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For the longest time, we’ve had a vintage suitcase, that belonged to my grandmother, just sitting in our garage. In fact, we had the carry-on case to go with it. I’d been trying to decide what to do with it; I knew I wanted to use it to decorate with, but I just wasn’t sure how. Until I decided we needed a table in the corner of our living room, and the suitcase was the perfect solution.
Thus began our keepsake table, filled with vintage-esque travel stickers from places we’ve traveled as a family, and we’ll keep adding stickers as we visit more places together.
Supplies for Vintage Suitcase Table
Custom fit riser board (depends on the shape of your suitcase whether this is needed or not)
4 leg mounts
4 table legs w/ screws already attached (can be found at Home Depot)
Dremel tool with circle cutter
Spray paint in desired color/s
Vintage travel stickers
Instructions for DIY Vintage Suitcase Table
The first step was to clean up the suitcase just a bit. I ripped out the inside fabric because it had quite a bit of what looked like water damage. Then I gave the inside a quick coat of spray paint. We used a piece of plywood that fit inside our suitcase to place both the riser board and leg mounts on. Since our suitcase was a trapezoid shape, and we want to be able to place things on top of the table without them sliding off, this riser board helped to level the suitcase from the inside. Pre-drill through the center hole of each leg mount.
Center the plywood in the bottom of the suitcase with leg mounts and riser board down; and drill through the leg mounts, clear through the bottom of the suitcase. Next take the plywood out, flip the suitcase over, and use the Dremel tool with circle cutter to cut the holes for the table legs.The holes should be large enough for the table legs to fit snugly through. Put the plywood back in with the riser board facing down, and screw the legs in through the holes on the bottom of the suitcase. Then drill a couple of screws through the bottom of the suitcase to hold the suitcase to the plywood.
Now it’s up to you to paint or stain the table legs whatever color you prefer. I went with a bold, antiqued, turquoise shade of blue.
Once the legs are attached, place the table wherever you want, and decorate with vintage travel stickers.
This is a project that really doesn’t take very long to make, and it’s a keepsake that I hope our boys will treasure for years to come. Every time we look at the table, it’s easy to find memories in the form of travel stickers.
From the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon, New York, Route 66, and more…. each sticker holds memories of road trips gone by.I can’t help but love it, even though it does kinda look like an AT-AT from Star Wars, per Dan!