Saturday, August 16, 2008

Redesigning an old suitcase into a new side table

So I have this suitcase that I bought at a thrift store back in college. Oh my, my, my ... that was a while ago. I had big plans for turning it into a small side table or coffee table. Instead, it quietly held rolls of unused fabrics that were also waiting to be used in some crafty scheme. Can we say Velveteen Rabbit??

Tonight my friends, I finally got around to doing something with it. Here are the initial goods -- suitcase and folding tray table.

Now, I have to add that my dear husband walked the store with me for a loooong time searching for what could be used as legs ... and all because I couldn't wait until the morning to run to Lowe's or Home Depot or some such store that would actually carry furniture legs. Does anyone else get creatively driven after hours?? I'm thinking of opening up a late night crafting/hardware supply store. Holy moly, I've digressed!

I started by taking off the top piece of the folding table. I was using a manual screwdriver - what was I thinking?

Once the top was off, I had the sense to get the drill and screwed in the pieces to the bottom of the suitcase. This allowed me to decide how low or high I wanted the table to sit.

And just a few seconds later ... POOF, my old raggedy suitcase is now a REAL suitcase that can cry real tears and hop along with all the other suitcases. Hooray for the new suitcase table!!

It didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but I dig it. It totally inspired me to try my hand at this again. Perhaps I'll actually make that trip to Lowe's/Home Depot during regular daylight hours and invest in some hot legs for my next table.

Happy creating my dears ...


Anonymous said...

This is why I love you! It's so cool, Have I been over since this? Surely I would have noticed!

Anonymous said...

Yes I have to agree with Rachel! You create some amazing things. Jonathan does the samething. I just can't figure out who yall get it from???? Do you know?

Love in the Time of Foreclosure said...

This is great! I love it. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to need it when we move into the empty house on the island.