Don't you just love those pictures of vintage suitcases stacked one on top of the other. There’s just something about the look that makes me think of a life well-traveled and filled with adventure and I really wanted my own stack of suitcases sooo badly. But they’re so hard to find and terribly expensive. We needed to make another plan. And the plan involved this boring pine chest of drawers.
A Boring Dresser Gets an Epic Suitcase Makeover
And a whole bunch of broken suitcases .........
I picked this one, and a few more, up for the under $5 at a local thrift store. They were all really, really, really badly damaged.
There was even an old handbag or two thrown into the mix.
We salvaged all of the locks, handles, straps and other bits that were worth saving.
Some of the bits were easy to remove and some of them required brute force and a really sharp craft knife
Once we had enough "suitcase hardware" in our stash, we could get cracking on prepping the chest of drawers for the makeover of the decade. We removed all the drawers and old wooden knobs and gave her a good sanding down before staining her with a beautiful rich, warm brown polyurethane wood stain.
It took us about two week to complete the makeover. I wanted to make each drawer special and different. Some were painted......
.....and on the others we used contact adhesive to glue whatever bits of leather we could salvage from the suitcases on the front of the drawers.
All the suitcase handles were glued and screwed on. No ways did I want a handle coming off while I was hunting for my favorite T-shirt
And slowly,but surely that boring pine dresser transformed into this beauty.
What do you think? Does it work for you? We added a few labels too. Luggage isn't luggage if you can't see where it's been right!!?
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Nancy on Jun 25, 2021
GIRRRRRL!! YOU WIN THE GRAND PRIZE! I have done probably a thousand DIY projects myself, over a lifetime and seen thousands more, but this project is a stunner! A winner! The best I've seen. EVER! I'm so attracted to old leather suitcases, buckles, handles and hardware, and now I know what I can do with it ( other than making my cats cool suitcase beds!) Thank you and congratulations. I am astounded. I can't wait to do this. Bravo!