Last summer, I found these great vintage suitcases at a garage sale for only $.50 a piece. I was ecstatic because I had been forever wanting to make a suitcase end table for my living room. The idea stemmed from a Before & After feature on Design Sponge. I completely fell in love with it, but wanted to make it my own by adding some color.
The one color I had been itching to find a place for in our living room was a certain very warm and rich blue. Instead of painting the suitcases, I decided to cover them in a fabric of this color. After a long search through stores both online and off, I finally came across just what I was looking for. Of all places, I found my fabric at Joann Fabrics!
Well, you've seen the before, now here is the after:
I'm pretty excited about the final look. One of the best parts, I only spent $20.
Here's what you'll need to tackle this project:
- 4 wooden screw-in table legs
- 4 metal plates
- Material to cover suitcase(s)
- Mod Podge
- Brush or sponge to paint on Mod Podge (sorry, not in picture)
- Screw driver (sorry again, not in picture)
- Scissors (or even better a razor blade)
Step 1: Lay material over top of suitcase and Mod Podge small sections at a time, letting each section dry before gluing the next section. Don't start cutting yet! After you have covered the entire top section of the suitcase and it has completely dried, use scissors to carefully cut along the edge of the excess material. If your glue is not completely dry, the material will just pull. A razor blade would be more efficient but be careful not to cut into the suitcase.
Step 2: Cover the sides of your suitcase using the same method. Be careful of the handles and locks. They can be tricky. Don't strive for too much perfection, though!
Step 3: Attach metal plates to all four corners of the base of the suitcase.
As you can see, I used angled plates. They also come in flat. It took a little hunting for me to find these guys in the hardware store. They are in the lumber section with all of the table legs. Convenient since Step 4 is...
Paint your table legs. That is, IF you want to paint them. They are just raw wood when you buy them and can be used that way. I spray painted mine black.
Step 5: Screw the table legs into the brackets. Mine actually punched through the suitcase a little bit as well. Didn't feel bad since I had just finished screwing 16 holes into the suitcase.
And there you have it. A brand new, completely one-of-a-kind end table.
And Henry says is makes a great little perch, too.
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