I am always looking for new and creative ways to turn old junk into something unique. I like to frequent thrift shops and flea markets looking for items to give new life to. I like to purchase old train/makeup cases, mostly made by the Samsonite Company. They are usually very inexpensive to purchase sometimes as low as just a couple of dollars. I always try to purchase ones that are in good condition and working order with no rust or indention to the outside case. They usually have a hard outer shell and the inside will have a zipper pocket and in some instances a tray that fits on the top. These boxes are great for storing loose items and miscellaneous things that you don't have storage for. I love the classic and vintage look that they have and enjoy transforming them into artwork.
I began with the above case that I purchased for $5 at an area flea market. It has working locks but unfortunately did not come with the keys. I took the entire box apart so that the top and bottom were separated. I spent some time on the computer gathering pictures off the internet that I liked and printed them onto regular copy paper. All the pictures were printed in wallet size so that I could fit a variety of pictures on the case. I spent what seemed like forever cutting and sorting the pictures afterward. I also purchased a fleece zebra print material that I will use to line the inside of the case with. After lining the inside of the case I began strategically gluing pictures to the case. Once the entire case was covered I applied a few layers of decoupage and once that dried I then applied about 3 coats of spray on acrylic sealer. It is best to allow the sealer to cure on the case for at least 7 days at room temperature. Once the sealer has cured the pictures are safe from harm and the case is 100% usable. Below is the finished product. I was asked by a friend to transform this case for her as a present and this is the result.