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Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.

Sometimes you get to do something truly special with a family treasure, and I’m so loving this vintage suitcase table makeover. This suitcase belonged to my great grandma, and it was the suitcase she brought to visit when my mom was born. It’s my mom’s, but the other day I noticed it sitting behind a chair looking a bit lonely, and I just wanted to pull it out.

Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.

She also had this little side table that kind of blended in with everything and wasn’t really contributing much to the overall look of the room. But when we put them together, I knew we had something special.

Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.

Vintage Suitcase Table Makeover Supplies

  • Suitcase
  • Side table
  • Americana Chalky Paint (Primitive and Carbon)
  • Americana Creme Wax
  • Vaseline
  • Drill and screws

Instructions

  1. Paint a light coat of Primitive paint on all the corners and edges of the side table, and let dry.Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.
  2. Smear a little petroleum jelly on any corners or edges you want to be distressed.
  3. Paint two coats of Carbon all over, and let dry.Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.
  4. Sand the corners and edges, and apply the creme wax. Buff when it’s dry.Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.
  5. Screw the suitcase to the top of the side table.

Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.

And with just a little bit of effort and elbow grease (buffing is hard work!), I couldn’t be happier with this family treasure.

Turn a gorgeous vintage suitcase into a show-stopping side table.

It’s truly beautiful, and it showcases this vintage piece in an effortless way.

These photos definitely make me think about Downton Abbey, too. And since today is the season premier (in the US) I’m joining several other bloggers with their Downton Abbey inspired projects. So make sure you check out some of these other fun projects!

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5 Comments on Vintage Suitcase Table Makeover

  1. vidya Sudarsan
    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:05 PM (3 years ago)

    wow! the vintage suitcase table looks amazing! Long time ago, I wrote a post on just bedside trunks. I totally love this idea.

    Reply
    • Lisa
      Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Vidya! I’m totally crushing on this table too. And I love that it has so much family history.

      Reply
  2. clare
    Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM (3 years ago)

    I love what you’ve done it’s so nice to honour and remember our family!
    Coincidently I am working on a vintage suitcase project this weekend too, snap!

    Reply
  3. Michelle James
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM (3 years ago)

    This is awesome! I love Downton Abbey too. My husband and I are regular watchers. I think a Downton Abbey inspired project is too fun. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Lisa
      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM (3 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! Im glad you like it!

      Reply

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