The Suitcase Ottoman

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When I swapped out my husband's recliner for a club chair I knew he would want some type if footrest. While brainstorming and searching my basement (where I keep all my creative "junk"), I realized that I have a ton of old suitcases. And doorknobs... lots of doorknobs! That's when if hit me.
It was the perfect size for an ottoman but not the perfect color. A little chalk paint fixed that problem. I made sure to leave the trim and hardware alone so all the good "rustiness" could still show through.
The footstool was finished off by adding a few old brass doorknobs for the feet.
It's the perfect footrest for his new chair! I love that we can use it to store all kinds of junk too! Be sure to swing by my blog to check out the before and after of his new chair paired with the suitcase ottoman!

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  • Julie Julie on Apr 14, 2019

    I have my dads military trunk and want to do something with it ...but I love that it has all his information on it... I want to keep it the same way. How can I do that without painting it... Any suggestions.???


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  • MJ Serris MJ Serris on Sep 23, 2017
    I have my husband's old navy military suitcase. Very cool looking with his name stenciled on it. It would make a perfect ottoman. Going to look for some knobs to add to bottom.
    Thanks for a great idea.

  • Pennie Collins Pennie Collins on Sep 26, 2017