A Traveler’s Dream | DIY Suitcase Table

I wanted to call this one “The Imperfectly Perfect Suitcase Table” because I made few snafus while creating it. Nonetheless, I had fun and it was perfect for me.

I love traveling so incorporating a vintage suitcase into my home decor was a no-brainer.

I went to my local, dope ass antique store, The Sleepy Poet – Gastonia. This store is three floors filled with nothing but nostalgia located in an old department store. The place is magical I tell ya’ — magical!

I ran in about 15 minutes before the store closed and I found the perfect tan, vintage suitcase at five minutes till closing. It was meant for me to find!

Supplies

4 Table legs – I chose the Waddell Wood Ash End Table legs in the 17 inch length. You can choose any type of leg and length you want.

1/2 inch thick plywood cut to fit the inside of your suitcase. Your hardware store will usually cut this for you.

4 pack Waddell Angled Top Plates

Fine sand paper (Not pictured)

Stain and sealant of your choice. For this project I chose Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Espresso and the Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss.

Paintbrush

Metallic Paint Pen (pictured later)

Avery Full Sheet Labels, 8 1/2 x 11

Travel sticker images, I found mine on Pinterest

Drill/Drill bit (not pictured)

The first snafu for this project was the trouble I had finding the table legs I wanted. I was going for a Mid-century feel so I wanted legs like this:

Unfortunately, I could only find them online so I had to go with the best option available.

The second snafu was caused my BFF. He decided to construct the table while I was away, out of the kindness of his heart and without asking me. It was a kind act; but, the problem is he didn’t communicate with me to understand my vision. In that case, he ended up with this:

Ya’ll I threw a full on, adult, temper tantrum! LOL! This was not my vision and I was not pleased about this. He drilled holes in areas where I didn’t want them.

After calming down and calling my level-headed, younger sister, she did a search and suggested travel stickers to cover the holes. But where would I find travel stickers on such a short notice. I realized that I would need to make them for myself! The idea was ingenious!

I found travel sticker images on Pinterest, printed them out on full sheet label paper and then carefully cut them out. Voila, magic!

The final snafu was getting the table legs on right. This was my first time making a table and the top plate (metal plates used to anchor table legs to a tabletop) mysteriously came up missing after the second snafu! Hmmm. My legs ended looking a little wonky; but, I’m still proud of my accomplishment. Please read the directions carefully!

Directions

Even though I was a novice at this project, it was pretty easy. Here’s how I put it together:

  • Sand and dust table legs. Remove dust with a dry cloth then stain, dry and finish according to the directions on the package.
  • Choose which side of the suitcase you want to be the top. It’s easier to have it right side up, but, that’s at your discretion. On the other side, mark where you want your top plates to be. Get a buddy to help during the drilling portion.

  • Fit the plywood into the inside of the side to where the top plates will be drilled.

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