Well, I am glad to see you guys were as excited over my typewriter as I am! I'm going to have to see if I can't find some reproduction ribbon, or if I can jerry-rig some kind of solution to the inklessness. Then....THEN we'll be cookin' with gas, won't we? :) Today, I have a story of transformation...featuring skulls. You know you want to hear about it!
The estate sales I hit with my dad this weekend were a little lackluster. It may have been that we got a late start, i.e. later than our usual start time of 8 AM. I think I picked him up around 9:30 this time and I'm telling you, that crucial hour and a half made a big difference-- lots of the houses we visited were furnitureless, with a few drab little knickknacks still strewn hopefully around large indention marks where a cherry Queen Anne bedroom suite had been.
|Soon, I'll do a luggage case and have a three piece set for traveling!|
Me to Dad, squinting at the purse: I thought this was black.
Dad [appraisingly]: Nope. That's navy. [looking it over] It's not even dark navy, it's a kind of cobalt color.
Me: IT WAS DARK IN THERE AND I WAS HURRYING. [takes bag back into hand with a spiteful look at its coloring] Who even wears navy any more?!
Well, kiddlings, it was time to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
You remember the case from my Desperately Seeking Susan costume? It's one of my favorite DIY creations, and yet there are less suitable opportunities than you would think for lugging around an egg shaped train case with skulls all over it. Too big for a purse and too small for a suitcase, it's had some service as an overnight bag, but spends most of its time balefully looking down at me from my closet shelf of purses, seeming neglected. Eureka! I would do a similar do-over on this sad, sad blue handbag, and see what the results are. As you can see, I don't think they're too shabby!
All I did was masking-tape out the gold metal fixtures, then spray paint the whole thing black. Once it had dried, I took a metallic silver Sharpie and outlined the figures two or three times over. They look a little more gummy-bear like on this one side than I would like, but the side pictured on the second from the top one turned out really well, I think! The flat, vinyl surface of the purse, plus the cosmetic imperfections and the much hated navy hue, made this a prime candidate for a do-over, and I've actually put this handbag into my weekly carry-on accessories rotation. I haven't noticed much color deterioration yet, but it's only been a couple of days, so we'll see how hardy the materials end up being after a week or two in heavy use. You could do this with tons of stuff, though! I thought cut-up word poems or stencils of frog skeletons or any kind of thing would be neat for future cover-ups, if I find any more suitably distressed materials with which to try such a project.
Now, does that mean I would do this to just any vintage clasp handbag? Does heck go with no? Just to show that my loyalties are still correctly aligned, here are some purses from my collection that I would do absolutely nothing to cosmetically. They're perfect as they are!
|Don't paint us! Plllleeeeeease don't paint us!|
What do you think about my makeover? Was it sacrilege to spray paint a vintage hand bag? You should know I'm usually diametrically opposed to "upcycling" or changing the base state of about any vintage item, but in this case, as the thing was worn out and navy enough to draw a "just sad" rating from Michael Kors, and a "I'm going to save my shopper's dignity and make this into something I can use rather than something that has to go back to Goodwill" from me.
Do you have any vintage handbags like this in your collection? Done anything neat to rehabilitate a way-far-gone vintage piece? Have any neat DIY stories from recent memory? Let's talk!
That's all for today...see you cats right back here tomorrow. Til then!