A Second Tour for a Classic American Tourister
I just returned from another awesome thrift store adventure. I love vintage suitcases and discovering how people have turned them into really interesting things. I found this American Tourister Tri-Taper train case at a thrift store for $3.13. I loved the blue exterior, but the interior needed a suitcase makeover.
Ok, so the inside of the suitcase was a little scary. Maybe a lot scary, but stay with me here. I had a vision. I wanted to turn the durable and somewhat scary vintage case into my craft case. I thought it would be a perfect tool to help keep me organized and allow me to work in different parts of the house… and yard.
My first step was to completely gut the inside. The glue that held the upholstery was completely rotten. This was a pretty gross task and I wore a mask and gloves and scrapped it off. It took a while to get all of the glue and 50 years of gunk off.
My next step was to seal and paint the inside with layers of plum spray-paint. I was careful and taped off the metal latches and trim.
With a hot glue gun I attached black elastic to the sides and top of the inside of the case. I attached the elastic in various locations around the case. The purpose of this was to ensure that I could fit different sized items onside the elastic.
I used pretty washi tape to mark the areas where the elastic is attached to the makeup case. This also helped me determine where I should place my go to craft items.
I have organized space for pens, scissors, tripod, notebooks, photo jojo’s, glue, sun glasses. I also have room at the top to slide craft items into. I found this vintage advertisement for the makeup case. I already love this case. A bonus is that my children cannot figure out how to open it.
I did a little research and found this advertisement for the vintage case. I love the design and slogan “be guided by the stars!’. One thing I can say about the American Tourister train case is that it is durable. I seriously doubt that a suitcase that I have in my closet will be still usable 50 years from now.
Here is one last at the transformation this suitcase has undergone.
I hope you enjoyed the suitcase makeover as much as I did.
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