May 17, 2012

Suitcase Table

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a long time.  I saw a suitcase made into a table somewhere and put it on my long...."Someday I have to try this list"...Yep, now I can check it off!


I found this suitcase for $1 and the table for $5 so this project had a grand total investment of $6


I never buy legs, I always look for an inexpensive table and take the legs off.  I really liked these legs since they were attached to a board and I thought it would give the suitcase good stability.  Of course you could attach any legs.

  
I screwed the legs onto the bottom of the suitcase using a washer on the inside of the suitcase so the screws wouldn't pull through.

Ok, on to the inside.....Houston we have a problem....This is what you get for a $1


But the lining came out easily, then I washed it with bleach and sanded the inside.   The inside of old suitcases are lined with a thin wood that could be stained, but I had another plan


I used the ribbon from the suitcase used for securing clothes as the hinges to keep the suitcase open.  They were glued in place with E6000 and clamped overnight.


Now, let the fun begin! 

I took old book pages and ran them through my printer, I used graphics from my personal stash and some from Graphics Fairy


I Mod Podged these sheets inside the suitcase and then sprayed Walnut Ink to give them a more distressed look



Yep, open or closed, in the right setting it would be a great bedside or coffee table.  I can see it being used to store reading material and remote controls


So, what am I going to do with this????   

I am going to use this at the rehearsal dinner, you see my son is getting married Thanksgiving weekend and the Mama of the groom.....Me..... is responsible for the rehearsal dinner.  This dinner will be vintaged themed like the wedding...Yea!

Shoot,....... I can't tell you exactly what I am going to use it for because only 3 people in my real life read my blog and two of those are my Son and future DIL and I want some elements of the dinner and decor to be a surprise. 


I promise I will show you pictures of how I used it after the rehearsal dinner....A cliff hanger for sure LOL!

Happy Creating!

62 comments:

A Paris Flea said...

What a cute idea! You really transformed the inside. I would like this for a base to a suitcase stack.

Happiness,
Mickie

mizdarlin said...

Thanks for this! I collect old suitcases and would never dream of putting holes in most of them, but I do have a particularly large one that would be perfect for a project like this..great stuff!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Now how cute is that!! When I read how much you paid for it, I thought...are you kidding me? Now I know why. That interior was a little nasty, wasn't it? But no more! Great project Carol.

It's All Connected said...

I have a pair of table pedestals that I've been looking for ideas for. A suitcase would fit perfectly! Thanks! Pinning. ~ Maureen

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

That is too cute! I can't imagine how you'll decorate for that dinner. It's going to be fabulous.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

what a cute idea- I love how it turned out.

E said...

What a great idea for your event, can't wait to see the rest of your plan and all the cute (I'm certain) details !! E

lynn said...

love the price and the table is so clever, carol! cant' wait to see the dinner pics:)

Karen said...

Amazing Carol, I want one! you always do beautiful work.

BECKY said...

Once again, you have amazed me, Carol! Absolutely love how this came out!! Bravo! And thank you for sharing the how to!!

Off to pick up the wedding flowers!!
Hugs,
Becky

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh I love it....and are you giving it to them as a keepsake???

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I have that exact suitcase! Love this idea, will definitely have to try it!

Createology said...

You are a visionary when it comes to vintage finds and transformations. This table is wonderful and what a great theme piece for the rehearsal dinner. Love the book pages inside. Brilliant dear...

Egretta Wells blog said...

This is so cute and clever! I can see it used to hold wedding cards or a number of other ways! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

debi said...

Oooooh! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Debbiedoo's said...

You my friend are da bomb! How cool is this Carol. Turned out fabulous! Have a great weekend.

Nancy said...

Hi Carol,

I love it! Especially what you did to the inside. I bet most people wouldn't think to spruce up the inside. It looks great!

Nancy

fixitfaerie said...

Okay, you did a great job making this table, so now for ideas what to do with it. You could leave it closed and put cheaply framed pictures of the bride and groom at different stages of their lives, maybe even put an old toy that you have in a closet somewhere on it. Or, you could open it, and fill it with cards that you give to each guest, make sure you have pens and envelopes. Give this card/envelope/pen to every married person, and ask them to write a note to the bride and groom, wishing them well, telling them a funny story on how to handle stress in marriage, etc. Good luck Blessings Paula

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I've heard of suitcase tables before, but yours has to be the best!! Love it!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!!!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-- I love it. My dd had 3 stacked in her old house for an end table. I love the table idea.

I think it's funny that only 3 people in your "real life" read your blog. Do you think we are all NOT real? lol Have a good night- xo Diana

Perfectly Printed said...

what a great idea!!

chris

Perfectly Printed said...

what a great idea!!

chris

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Now aren't you the clever one. I love your little suitcase table and adding the decoupage pages makes it look great. After you use it for the wedding you can put it in your booth and sell it!!!
Always thinking ahead you know! LOL!

Love your tote bags in the last post. Yours keep getting better and better. I haven't made any for awhile and now you've inspired me. Thanks for the shout out too.

hugs

Sissie

KarenSue Farash said...

There you are!! Have yours ears been burning? Can you do lunch next week?
I love this project!! You are so smart..

Vicki said...

This turned out great! I love what you did with the interior.

Tracy said...

You have the best ideas ever, I would have never thought to do that!

Last week at the craft store I thought of you and bought some of that glue. I have loads of chandelier crystals and I'm going to take your cue and add them to everything I can think of!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Carol, you amaze me with your creativity. This was a fabulous project right down to the last photo. Using a small table instead of just legs was ingenious and printing on the book pages was a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing this.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

You did it again. Just wonderful!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

You did it again. Just wonderful!

Shabbygal said...

Yours turned out so cute!I did one of those a couple moths ago so fun! How exciting to be doing the rehearsal dinner! Excited to see what you use it for!Traci

Gina said...

You are so creative, Carol! This turned out so well!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Just fantastic! Love how you finished up the inside too! I was the "mother of the groom" last August and did a lot of the decorations for the reception as well as rehearsal. It was a book-themed wedding but everything was also vintage so email if you want any suggestions or ideas!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness--I love that! I made one of these once too--but I took a vintage suitcase stand (is that what they are called) and just put the suitcase on top. It was great. I posted my basket remake with the water slide decal:)

Bethany Pete said...

This is so awesome, can't wait to see what you do!!

nancy said...

Great idea! I inherited an old suitcase, so I may use that!

Kasia said...

Wicked plan!!!! I adore the inside and the idea! :D LOVE IT!!!

Hugs,

Cosy Life by Elly said...

You did a great job, Carol!. And I'm very curious what your plans are for the wedding..
Have a nice day Elly from Holland

Gypsy Heart said...

You amaze me at your creativity! It's such a wonderful idea and looks perfectly stunning. I love the idea of how you did the pages ~ see, I would never think of that. :-)

Great job!
xo
Pat

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, I just love this and you did a fabulous job with it. Gotta love those vintage legs too. I have seen this, but like you said, I have got to try it one day. You have inspired me to do so. I have a large case now but it is one of those on a slant so for a table it would not be level. I have tons of train cases, but they would be too small. I even have the legs already.
Thank you for sharing your creation and the steps. You are one talented gal!!!
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Nancy said...

I Love this Carol!! I am one of the real people! Now what you are going to fill it with~hmmmm. Guest Favors, Gifts, Cards, etc. You should have a contest and make us Guess! I bet you are having a ball with all the Wedding Prep, such a treat to have things in common with your Future DIL, Is she from Florida too? Well it's a Gorgeous day isn't it, enjoy!

Huggs, Nancy

SavannahGranny said...

Carol, I love this. The inside is beautifully done.
I love the idea about table legs. I will have to share that with my daughter. She took an old suitcase and made two cat beds from them. I am looking at one of them right now. I will take pictures and you will see them soon.
Hugs, Ginger

Crystelle Boutique said...

I love it!
Can't wait to see what else you come up with for this vintage themed wedding!!!

Jane Craske said...

So pretty! I love a great modpodge project C: Very happy new follower.

Sandy Michelle said...

I have a suit case table but never thought to leave it open. Clever! I can't wait to see pix of the dinner you are throwing!

Sandy xox
www.sandy-sandyscreations.blogspot.com

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

That doesn't even sound like something I would like....but...you did it and I LOVE it! I think you could make anything look pretty. Your post made me smile. I can't wait to see how you use it :)
betty

HeartVintageDesign said...

Love it, Carol. You'll have to take pics after the wedding for your blogger friends : )

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

Wow! That is one cool looking suitcase. I can't wait to see how you use it :)

Dee

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Another fabulous project Carol. Love the look of those legs. A vintage themed wedding sounds perfect. Looking forward to seeing all you create for the rehearsal dinner.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Just found your blog! You are so creative (love the decoupaged book page lining!), I'm really looking forward to seeing this suitcase table in use!

Barbara said...

Looks great! I can see it being used at the wedding, using the word "Journey"

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Love your new banner... this one seems perfect!
Awesome idea with the suitcase. You sure can think "outside of the box"! I thought you would paint it white,tho!
LOL!
Going to the flea market if it's not raining in the early AM.
Warmly,
deb

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Now THIS is just absolutely adorable!!! Great makeover!!!

Quick reminder about my upcoming WEDDING BLOG PARTY on June 8th ~ AND I'm having a great giveaway right now, so come on over and enter!

Hugs,
Stephanie

Bonnie Jobe said...

Hey Carol! Love your suitcase table...we've made and sold 5 or 6 of these but I love what you did on the inside. I just stripped a round suitcase of its "innards" and now I know how I'll fix it up!

I just picked up two of those retro tables...wondered what I would do with them! Yay!

Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie

www.bbonnieblue.blogspot.com
www.bbonnieblue2/blogspot.com

romance-of-roses said...

If this isn't one of the most adorable things I have ever seen. Congratulations you did an amazing job. Hugs...Lu

gail wilson said...

Carol! It's like the suitcase and the table were separated at birth! :)
Your project turned out so nice. That rehearsal dinner will be wonderful for sure!
gail

Distressed, But Not Forsaken said...

Carol, this is just great! And I have a vintage suitcase AND some extra table legs in my stash. And I just remembered I have an old wall map of my region that I could line it with! I've been wondering what to do with the map. Thanks for inspiring us all. JUDY

rosieinspirations said...

What a handsome storage solution. Great table and sense of humor! =)

Candy said...

I love it........especially the book pages on the interior.....neat idea.

Miki's scrapbook said...

Wow, what a great DIY! ;D

Pam said...

Neat...I love old suitcases and that turned out really great. Thanks for sharing.

Laurel Stephens said...

This looks great! I love the inside.

C'est moi Claudette said...

Carol, this would make a GREAT DOGGY BED... I've been looking for one. You have given me an idea again ; )
Thank you
xoxoxoxo