Thursday, June 27, 2013

Train Case Remodel for Our Wonderful Wedding Memories

Hello again... twice in the SAME WEEK! School really did hit a lull. I am still working hard, though, because fall semester will be my last semester. I graduate in December with my MBA!

Enough about school. I went to the Fort Gordon Thrift Store a few weeks ago and found this really beat-up old train case for $1.

Sooo dirty and gross, but I knew it had potential. We have been keeping all of our sweet cards and letters and random pictures and other baubles from our wedding in a shoebox since we got married, and I thought it might be time for something a little more permanent. After all, we will be keeping this stuff forever. The case would never be perfectly beautiful on the outside, but it is nice and sturdy and I knew I could do something to make the inside much more inviting for our wedding memories.

...So first I used almost an entire container of lysol wipes cleaning it out. Then I cut some upholstery fabric that I had laying around. I did not measure anything, other than just to kinda set the fabric on the spot I planned to attach it and try to mark it the best I could with a pencil.

After that, I glued the pieces down with craft glue. I used Craft Goop. I also tried Gorilla Glue... but it soaked through my fabric and ended up all foamy and then did not automatically stick. It was a disaster! Luckily I was able to come back from this (sorry if the pictures are turned in a way that is hard to see).

All of our wedding memories are safe and sound! I love this project because it helped me to use some of the (ridiculous amounts) of fabric I have in my fabric stash. I did this project with things I had around the house, and my $1 train case! I hope you like it!


  1. We have a box just like that but I use it in my car to put extra oil an other car things in it. :)
    Maybe I should pull it out and do something else with it.

  2. Oh! I think using it as a case for things you don't want rolling around in your car is a great use for it! :)

  3. This is extremely after the fact, but if you still feel that the outside of the case is rather lackluster you might consider painting it if you have a hand with a brush at all. I have a family friend who loves setting paint to all kinds of repurposed items, including old travel cases, teapots, cabinet doors, shutters...really, anything! This is her site if you're interested in looking in to it!