Repurposed Vintage Suitcase into Doll Storage
Growing up, my mom would store our dolls in one of her old hard shell suitcases. I thought it was a cool way to store them then, and I still think it’s cool way to store them. In fact, I’ve been using a suitcase to store my kiddos’ dolls for a while, but their suitcase could use a little makeover.
So I thought when I first started using this case for my daughters, that it would be neat to cover it with stickers, and keep adding to it until it was all covered. Well the stickers wouldn’t stick without glue, and they became something that my kiddos wanted to peel off to put on their shirt…lesson learned. Oh and I may have dripped a little paint on the suitcase at some point…Oops!!
My favorite part about the inside are those cool pockets, so that was something I wanted to attempt when refinishing the inside of the suitcase.
I ripped everything out of the inside of the suitcase.
I started mod podging my fabric to the inside of the suitcase and realized it wasn’t going too work. My fabric was too thin to just cover the inside, so I went to Pinterest to check out what others had done with recovering the inside of one of these suitcases. I came across this great idea from Ivy & Co. to first cover it with batting or fabric to give it some padding before tacking your top layer of fabric in. Then I remembered my mom does that when she covers boxes and cans…should have just called mom. 😉 I ended up just hot gluing some leftover fabric to the inside for padding.
I painted and stenciled the outside of the suitcase to match the rest of the girls’ furniture.
Here’s my good but not great recovering of the inside. I used some curtain panels to give the inside a new look. Again, I just hot glued the fabric to the suitcase.
I even hot glued some pockets to hold things like doll clothes and accessories.
The suitcase has found a home under the bench.
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