I know I have mentioned it about a gazillion times, but once more won’t hurt… I’m redoing my guest room in shabby chic! It’s a really exciting project for me because I wouldn’t consider this to be in the realm of my style. But, as I’ve been working on it I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe it is ’cause I love it!
Today I’m sharing with you my shabby chic suitcase side-table that I made. It was quick, easy and best of all, it cost me only $2. Nice. So get out there and start checking out old luggage at thrift stores and flea markets because you’re gonna love this table!
The way I made my table was by setting and permanently attaching the suitcase to a chair. I wanted it to look like it could genuinely be a suitcase sitting on the chair that a guest placed there. I think it turned out fantastic and I love that the concept in my head worked out as well as the real table!
For this project you will need:
- Wood chair (I had mine already but you may need to buy one)
- Old suitcase
- Cleaner and a rag
- White paint
- Fabric, spray adhesive and staple gun (if necessary)
- Long wood screws
STEP 1: Take your old chair apart and give it a good clean. Throw out the seat or retain if you may revert the base back to a chair some day.
STEP 2: Go over the chair with sandpaper to rough it up a bit and cover with primer and then paint. I like to prime until there is absolutely no difference in color – if the whole thing is the same white, you don’t have to go over the primer with multiple coats of paint.
STEP 3: If necessary, reupholster the back of the chair. Spray the front with adhesive and attach the fabric. Pull the fabric taught and use your staple gun to firmly attach to the back.
STEP 4: If you haven’t already, give your luggage a good clean. Scrub the outside if necessary and clean out the inside. I wound up totally removing all of the fabric from the interior of mine as it smelled like an ashtray. Since I don’t anticipate guests getting into the suitcase I didn’t recover the interior but you may want to if you also gut the suitcase.
STEP 5: Use your drill and long wood screws to attach the suitcase to the seat area of the chair. I used four screws on the front corners and two on the back to firmly affix.
Place in your home and dress up the top with necessities like books, lamp, telephone and you’re done with this project!
Not only do you have a super cute side table but you also have some hidden storage space for things like books. Or, if you have forgetful guests, like I sometimes do, stash their left behind goods into the suitcase for safe keeping until their next visit.
That’s all for today. I’ve got two other shabby projects to share with you this week including a headboard! Plus, I’ve got a Shoesday that I’m so excited about that I’m sharing at Mom Spark. Stop back by to check it out! Happy Monday!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website