Upcycled Vintage Suitcases

Upcycled suitcases

A little while ago I shared a picture of my upcycled watermelon vintage suitcase as part of Allison Sadler’s #makeitsewcial project over on Instagram, and I was delighted to be chosen as Allison’s maker of the week.


The suitcase was actually part of a set of three we bought from a junkyard just off Brick Lane when we lived in London. They are all Air India cases used by cabin crew once upon a time so they must be well travelled! Since I finished painting the watermelon case, I have been gradually working on decorating the full set with food inspired patterns.

I painted the first two cases in pastel shades to co-ordinate with our bedroom where they are used to store bits and pieces. The watermelon is still my absolute favourite and was the most fun to paint. I’m pleased with how the strawberries turned out but it took a lot longer as the pattern is so much more intricate.

Strawberry suitcase

Watermelon suitcase

I painted the third suitcase with a hotdog print as my husband uses it to store his ties and bow ties and I wanted something fun but a bit less girly. Here he is modelling it with his awesome hotdog socks. I’m lucky that he is very obliging and let me take this photo!

Hotdog suitcase

And I am always a fan of matching his and hers…


To paint the cases, I sketched out a rough pattern first (although the strawberry pattern is of course Cath Kidston inspired) and then freehand painted on to the case using my sketch as a guide. I painted all of the cases with acrylic craft paint and then used Mod Podge as a sealant and so far they are holding up well!

Lucy x


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