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DIY Vintage Suitcase Table

January 3, 2012
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DIY Suitcase Table

One fact about my mom: she is a hardcore Pinterest pinner. She is also really good at choosing/making gifts for Christmas. (I mean really good.) Last year my mom picked up on my love for stacking suitcases and painted some suitcases white for me. This year, inspired by Pinterest of course, my mom and dad made me this amazing table from an old suitcase.

DIY Suitcase Table

My dad made the legs and base and my mom painted and redid the inside of the suitcase. My parents are pretty crafty folks. 🙂

DIY Suitcase Table

To redo the inside, my mom used upholstery fabric, cut it to size, and then used some hot glue. All of the suitcases I bought for myself have the original (sometimes iffy) lining inside them. The ones from my mom are all pretty and nice-smelling. 🙂

DIY Suitcase Table

DIY Suitcase Table

The little train case was also a Christmas gift from my boyfriend, Sean, last year. The little fox on top is a little wool critter I bought at a fiber arts festival in Greencastle, IN.

DIY Suitcase Table

😉

DIY Suitcase Table

A little rabbit dish where I keep little knickknacks and my rainbow Polaroid Land Camera.

DIY Suitcase Table

Right now I am keeping some of the little bows from my tutorial and hair flowers.

Globe

A vintage globe I’ve had since I was a kid.

I am really running out of room in my bedroom with all of the furniture I’ve been working on this year. From reupholstered chairs, to refinished furniture and all the other homey odds and ends I’ve collected, I really need a house/apartment to furnish. 🙂 The whole post-graduate-living-at-home-paying-off-student-loan thing is great for delicious food, company, and craft supplies… but it really stinks for space. Usually I take over my little sister’s room and make it into my Etsy store/photo studio/annex, but she gets really grumpy if I leave anything in there when she comes home.

But where am I supposed to put things to make room for awesome things like suitcase tables? 🙂

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  • CopiousGypsy January 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Very cool! From checking out your links, I'd say that “making awesome things” gene passed on to you.

  • CopiousGypsy January 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Very cool! From checking out your links, I'd say that "making awesome things" gene passed on to you.

  • The Girl World January 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I agree! This is such a cool post and gift idea! love it!
    following you now 🙂 check me out?

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com
    http://www.twitter.com/itsagirlsblog

  • Shug in Boots January 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Ooooh!! I am a sucker for vintage suitcases. Great idea!

  • Shug in Boots January 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Ooooh!! I am a sucker for vintage suitcases. Great idea!

  • Jill January 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This is so fantastic! I would have a hard time not staring at it all day long. I'd get a nightlight so I could stare at it at night too.

  • Jill January 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This is so fantastic! I would have a hard time not staring at it all day long. I'd get a nightlight so I could stare at it at night too.

  • Jill January 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    This is so fantastic! I would have a hard time not staring at it all day long. I'd get a nightlight so I could stare at it at night too.

  • Tricia Hersey January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    your mom and dad rock. i love it.

  • Tricia Hersey January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    your mom and dad rock. i love it.

  • Tricia Hersey January 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

    your mom and dad rock. i love it.

  • SAUVAGES January 4, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Wow, love it.

  • SAUVAGES January 4, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Wow, love it.

  • SAUVAGES January 4, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Wow, love it.

  • Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    love it!! that rocks!

  • Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    love it!! that rocks!

  • Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    love it!! that rocks!

  • Cassie from Mornings On Fire January 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog from a link on Reddit. Love it! Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Cassie from Mornings On Fire January 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog from a link on Reddit. Love it! Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Cassie from Mornings On Fire January 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog from a link on Reddit. Love it! Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Inna January 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Wow, that table is awesome!!

  • Inna January 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Wow, that table is awesome!!

  • Inna January 5, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Wow, that table is awesome!!

  • The Girl World January 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I agree! This is such a cool post and gift idea! love it!
    following you now 🙂 check me out?

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com
    http://www.twitter.com/itsagirlsblog

  • brieaspasia January 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I have an awesome vintage suitcase that I would love to make a table out of! So did they just get the legs at a building supplies store? And how did they attach them to suitcase? Would love to have the details…

  • brieaspasia January 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I have an awesome vintage suitcase that I would love to make a table out of! So did they just get the legs at a building supplies store? And how did they attach them to suitcase? Would love to have the details…

  • brieaspasia January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I have an awesome vintage suitcase that I would love to make a table out of! So did they just get the legs at a building supplies store? And how did they attach them to suitcase? Would love to have the details…

  • adriann January 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Would love some How To's on this one!

  • adriann January 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Would love some How To's on this one!

  • adriann January 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Would love some How To's on this one!

  • Stacie Grissom January 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    No worries! I am working one one. Might be a couple weeks to get it all done with work, but I'll post one in a bit. 🙂

  • Stacie Grissom January 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I just bought another suitcase and some table legs to do a tutorial– I am going to write it up sometime soon, it might take a few weeks with work, but I'll get some directions on here! 🙂

  • Stacie Grissom January 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks Cassie!!

  • visions display February 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love this idea, I will be doing some of these tables for my store displays.

  • visions display February 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love this idea, I will be doing some of these tables for my store displays.

  • visions display February 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love this idea, I will be doing some of these tables for my store displays.

  • Cathy March 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I want to be you…..*sigh*

  • Cathy March 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I want to be you…..*sigh*

  • Cathy March 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I want to be you…..*sigh*

  • Madeth April 26, 2012 at 2:46 am

    What a cool way to recycle old suitcases! You could start your own office furniture NYC store you know.

  • Madeth April 26, 2012 at 2:46 am

    What a cool way to recycle old suitcases! You could start your own office furniture NYC store you know.

  • Madeth April 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    What a cool way to recycle old suitcases! You could start your own office furniture NYC store you know.

  • vmaduzia October 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am in love with your blog!!

  • Christina November 26, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hi! LOVE this! can you tell me the approx dimensions of the suitcase? It looks rather large compared to the ones I am finding 🙂 Thank you!

  • Bridget Refined Vintage June 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I love the color chosen and the turned legs, this is one of the best vintage suitcase tables I have seen. I will be sharing on Facebook.