about out gorgeous dragonfly and rosebuds up-cycled suitcase, we have put together this step-by-step how to for you to follow. 

1. As with our Vintage Rose and Oriental Blossom cases, begin by painting the whole case (inc. the metal details and handle) in DecoArt Chalky Finish paint (this time in Vintage)

2. Next, use a brush and apply DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Iced Espresso to the details (corners, locks handles etc) The reason for this is to give the wax something to adhere to. Leave the wax to dry completely. Once it is dry, buff with a dry, lint free cloth to give you the fantastic metallic look.

3. Next, copy your chosen designs using a Laserjet printer. Laser printed images do give the best results.  It is possible to use an ink jet printer but the ink may smudge as you seal the image. When you are ready, follow Carol's instructions on our Series 2 DVD's to help you prepare your surface and transfer the images. The stamps, dragonfly, hotel images as well as the ones we transferred on to the sides are all from our Series 2 Design book and have already been reversed for you.

4.  Once you have transferred the images, paint rosebuds from our Series 2 design around the 'Hotel Royal' transfer. There is no right or wrong way to do this; you can copy the design Carol has painted or paint your own pattern. Again, our add on kits contain DVD & full colour instruction booklet, complete with templates to trace so you can learn, step-by-step how to paint these beautiful rosebuds. 

5. Next, add designs to co-ordinate with the transfers you have added around the sides. On our suitcase, we added more rosebuds on the sides. Where the 'Angels' transfer had been added, Carol added dot roses using DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Plum, Titanium white and Avocado from our Series 2 Starter kit. Next, Carol added angels from our Series 1 Christmas kit using the round brush from the Series 1 Starter kit. Next, butterflies were painted on the top of the case near the handle.

NOTE: the design you create on your suitcase will depend on your own preferences and the kits you own so get creative and have fun, for example, you could add more rosebuds and a different quote if you didn't have the kit or didn't want to invest in both Series.

6. Leave to dry. After a couple of days when the paint has cured, using DecoArt's Round brush, apply a layer of DecoArt Creme wax (we used Clear Creme Wax) to protect it. Leave to dry and buff with a dry, lint free cloth to give it a soft sheen 

All that's left for you to do now is display your case for others to admire. Whether you use it to hold towels in your bathroom or as alternative storage solutions in your living room, it will be admired by all who see it. Why not find suitcases of different sizes and stack them to create a feature in your home? 

How would you paint yours? What would you use it for? We'd love to hear your ideas. 

Happy Folking, 

The You Can Folk It team x 

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