Upcycling old suitcases and adding storage: A Table that Travels

Feb, 08, 2014


Uses for Old Suitcases

There are so many creative possibilities for old suitcases! Recently my daughter Chloe was been looking for a new bedside table with ample storage for all her collections. Unlike me, she likes everything new, trendy and hip. All of which ends up costing a pretty penny. So when I came across a vintage suitcase at the thrift store for $2 and a TV table for $1. I knew just what to do. 

Creative Nightstand Ideas


A $2. pair of dog bookends get a fresh coat.
A $2. pair of dog bookends get a fresh coat.

I predrilled four holes inside on the bottom of the suitcase. I then attached it to the top of the TV table using 1″ wood screws. I wanted to make the table portable so I made sure that the handle was facing on the top side of the table when folded down.

I removed any excess dirt and dust with a solvent cleaner. After letting it dry completely I taped off the hinges and locks with Scotch 3M Painter’s Tape. I then painted the old suitcase a fresh coat of Satin Sherwin William paint in Overt Green SW 6718 . Looking for a little pop I painted the handle a raspberry purple that complimented the colors in her curtains.  I added some garage sale dog bookends that got a fresh coat of turquoise Rustoleum spray paint.  


I let all the pieces dry completely before taking them into the house. We placed the old suitcase turned nightstand right next to Chloe’s bed and she immediately started storing all her goodies. IT was that simple!

Other ideas could be stacking tow or three on top of one another to create a side or end table that has even more storage. Recently I found a pair of crocodile suitcases at a thrift store in Southern Florida. I paid a bit more for them but they are definitely conversation pieces.

Happy Thrifting 



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    May 11, 2014

    This turned out beautifully. I love the bright colors.

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      May 13, 2014

      Thanks Traci! I love finding new life for tired pieces. Can you tell I love color? 🙂

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    September 14, 2016

    You are brilliant & creative. I love all the new ideas you come up with- you are an inspiration Amie!

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      September 20, 2016

      Thank you Hillary! I miss your face! xoxo

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"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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