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Old Suitcase Becomes a Side Table

Tutorial team challenge : Up-cycling Shenanigans!

I got it done too late... But I am still sharing it with you! :)

Ok, I must admit, I had no idea that shenanigan was a word! Google translate being my friend, here I am, shenaniganing just for you fellows Hometalkers!

Everyone, except me, plays an instrument at home... But I sing! Kinda...  I bought a cajon maybe 2 years ago, I love its sound: very deep, tribal, and you can play it even if you know nothing about music!

All this to say, the Cajon now serves as a side table in our living room and it kind of upsets me.

I bought this old suitcase maybe 2 months ago. I know I am far from being the first one to use an old suitcase for this purpose, but I HAD to have mine and I really needed a side table... So here I go : up-cycling an old suitcase into a side table with storage.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $45 Difficulty: Medium
I spray painted the middle part of the suitcase with antique bronze (I did several projects with this color for my living room : you'll find links below if you wish to see more). I also painted the edges of the interior. I had to rush because we just had our first snow and I was spray painting outside!!
After I carefully protected the bronze part with 3M blue tape, I spray painted the suitcase in white with Rustolem 2x ultra cover. It contains a primer and it bonds to plastic. I only did 1 coat because I'll be covering it with decorative paper and I didn't want the blue to show through the paper.
I cut the decorative paper to the same measurements as the top of the suitcase. I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge on the suitcase, then placed the paper and applied another Mod Podge coat on top of the paper.

With my fingers, I smoothed the paper so that it adheres well to the surface. Where bubbles were formed, I used a knife to pierce the paper in order to correct.
The day after, once the Mod Podge had dried, I carefully cut the excess paper with a knife, leaving a perfect finish.
I hot glued a burlap ribbon between the paper and the bronze parts.
Now working on the stand.

I cut 2x2 to the desired length and width for the stand. After assembling, I spray painted them with bronze paint.
Once the paint was dried, I sanded everything with 120 grit. With a dry brush, I applied black acrylic paint and finally, I glazed it.
When everything was done, I simply screwed the suitcase on its legs. There it is : my very own version of an up-cycled suitcuise as a side table!

An extra concealed storing space in the living room!

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  • Wendy
    3 days ago

    What a beautiful creation, you take no project lightly!

    • Clock
      Clock Canada
      3 days ago

      Thank you Wendy! Hubby sometimes thinks I should take them more lightly! Loll He keeps saying : personally, I'd leave it like this... NO!!! Lolll

  • Mary
    Mary Maple Park, IL
    3 days ago

    That is so cool! Love it!

  • Lisa Cain
    Lisa Cain Willowbrook, IL
    3 days ago

    Oh beautiful is that! Nice job.

  • Lenora Lynn Creek Moore
    Lenora Lynn Creek Moore Gillette, WY
    3 days ago

    Perfect !

  • Jill Smith
    Jill Smith New York, NY
    3 days ago

    I would NEVER have thought to do this with an old suitcase!

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