Vintage Train Case Revamp

PicMonkey Collage4Finally going to post about a couple of things I did a while ago. I’ve had this cute little train case for a while, and the interior wasn’t terrible, but it was worn out, dirty, and smelled like an old lady.

Photo (30)So I decided to rip its guts out! Eep!

The first step is always the hardest, just plunging in, knowing there’s no going back:

Photo (34)Once I got started, it was basically just ripping, ripping, ripping:

Photo (33)And then scraping, to get the last bits of paper out. Then a little vacuuming to get all the dust and paper shreds:

Photo (27)Then was the fun part: picking out the paper. I used scrapbooking paper, but I’d bet that wrapping paper or even wallpaper would be just as good.

I sprayed the backs of the papers with spray adhesive, and pressed them into place.

Photo (26)Then I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on (my first time using Mod Podge! Can you believe it?) each time I put a piece of paper down.

Photo (24)I also used washi tape to secure the edges and some places that were a little squinky to get into. I let it all sit for 24 hours and did another layer of Mod Podge.

Last, I spray painted the plastic shelf (I had first tried to washi tape it, but that just got out of hand).

And voila!

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Photo (31)I used to do face painting, so I’m using the case to store all of my face painting supplies, in case I ever do that again. I might add a little mirror pocket to the lid, like it had before.

One lesson I learned for next time (and I do have another case to redo): Use some sort of cardboard or thick paper panel to go underneath the pretty paper. The inside of the case was pretty lumpy and rough (you can see some of the bumps in the lid), so it would look a lot better if I had padded that before covering it.

Also! I found a gumball machine at Goodwill, which I had to have.

Photo (25)So I bought a stand on Amazon, and ain’t she pretty??

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