Shabby Chic Train Cases

9-train caseShabby Chic Train Cases

1-train caseRestyle a vintage train case into a shabby chic case for organizing your vanity or corralling your photos and journals. This romantic container could also be used to display small vintage collectibles.

*This is a project I had originally published on FaveCrafts.

Things You Will Need:

Train case (overnight bag)
Craft knife
Rags
Light-colored, flat latex paint
Paintbrush
Sandpaper
Book pages
Ruler
Decoupage medium
Sponge brush
Measuring tape
3 1/2-inch wide lace
Scissors
Satin ribbon scrap
Key
Craft glue
Small flowers

2-train caseRemove the lining from the inside of your train case. The lining is glued in, so in most cases simply prying up an edge with a knife will allow you to grasp it and pull it out. If you encounter stubborn areas, cut it loose with a craft knife. Discard the lining.

Close the case. Use a wet rag on the outside of the case to remove dust and dirt.

3-train casePaint all sides of the case, including the hinges and latches, using a light-colored, flat latex paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats if necessary. Since old cases tend to soak up a lot of paint, I like to use wall paint left over from previous home improvement projects. It’s a great way to use up that little bit left in the can and it prevents the added cost of purchasing a large quantity of craft paint.

Undo the latches on the case and lightly paint over the areas that didn’t get painted when the latches were closed.

Lightly sand the surface and the edges of the case. Lightly sand over the metal of the latches and hinges. Wipe away the sanding dust using a dry rag.

Insert the blade of a craft knife in the gap between the lid and the case bottom. Allowing the gap to guide you, cut through the dry paint that is gluing the lid closed. After you have cut all the way around the case you will be able to pull open the lid.

Rip old book pages into 2 to 3-inch pieces. I used ripped book pages left over from other projects. They came from a variety of old books. Even though they didn’t match, the contrast of different book pages added interest to the project.

4-train caseWorking in one small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to the inside of the train case using a sponge brush. Place a book page piece over the medium. Smooth out the wrinkles and seal with a layer of medium over the paper. Repeat with additional book page pieces, overlapping their edges, until the inside of the case and lid has been completely covered. Allow the decoupage medium to dry.

5-train caseUsing a measuring tape, measure around the horizontal circumference of the case and add 24 inches. Using this measurement, cut a length of 3 1/2-inch wide lace. Wrap the lace around the case and tie the ends in a bow on the front.

7-train caseCut a 10-inch scrap of satin ribbon that coordinates with your paint color. Thread a key on the ribbon and tie the ribbon around the handle of the case. Using craft glue, attach a small flower to the key. Arrange and glue additional flowers to the lace bow.

8-train caseEnjoy!

Not Lucky…Blessed

6-DSCF4176Not Lucky…Blessed

I came across several different versions of this on Pinterest and just had to make my own.

I had a few horseshoes laying around and my brother just replaced his fence. He gifted me with the old wood. Score!

2-DSCF4162After making stencils with my Cricut I was ready to rock and roll.

3-DSCF4163Quick and simple! I love these kind of projects.

7-DSCF4180After a little stenciling, I attached the shoes with E6000. To secure them really well, I drilled holes through the nail holes in the shoes and used wire to hold them in place.

5-DSCF4174A couple of sawtooth hangers on the back and these gems were done.

Enjoy!

Mini Crocheted Teddy Bear-The Tutorial

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Mini Crochet Teddy Bear-Tutorial

A lot of you have messaged, commented and emailed me asking for the mini crocheted teddy bear tutorial.

Woo Hoo! It has been published. You can find it here.

If you do not want to make your own, I do have them for sale in my Etsy shop.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic “LOVE” Sign

Shabby Chic "LOVE" SignShabby Chic “LOVE” Sign

Another window of opportunity. The temperature today was in the 50s and it was sunny. Tomorrow’s weather takes a header again, so I took advantage of today’s reprieve.

4-DSCF2874A new sign was just busting to come to life. I started by making a stencil with my Cricut. If you don’t have a Cricut or die cutting machine, printing enlarged letters from your computer will also work. Just choose a font and go for it. Use a craft knife to remove an “L”, “V”, and “E” from the paper. Btw, I use card stock for my stencils. It will last for several projects. I also cut a heart shape for the “O”.

1-DSCF2867I taped the letter stencils together and measured the size needed for the sign base. Back out to the wood pile I went for a couple of boards.

2-DSCF2869After cutting two boards to the length needed, I attached braces to the back to hold it all together.

3-DSCF2872I dry-brushed the front and side edges with a tan paint.

5-DSCF2875The letters were stenciled on with white paint.

6-DSCF2880I lightly traced the heart shape using a pencil. I know it’s kinda hard to see that in the pic, but trust me, it’s there.

Now, I will admit I made the coiled, fabric flowers a couple of days ago when it was cold. They are an easy, watching-tv, project.

7-DSCF2900I arranged the flowers inside the traced heart shape until I had complete coverage, then one by one I applied glue to the backs. I love hot glue, but just to be sure the flowers don’t come off later, I used a combination of craft glue and hot glue to attach.

Sawtooth hangers were added to the back, at the top of each brace.

Enjoy!

Vintage Hankie Chicks

6-DSCF2810Vintage Hankie Chicks

I’ve got spring fever. Yep, I said it. I also knocked on wood just now in hopes that I don’t jinx it. We have had a few days of mild weather and I am excited. I shouldn’t be…it seems like a good portion of the country is bracing for a doozy of a winter storm. We’re bound to get some kind of trickle down from that. :(

8-DSCF2818Rather than dwell on what could happen, I am enjoying what we have now. I dug out my vintage hankie collection to make spring chicks. I think they will look cute for Easter and decorated spring vignettes.

2-DSCF2699I have lots of hankies to choose from. They’ve come from grandmas, aunts, yard sales, auctions and thrift stores. I pretty much collect them from every possible place they may be available.

01-DSCF2642I think the colors and designs are more interesting and unique than fabric by the yard, not to mention the memories or conversations they will evoke.

02-DSCF2644I was able to get three chicks from one hankie. I could have gotten more, but I focused my cut pieces on the best design areas on the hankies.

03-DSCF2650I used one pink hankie for the combs on all of my chicks, and I used a scrap of yellow fabric for the beaks.

7-DSCF2814The eyes were beads from old broken jewelry.

Enjoy!