Suitcase endtable of another sort

October 24th, 2009 in member junk     
dohlman dohlman, member
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We have seen "end tables" made of stacked old suitcases, but did not have room for that beside our living room chair.  We found this nice old hardboard suitcase we liked and wanted it upright in this tight space.  So what to do with the latches?  I cut 3/4 inch pieces from a one-inch dowel to raise an old glass shelf we had lying around above the latches and applied a sticky circular pad to the top and bottom of the risers, and got ourselves a nice, slim end table just right for a cup of coffee and good novel.  Anyone know what the "hardboard" material is that many old suitcases are made of?


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, furniture, brown

Comments (14)

MarmaladesMailbox writes: Nice idea,dohlman! What is it about old trunks and suitcases that makes them so appealing?

All I know is that I have accumulated quite a collection over the years...I think the one I have ,with the original old shipping stickers still on it is the best...and some little old school suitcases come a close second.( I'm intending to decoupage some.)

Looking at everyone's great ideas here is inspiring me to get things out of storage and re-purposing them for sale,for gifts, or my own use.

Big thanks to you all..and hope to post some of my own creations soon! Posted: 10:29 pm on October 6th
shabbychick writes: I love your take on the suitcase sidetable - very clever!

Kathy Posted: 3:31 pm on October 27th
busymelifera writes: When I've taken the old suitcases apart I have found cardboard, also pine or fir. I think it totally depends on the suitcase. This is a great idea, by the way! Tight spaces are everywhere now that so many of us are downsizing/re-sizing. Posted: 2:01 pm on October 27th
TinTinJunkFan writes: so simple and so perfect! Posted: 2:38 pm on October 26th
racers7 writes: Awesome!....I love that old rugged look and the glass topper is the bomb! Posted: 11:53 am on October 26th
paisleypenguin writes: Great idea! I too would love to utilize some old suitcases I have in my living room but just don't have the space to stack them. This could be a real possibility for me. Awesome how you worked with what you had! Posted: 12:13 pm on October 25th
suewhitney writes: Brilliant!! I love your take on the suitcase end table.

Cheers!
Sue Posted: 10:37 am on October 25th
upyourattic writes: Great idea - that's thinking outside the suitcase!!

NO idea what the answer to your question is - maybe cardboard?

Thanks for sharing,
patti Posted: 9:49 am on October 25th
bev1955 writes: Clever Idea! Posted: 10:07 pm on October 24th
MimiToria writes: Another fun and creative idea you came up with here. Fun posts.
Gretchen Posted: 8:39 pm on October 24th
CasualSacks writes: Great idea. I knew my old suitcases could be more fuctional. I'm going to give this a try.
Michele Posted: 6:13 pm on October 24th
IPlayOutsideTheBox writes: That's working around what you have...to make it what you want. Great! Posted: 5:57 pm on October 24th
DownHomeDIY writes: Suits it self just fine this way, very clever way to add a shelf for a flat surface.
~MB Posted: 2:32 pm on October 24th
monakent writes: Cool beans..... this is a great idea. gailmarie Posted: 12:50 pm on October 24th
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