Friday, April 23, 2010

Suitcase Nightstand (Care for Cathy project #4)



I had to laugh when reading comments tonight from project #3 -Double Chair bench.

2 very astute people asked about the chair legs,

First Granny J commented   “When I saw the cut off front legs my first thought was that together they would make a great little table. I've always been a junker but you've opened my eyes to even more possibilities”

Casual (dash)Cottage wrote  ‘Have you got any plans for the front legs of those chairs?
I know you do... hope you share them soon. ‘

LOL, Am I that predictable already?  Guess so!



These were left over from making the double chair bench.

Would have been a shame to waste them, right?

Even though a doggie or 2 had snacked on them pretty good.


Then came a suitcase….

Very conveniently left at the curb for me to find.

The very same weekend I was working on the chair bench.


It was meant to be!


Love the red leather trim on this.


The inside was red also, it even came with postcards!

Alas, there was a lot of staining in the liner.  Looks like some hand lotion or hair care products leaked on the inside.  Could it be ‘dippity-do?’.  I’m figuring that’s how old this suitcase is and around when it was used last….. Do they even still make that stuff?

(You know where this is going, right?)


So I had the suitcase, and I had the 2 sets of front chair legs…..

And  I had this for inspiration…..


White suitcase nightstand Songbird

Marianne @ Songbird has a wonderful blog full of pretty photos and great projects.  She is so creative!  I’m a huge fan of hers.

This post called “a new side table for the guest room”  is one of my favorites, and promptly landed in my inspiration folder when I saw it.  Love it!  Who knew you could paint a suitcase?

As soon as I saw mine at the curb, I knew what it would be….

Not having a table to set my new suitcase on, I would need to improvise.

Enter the leftover chair legs.

Joined together, with the bad parts removed…and glued back together.


Oh no, not again.  Apparently the camera is the last thing I think of when working along, as once again I forgot to take pictures during the middle part of the project.  Sorry! 

I simply took the 2 front sections, of which each had one good side seat support and one falling off loose one.  Thankfully they matched up to opposite sides. 

All I had to do was glue the dowels into the opposite matching holes.  A little clamping and it was done!

All the new base needed was a top.


After spray painting the suitcase and new base with several coats of primer I then painted it with blossom white spray paint.  Several light coats were needed.

 Now for the inside.  The red liner had to go.  I ripped it out and was left with this ugly interior.


This blue paisley fabric was picked up last summer at a moving sale.  It was 10c for a yard.  No kidding.

I loved the blue color.  Had no place to use it.  Until now.




I used cardboard cut from some diet coke 12 pack cartons.

Just the right stiffness to wrap the fabric around after spraying both pieces with spray adhesive.

It’s not perfect at all, and the top lining was a bear to glue, no cardboard to help keep the fabric straight there.


Finally it was done.  The suitcase is screwed to the base from the inside of the suitcase.  I inserted a piece of plywood into the bottom of the suitcase to give it some strength. (before adding the fabric)



Took off the masking tape.  You didn’t think I could seriously paint over that beautiful red leather, did you?


Not as cute as Marianne’s, my suitcase is so much bigger than her little cutie.   And of course I don’t have the beautiful table with the curvy legs….


But I love it anyway.


This one sold for $80 at the Care for Cathy silent auction.

Cost, 10c for fabric.

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!


Linking this post to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special #28!

I’m resurrecting this to link up to Jami’s ‘Air your Laundry Friday party #4’ over at Freckled Laundry.


  1. That is probably one of the prettiest suitcase tables I have ever seen! I cannot get over the fact that someone threw that suitcase away! Thank goodness you rescued it! And what a beautiful rescue it is. :)

    Simply stunning!

    I love your site and am adding you to my "inspirations" link list on my blog! :) Feel free to stop by anytime and grab yourself a drink from the fridge!

  2. I knew you wouldn't let me down...this turned out absolutely great! I can't believe somebody threw that suitcase away either!

    and... I haven't heard a thing about 'dippity-do' in years. Doubt most of your readers don't even have a clue...!

  3. I remember dippity-do. Put it on your hair and I swear you could come through a wind tunnel with your hair unscathed.

    I'm so glad you saved those chair legs. I just knew there was a good use for them. And the red trim and handle on the suitcase are the perfect finishing touch.

  4. Rose... it's wonderful! Why would anyone throw out a perfectly good suitcase? I dunno, but I'm glad you were there! I love the legs, the suitcase the fabric, but OH MY! When I saw that leather trim peeking out... awwwww so perfect! And the handle! great save! You are awesome! I'm so envious of your little gem. I have an old chair with great legs, that I want to do a side table, but chair legs make a VERY low table.

  5. Ok Rose, I need to move to your neighborhood!!

    1)because I must shop these curbs too
    2)because I must hang out with you so possibly a little of your talent and vision can rub off on me. Really, I'd be ok with just a little of it!! That's not asking to much is it??? ;) Oh and if I threatened to remove the doors my husband would be thrilled! One less step for him - OPENING THEM!! ;)

  6. That is so creative and so cute! I am visiting from new friend friday adn the girl creative. It was fun to see your great blog!

  7. Wonderful idea, it looks awesome. Who would have thought?

    Just stopping by from New Friend Friday.

    I am now off to do some exploring on your blog.

    You new friend,

  8. Okay, I will definitely have to make me several of these for my pack rat daughter...she will love them!! Way too cool...

  9. If I had Vision Like you I would be a Curbside Shopper Too! YOU have great ideas!
    Stopping by and now following from New Friend Friday!

  10. WOWOWOWOW! I am so inspired! I love to re-use found objects too, but seriously! U r a genius!!!!! Amazing!

  11. I just love your blog! You come up with some of the most creative things! I told my husband "look what I could make out of a chair"...he just gave me the 'oh, joy' look! Haha! You inspire me!
    So glad I came across your blog
    (I think through my repurposed life, love her blog too)!
    P.S. You have me cracking up, I can see your sense of humor through your writing! It's awesome!

  12. I just love your blog! You come up with some of the most creative things! I told my husband "look what I could make out of a chair"...he just gave me the 'oh, joy' look! Haha! You inspire me!
    So glad I came across your blog
    (I think through my repurposed life, love her blog too)!
    P.S. You have me cracking up, I can see your sense of humor through your writing! It's awesome!

  13. too cute !! when i hit the part where you painted it - ARGh !!! i couldnt beleive you painted over the red !! aha ! then you surprised me - so glad you saved it ! nice rescue !

  14. Rose... you are amazing... I would have NEVER thought to put those legs back together... it looks awesome... I was so happy to see that you didn't paint the leather, that was the finishing touch. Wow, you got a great price for that one too... you rock.

    Hugs, Deb

  15. I'm freaking out a little bit!! I SO love that and the 2 chair bench. AAAGGHH. (Okay, maybe freaking more than just a little bit).

  16. Your little table looks so cute! Wonderful job, and I wouldn't have painted over that red leather either!
    Great job at putting the fabric inside, mine is still a bit rough and unfinished on the inside, but seeing yours, I think I might change that soon.

  17. Brilliantly done!!! I was smiling through your whole entire post. I read like a suspensful story. :)

    I'm so glad you gave a shoutout to Songbird. Her variation had me in total awe. Yours equally so! Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  18. Great post! I have to say I was a little sad when I saw you painted over that red leather. That was the first thing to catch my eye! But then when I saw that you had taped over it! Yeah, the red was saved! It looks great with the white paint. Oh wow I wish I could curb shop with you!

  19. absolutely delightful! so full of charm! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you chose to do the same!

  20. Love how this turned out! GORGEOUS!! I laughed about the Dippity Do it reminded me of Dixie Peach that my brothers used to use for their Duck Tails!! LOL
    ♥ Toni

  21. Oh Rose, you stinker. I am so jealous that you found an old suitcase! I blogged about Marianne's inspiring suitcase table last week. I want to make one too. You did a great job. LOVE the distressing. Thanks so much for linking with air your laundry Friday!



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