Vintage suitcases…aren’t they all the rage right now? People are doing amazing things with them, incorporating them into their home décor or repurposing them every way imaginable- wall shelves, stereo speakers, even pet beds!
When Maliasmark posted a photo of this old suitcase on her Facebook page, I was immediately smitten. I can’t even explain to you why I loved it so much…I just did.
As ideas rolled around in my head, I remembered some salvaged spindle table legs I had picked up at Encore Architectural Salvage.
I wanted to “see” what a suitcase table would look like, albeit upside-down. Cottonball, of course, thought it looked like a regal fortress that he needed to defend, and promptly took up residence.
It seemed like a small storage table was in the works! After I cleaned up the suitcase interior, I realized it was the perfect size to store my eclectic collection of serving platters- something I’ve had trouble finding decent space for. Not that I have a lot of them, they’re just too wide for my traditional cabinet storage space.
To begin the transformation, I wanted to stabilize the base of the suitcase with some wood. I measured and traced out a template on cardboard, which Jon recreated on some higher-end plywood.
After measuring where each leg would go on the bottom of the suitcase, we drilled holes through the base, marked them on the wood insert, and inserted wood screws partially through the wood.
Now, in all fairness, we had a blissful surprise with the table legs- their centers were already marked and they were partially drilled! I hadn’t even noticed this when I purchased them. So, someone else long ago had done some of the hard work for us!
Once we refitted the wood insert into the suitcase (and hurray! The holes and screws lined up!), it was easy to twist on each leg by hand, then we tightened down the screws.
Full disclosure- tightening those screws wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. The legs are some ridiculously hard wood and our screws were longer than the pre-drilled portion. SO there was a bit of a battle…a “Taming of the Screw”, if you will…but Jon won out in the end.
I love the end result! Yes, it’s a little tall (those legs are supposed to fit under a table apron, after all), but it rests just under the chair rail in the dining room and stores my platters with ease.
So there you have it- and oh yeah, I am definitely leaving those old airline tags in place. So far, Cottonball hasn’t discovered them as something to bat at. Fingers crossed…