Antique Suitcase Gets a Makeover

5 Materials
5 Hours

This post is a little DIY inspiration as we take an antique piece and give it a totally new purpose. An antique suitcase gets new look, as it maintains it’s integrity but definitely looks chic, hip, and fresh.

A friend had an old suitcase that had been in her family for many years and she wanted a use for it, instead of having it tucked under a bed.

I took it and made it into a small accent table with minimal effort.

The before and after ----this suitcase had seen better days! Now it's useful and adorable!

How the suitcase looked when I got it. I removed the hardware to clean it. I wiped down the entire piece and sanded it lightly before applying 2 coats of chalk paint I mixed up. (Dove color)

The suitcase drying after the first coat of painting and ready for a 2nd coat.

Antique table legs found at our local antique store. Wiped them off and sanded lightly before 2 coats of paint.

Trimming the legs for the perfect height prior to the painting.

After two coats of paint and ready to attach leg hardware

Drilling on the hardware for the table legs and drilling holes for the screwing mechanisms

Stencil for the top lid

Stenciled using antique medium in mahogany

Putting all the shiny (freshly polished) original hardware back on.

I loved the way the table turned out. It is now a perfect functional piece that will get lots of use.

With new paint, table legs and shiny hardware- she looks stunning.

The inside bottom was lined by decoupaging scrapbook paper for a more finished look.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • N. G. Londonderry
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Was this a wooden suitcase?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Oct 23, 2019

      I believe this was actually an artist's paint box, not a suitcase.

  • Dl.5660408
    on Oct 20, 2019

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! Might I ask where you got the beautiful stencil?

  • Ginger
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Hey, you could also replicate this using an old dresser drawer and making the lid out of scrap wood. Oh my, the creative juices are going mad! End tables ??? HMMM!

    • GullyCreekCottage
      on Oct 20, 2019

      Absolutely you could and a great use for a spare drawer! This one was made out of 1/8" wood and I'm surprised it has survived all these years but you could definitely recreate a lid out of 1/4" plywood. I like your thinking.

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  • Linda Abate
    on Oct 21, 2019

    A great way to repurpose an old piece of luggage. Love adding the legs to it and making a one of a kind end table, night stand or catchall table for the entryway. Adding the stencil to the top of it really makes the piece. Love also that you can store magazines, etc. inside the piece of luggage. Great Job.

  • Sheilah Perry-rosales
    on Oct 22, 2019

    I do it's by my living room window and I have blankets stored in it.Bty that is my daughter's cat Yolo modeling it 😂

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