Extreme Upcycle: The Suitcase Desk

This is a real, vintage suitcase, a Seapack made for the navy by Hartman. I've made a few suitcase tables with drawers, but I wanted to do something even cooler. I love the look of campaign furniture, so when I found this military case I knew I had what I needed.
The Hemingway Desk
A diamond in the rough.
Pull the suitcase handle and you discover the drawer. The sorter and upper shelf flip-up into the lid so the case can be closed.

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Scott Valentine

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Miflehsaleh
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Looks Great. I would like to try it.Where can I get the instructions for it.
  • Barbara Fredrick
    on Nov 3, 2017

    What pain did you use. Obviously this is not a wooden suitcase, but I love the look. You did an awesome job. Love It!
    • Scott Valentine
      on Nov 7, 2017

      just regular latex paint with some watered down brown paint on it to make it look old.

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  • Andrea
    on Jul 13, 2015

    love love love.....you did an amazing job!

  • Ron6399475
    on Jan 30, 2017

    I love this idea. I am starting up a photobooth business and i was looking for a cleaver way to display my props. I think a couple tables like that is just what i need to complete a vinatge look. Great photos and details

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