DIY Sheet Music covered Suitcase
This was a post that my friend Gina, from The Shabby Creek Cottage, wrote awhile back. It’s been stuck back in the archives for awhile and it’s such a lovely project, that I’ve dusted it off and enlarged the photos so that you can see it better now! I just adore Upcycled projects… there’s something so satisfying about transforming a thing that has potential, into a thing that’s beautiful and useful. I love how Gina transformed this old tattered and torn suitcase into this beautiful Parisian Home Décor Accent piece, just with a few pieces of old Sheet Music, a Vintage Paris print, and some Glue! This is a very simple Decoupage, or Mod Podge, project that anyone can do. What’s really great about these old Vintage Suitcases, is that they make great storage pieces too. Can’t you just picture this piece on top of an old French Armoire… or Dresser, or stacked in a corner with a few others? You could store anything that you like in it … from out of season clothing, to your favorite Craft Magazines, or maybe your Quilting or Knitting supplies! So it’s as practical as it is pretty. Now, I’ll just go ahead and let Gina take it from here so that she can walk you step by step through the full Tutorial…
Ever luck up upon a great deal – but it’s just not completely your style? Happens to me all the time! I found this suitcase at an antiques shop, at a steal for only $15. Only problem? A rough looking exterior of some scuffed up roses. But I knew that the sweet little suitcase could be a beauty with just a little imagination! Living south of Nashville, I know that everybody LOVES music related stuff. Sheet music is the key to selling anything in my neck of the woods. So that’s what this pretty little case needed.
I started with the Suitcase and some sheet music (I found mine at a local thrift shop for only 10 cents!!! – but you can always print off your own with the Printable Sheet Music Graphic found HERE or HERE.) You will also need:
Sheet Music Decoupage Supplies
Step 1: Let’s get started! First I trimmed up the flaky parts of the previous paper job with my exacto knife. I used it to lift up the bits that were peeling up, and cut around the edges cleanly.
Step 3: I used the Brayer to get the pages as smooth as possible, although the rough paper underneath did leave a little texture (and it looks pretty fab!)
Step 4: I love using the Antique Mod Podge, because it gives it an aged appearance. The more coats you use, the better it looks!
Step 5: Around the corners, I used my nail as a guide to put a crease in the paper to get the curves just right.
Step 6: Then I trimmed it out and glued it down, using the Mod Podge on top as a sealer.