Sunday, June 2, 2013

DIY Suitcase table

 
Greetings from a freezing and wet Cape Town. We are in the grip of Winter...Brrr!
 
Look at my balcony covered in hail!
 
 
 
A big flurry of hail was blown into my bedroom because I had the sliding door slightly open when the hailstorm hit us!
 
Quite a mopping up operation, but anyhoo, back to this week's post. If you regularly visit my blog, you will know that I like the idea of repurposing. I poked around in my garage the other day looking for a small project to finish for my weekly blog post. I found some cool mid-century legs and wondered what I could do with it. I spotted this banged up suitcase and got the idea to create a DIY suitcase table!
 
Now, the clips on the case no longer function and the top slopes inward ever so slightly. The lid is wonky and you have to apply pressure to close it and then of course it gets stuck...ugh! I should probably have saved the legs until I could get a suitcase that's in better shape, but create I have to...come hell or high water...lol
 
Here is the before in all its mottled yellow-tan splendour. You can see clearly how the lid when closed, overlaps too far.
 
 
I primed it with some gesso, painted the trims in apple green and spray painted the hardware in pistachio green. Then I began toying with the idea of covering the suitcase with fun 1950's children's story book pages...turning it into a fun piece for a kid's room.
 
I started by cutting out the pictures and laying them out over the top. Then I modge podged the pictures onto the suitcase. I just kept going until the entire suitcase was covered with pictures from these story books.
 
 
 I hot-glued black trim all around the edge of the suitcase!
I placed the legs where I wanted them, marked it off and then used pratley glue to attach the legs to the bottom of the suitcase.
Then came the test and Ha...the legs are lined up great...all touching the ground perfectly!
 

 
I love the way this piece turned out and it will be my grand baby, Miss G's nightstand!
 
Here she is silly expression and all, poking her little face into one of my pics...sweet child of my heart!
 
 
 
And now for some exciting news.....Whoop, whoop, Hurrah! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is coming to South Africa in July. How Fantabulous is that?!
 
 

You can often find me at these fabulous parties:








Redoux Friday Link Party
Funky Junk Interiors - Friday Junk Party
Life on Lakeshore Drive - Boquet of Talent Sunday Link Party

 
 
 
 
 
 


22 comments:

  1. A very original idea, your sweet little girl will be happy with his night table!
    xx

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  2. what a great table. if the top opened well, she could use it to hide her special items. it seems weird to hear about your winter weather, since our summer is just heating up here in America. :0)
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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    1. The headlines today was "all hail breaks loose" weird winter weather, never seen anything like this before. It was quite a severe storm!

      Thanks for stopping by Debbi!

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  3. Sad that you're in the grip of winter -- we SHOULD be in the grip of early summer but our temps are more like early autumn! CRAZY! Love this project -- the choice of the books to cover it are just perfect as is the color green for the trim!

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    1. Yip, give me warmer temps any time! I also think the green is such a nice pop of color. Thanks for stopping by Lauren and I hope you will be basking in the sun soon:)

      Hugs
      Sumaya

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  4. How adorable! (Both the suitcase and Miss G!)
    Susan

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    1. You are sweet too Susan. Thanks for stopping by!:)

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  5. What a fun piece for your Miss G!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  6. LOVE it!! And love your little sweetie peeking in :) My daughter does that too!!

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    1. LoL...typical of little girls...so adorable!

      Thanks for stopping by Laurel:)

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  7. Very cool!! I'm sure she loves it :)
    - Lora

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    1. She does Lora...thanks so much for stopping by:)

      xx
      Sumaya

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  8. Love it! It looks so good with the vintage book pages! Very clever! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Jenna. Have a lovely weekend:)

      ~S

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  9. Oh! I love that. What a cute little bedside table! As for the snow, would you like some of our sunshine? It's getting hot here. Thank you for popping over to my doll blog!

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    1. Thanks for visiting!:)


      You can send me sunshine any time, enjoy!

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  10. Your granddaughter looks so happy to have such a cute new/old end table. What a great idea to use the book pages! Definitely one of a kind.

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  11. That's adorable! And some crazy hail! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @Better With Age

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