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Vintage Train Case Makeover

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Do you have a list of thrift store items that you’re always on the lookout for? I do and a vintage train case or makeup case has been on that list for a long time! Today our Thrift Store Team is sharing ideas for DIY makeovers on several affordable items that we found while out shopping at our favorite affordable places. Guess what my makeover is??

Before of the train/makeup case:

Train Case makeover before

I love the old mirror, all I did was clean it! I decided to spray paint the outside with white paint and add my favorite color of blue on the inside. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving every shade of blue ๐Ÿ™‚ 

thrift store train case diy - create this look in less than an hour

After adding the stripes, I grabbed my sand paper and distressed all the areas that I thought would look like it had worn naturally. I love the shabby white look.

shabby painted train case - Vintage Train Case Makeover

Yield: Vintage Train Case

Vintage Train Case Makeover

thrift store train case diy

Quick and easy makeover. Refresh and repurpose a thrift store find like this vintage train case or makeup case. I have added affiliate links for products or similar products used.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15



  1. Clean your makeup/train case, if needed.
  2. Spray paint the outside of the case, 2-3 coats. Follow directions on the can.
  3. Using the Waverly Lagoon paint the inside, 2 coats.
  4. Tape area for stripes on the outside of the case (optional).
  5. Paint the striped area with the Waverly Mineral chalk paint.
  6. Lightly sand outside to distress, wipe away any dust. (After the paint has dried.)
  7. Measure and cut shelf liner to fit the inside of the train case.
white train case - easy spray paint project - Vintage Train Case Makeover

DIY train case makeover - great fresh look

What would you put in your case? I think a plant would look great sitting in here.

train case makeover with paint - repurposed and refreshed

I love the fresh new look and that pop of the blue lagoon inside.

Vintage Suit case storage - Vintage Train Case Makeover

Just think of all the things that you could organize and store in this old makeup case. I’ve thought about putting it in my kitchen to catch all the mail and flyers that come in every day.
Vintage train case makeover - create a fresh look for an old thrift store find

Be sure to check out all the these great thrift store makeovers, just click on each one to see them:

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Wine Barrel Makeover

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    7 thoughts on “Vintage Train Case Makeover”

    1. The suitcase turned out so cute! Love the stripes on the sides and the inside is adorable! That shelf liner is perfect! I painted my grandparents suitcase years ago, the inside was still in such perfect condition I kept it as is and I store all our misc, wires and electronics in it ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Shelf liner?! Brilliant! I always knew you were a smart cookie! I’m not sure I would have ever thought to use that!

      Your train case makeover turned out so cute Debbie.

      Of course I’m pinning it!


    3. What a terrific makeover! And useful too. I think I would use it in the living room to hold magazines and books. Maybe even the 4,900 remote controls floating around here!


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