A Beach Cottage Year in Review II – White Vintage Suitcases
Mon 4th, Jan, 2010
Early in the days of decorating the Beach Cottage I made a ‘side table’ out of a couple of old vintage suitcases, it proved to be a very popular topic on this blog and those old white enveloped beauties found themselves featured at many a blog, received a Flickr Explore award, are featured at Houzz and made it to Press (you can see a nice big professional photo of the whole room, here)
They stacked up beautifyully beside the bed and are a fabulous oh-so-budget side-table solution, with an old vintage door tucked behind them and a rickety beachy directors chair, covered in putty linen sitting alongside… (the bedroom post, which I hesitate to inform you is about to get a new look tho’ I haven’t told Mr BC that yet lol! is here)
I have lots of enquiries about the suitcases, funny really, because these few photos are the only times I’ve blogged about them, so I thought I’d finally run through how I did it
clean (rag, soap & water)
disinfect (I always use Dettol)
prime first (I like Zinsser)
cover all hinges, fittings, hardware with primer and paint
paint with either emulsion if you like a very matt look (but this will mark)
or oil based enamel
I like Dulux White on White (or if you like more creamy Whisper White)
or if you can’t get that Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
it really is as simple and cheap as that!
If you want more information there is a (step-by-step video on how I paint and makeover old stuff here, oh and there’ll be a lot more painted things on this blog in the next few months, I have my white paint smothering urge building up and coming on baby!
here’s to re-cycling lovely old vintage things in 2010!