April 8, 2011

Making a Polka Dot Suitcase

I love Polka Dots, so why not a polka dot suitcase?

Melissa at the Vintage Attic was my total inspiration.  I saw her post about polka dot transformations and had to give it a try.

She took these thrift store finds 

To these works of art

Aren't these fabulous!!!

I taped the handle to my suitcase

(OOps I started painting, then I remembered to take a picture)

Sprayed it with primer and then Heirloom white

Then I grabbed Melissa's secret tools

And polka dotted away!

I coated it with Minwax wipe on poly acrylic
And put it in my booth at Orange Tree

Melissa you rock!  

So, what else could I polka dot?
I would love to hear your ideas



Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

OMGoodness, Carol! These are too cute!!!!! LOVE them!

Ricki Jill

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

These are so cute...bet you could do wonders on a trash can!!!

Susan said...

This is just precious

La said...

Is there anything more cheerful than polka dots? I think not.

A Vintage Green said...

Love the photos - they look so vintage fresh. Thanks for telling 'how to'.

laxsupermom said...

Those are so fun! Love polka dots. Thanks for sharing.

Marydon said...

I see trouble on the horizon ... I may have to test my hand at som epink ones here & there ... sooooo love these.

Have a beautiful weekend.

FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

sissie said...

Well Carol, you are the polka dot cottage Queen and there should be lots of polka dots in your life! LOL!

Why don't you polka dot the white table, that is if it hasn't sold!


Gina said...

That is too darn cute! I love it!

The Vintage Attic said...

Crol your suitecase turned out great..love the colors you have chosen. That suitecase will be long gone from your booth. Thanks for sharing my blog. I know your going to take the polka dots to the next level can't wait to see what else turns up polka dotted.


Stampin' D'Amour said...


Thanks for the inspiration! I LOVE polka-dots too! I have 2 brown suitcases (no one ever wants the brown ones) and I had been thinking about painting them...and now I will for sure! :)


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Too cool for words Carol! Love it, you need to sign it at the bottom:)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Every since the movie Pretty Woman, when she wore that polka dotted dress to the polo match, I have loved them. I actually had that dress. I once found an orange polka dot old tin pail. It was so Frenchy and sold on ebay right away at a great price too. LOVE your red polka dot suitcase Carol. xoxo

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, love the polka dots, so appropriate for you! Keep those ideas coming.

Anonymous said...

Love, love this idea. I can not wait to try it.
You have inspired me. I will take pictures and let you know how it comes out.
Thanks for sharing.


Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love these old train cases, have a couple hanging around just waiting. Thanks for the inspiration and the polka dots are perfect. How is our Mersman doing?? Have a happy weekend...Sue

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Carol, Polka Dots just make you smile don't they!
Haha! Oh! We do not get offended when we say things like that to each other! We are that close! Like I said~ said with LOVE!
( :
Have a pretty day!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Now that is just toooo dotty cute for words!

Happy PS!

Angelic Accents

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love this! Great tip with those brushes!

Vicki said...

OMG! I love this. Gives me some ideas for storage in my daughter's room.

mississippi artist said...

Love polka dots! Have you ever wondered who came up with the name? Was someone dancing the polka and drawing circles-what?

Elyse said...

you rock, too! fabulous!!!


Shabby Soul said...

I love the colors you picked, too! I have been looking for a suitcase to paint ever since I saw Vintage Attics!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, Love the suitcase! I saw the cutest dresser covered in polka dots at an antique mall. I am thinking of doing one for my grandchildren's room.

Roselle said...

That is adorable!
Polka Dot:
small bookcases
small end tables (for a child's room)
baby girl rocking chair
step stools
wooden high chairs
I think a lot of vintage children's goodies.
For the summer...buckets, enamelware (to hold bottles and cans), oh and that WHITE TABLE you can't sell!

Farica said...

Hi, Carol! I'm so very glad I found you! I just love your blog!!! And to think....I wouldn't have found you without Debbie Doo's!!!! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog, and I'm following you, too, now. Wish I lived closer, I'd be a regular at your store!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a great transformation. It turned out so adorable.

Char said...

Why do I have the feeling polka dots will be on everything you pass?? Love that, Char

Sandy said...

Love, Love, Love, your polka dot suitcases...they are so beautiful just painted, but your polka dots just put them over the top. Great blog. Keep the ideas rolling!

The Hydrangea Cottage said...

Love, Love, Love, them. your suitcases are so cute. Just painted they are gorgeous...but with the polka dots...they are over the top. Love your blog. Keep up the inspiration!

Dottimae said...

love this idea- we have a green one with American Girls clothes, my daughter would love a makeover on it.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Candace Stevenson said...

oh my gosh!!! those are cool! I'm inspired now haha

enter my GIVEAWAY ay-sap!♥

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Thanks for sending me this link, Carol! I've tried making dots with those round sponge brushes but they didn't turn out like that. What was your technique?