Monday, February 24, 2014

Snow Snow, Go Away Transformations

I've been creating like mad while being cooped up from the snow. The good thing about it is that I am getting projects done that have been high on my list. For example, I had been pondering what to do with this vintage Samsonite train case that was purchased last fall. While attending the Sweethearts on the Homefront art retreat in October, I learned that some of the attendees brought decorated pieces like this in which they carried their tools and embellishments. I had to have one too, of course! I like the simplicity of this one. But how was I going to alter it?

found it here

I finally decided to paint it with the Mason Blanche Vanille paint color that has been used on other projects of late. Then I decided to add these lovely ladies to the top and embellished them with pearls and rhinestones. Trim was glued around the outer perimeter of the top of the case.

Later lace was glued on too and the train case is protected with ModPodge all over the outside.

The next step was to finish the inside starting with ripping out the lining. My thought was to glue a quilted cream color fabric inside so a pattern was made I and did so. After it was done, I couldn't close the train case because the fabric was in the way. So I ripped it out. I could have tried it again and made it work but I wondered if painting it would be better.

I like it! It reminds me of restaurants that have their ceiling pipes exposed. As long as they are all painted the same color, it looks great!

Now I'm all ready for my next art retreat!

 I'm also happy to have completed the painting of two globes also purchased last fall.

found one here

Again, the Vanille paint. One of the reasons I like this paint is because a decision didn't have to be made related to the color to use. There is only one cream in the collection of Maison Blanche paint. This globe has the texture of continents and mountains which I like. The globes are actually fun to paint because they turn as you paint them, making it quick and easy to do. For now, one is in the foyer with my little doggie...

 and the other is in the study.

And finally, look what else I just completed! I painted my first piece of furniture with chalk paint! Ashleigh has painted before, but this is the first piece I did all by myself! This is going in my creative space. It's so nice to bring new life to old pieces that have been sitting in the basement storage.

I'm glad to have completed these projects. So I guess the snow hasn't been so bad after all. For those of you who have been graced with snow, has it helped you to get things accomplished too?


  1. Patty, I love your cute projects. The globe is so clever!! I have one of those travel cases....thanks for the idea. xoxo,Susie

  2. ello from Spain: I read that in your city there is too much snow. I really like your work. Great box .. keep in touch

  3. oh Patty! I love how the train case turned out! That reminds me that I have my Mom's old one that has all her jewelry stashed in it. When it gets unpacked, I will make me one too!! Love the globes and dresser too! YOU have been busy!! <3

  4. That box looks fabulous Patty! you are sooo creative! The globes turned out pretty well too!

  5. Lovely job on the train case! It looks so completely different! I have been reading a lot during these cold days of winter.

  6. oh my gosh, these are beautiful ... i absolutely love the look of the globes ... i think i need to hit the thrift stores in search of some ... right after the snow lets up!!!

  7. You did a great job on the overnight case. I know I've told you this already but I have the exact same case that I've had since I was a girl. I got excited showing this post to my hubby. I wouldn't change mine but if I found one at a thrift store it would be fun to give it a new look. I'll try to take a photo of mine tomorrow! lol Hugs!

  8. You have been a very busy beaver! I absolutely love the train case. It is so adorable! What a great idea for the globes and the chest turned out nice!

  9. Wow, you are getting a lot done! I'd better get my butt in gear because spring will mean gardening and the projects will have to go on hold then.

  10. Patty, I love what you did with the train case! It turned out really pretty! I also love your painted furniture as that is one of my hobbies.

    See you soon!

  11. Hello from Ireland.
    That is some transformation of the travel case! You have really invigorated it now.

    I've done some cute upcyling projects myself which I'd be honoured if you would check out (and follow my blog).
    My blog is:

    Happy Sunday!

  12. Great snow day projects! What a fun case to tote your art supplies. And I love the idea of repainting globes; I found some fun related pins on Pinterest that makes me want to seek out some globes from thrift shops.


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