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From Vintage to Contemporary – Upcycled DIY Suitcase & Vanity Organiser

Old suitcase up-cycled to a bedside table with storage

Making do has its rewards, and the satisfaction that comes from re-purposing an old suitcase or some other found item is priceless. You don’t have to break the bank to add a little rustic chic style to your home’s decorating scheme. In fact, you don’t even have to spend money at all. In this post I will show you how I took an old hardcase vanity box and an old suitcase and turned them into custom storage. The best thing about the finished piece is my only outlay was some elbow grease and a can of spray paint.

My mom doesn’t like to throw things till she absolutely must. Over the years we have found interesting things from her collection, and given away a lot of the rest. 

Two of the things that were languishing in the corner were her hard case Samsonite suitcase and Aristocrat vanity case from her wedding. They have stood the test of time. There’s a metaphor somewhere there I’m sure.

Both the items can no longer be used for their original purpose with the restrictions on luggage weight. Not wanting to dispose of these, I wanted to repurpose them. 

There are so many upcycle ideas over the Internet. Upcycle furniture are all the rage these days. And why not. Out of style or unused pieces get a new lease of life with just a little extra TLC.

First step for both of them was a good scrubbing. The fabric lining in both had to be removed before cleaning. They were in tatters.

Hardcase vanity ready to be cleaned and painted
The Before

Next, using masking tape, I covered the metal parts I didn’t want painted. I spread paper and plastic sheets on the balcony floor and spray painted both of them with about 2 to 3 coats. I used Rust-oleum spray paint so I didn’t need a primer or varnish.

Vintage Samsonite hard case suitcase, cleaned and ready to be painted
Masked edges

For the vanity case I just needed to put back the handle and my new sewing kit was ready.

As for the suitcase, I wanted it as a side table in my son’s room and also to store his baby memorabilia. I put in a MDF board inside for support and drilled in the wooden legs. (OK, my husband did this part, not me.)

Quite happy with the finished result.

Sewing Kit

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