Several months ago our local thrift store was having a luggage sale. I personally prefer 'hardsider' suitcases, as they aren't easily crushed, torn or broken, so I jumped at the chance to acquire one for under five dollars.
The problem is, I've never seen a plastic suitcase that wasn't in some drab, sad color. (Quite literally my choices were; rain-cloud blue, beige, slightly darker beige, faded brown and 'greige' (a color I can only describe as being exactly between green and beige.)
Luckily, Krylon makes a spraypaint designed to cover plastic, and I will walk you through the steps to jazz up that scuffed, otherwise throw away suitcase!
This would be just the thing to take on your summer vacation, or to pack your kids off to camp with their own, custom luggage (for under ten dollars!)
Some judiciously applied painter's tape could lead to stripes, plaid-- you're really only limited by your imagination.
You Will Need:
Krylon Fusion for Plastic (in color of your choice)
Old, cheap plastic suitcase
Step 1: Remove old tabs, straps, etc.
The suitcase had straps and clips to hold in folded clothes.
I cut the straps out, but saved the clips so I could re-use them.
(I replaced the straps with some heavy ribbon after I was through painting. Remember: every suitcase will be different, so your mileage may vary. Bits of elastic or even rope might be a good choice, depending on your application.)