by Rachael West

Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Into Side Table

Once upon a time I lived in California. While living there, I made a suitcase table. Not only did I love it but I often received compliments on it from friends. When I relocated to the Texas, I only took with me what would fit into my vehicle, so my beloved table was sold on craigslist.

Fast forward to last week, when I laid eyes on this baby at an antique store. Of course, I knew exactly what I wanted to make one. I love pieces with history, but I also like pieces with unknown history. I mean who was Mr. Henry Szatko? I wonder what he would say if he walked in and saw his old suitcase there as a table. Was he an aspiring rock star and he traveled the world hoping to make it big? Was he a traveling shoe salesman? I guess I’ll never know, in the meantime I’ll daydream.

Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Into Side Table 1 • Recycled Furniture
Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Into Side Table 2 • Recycled Furniture
Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Into Side Table 3 • Recycled Furniture

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G's Mom
G's Mom

What a great find! I love shopping thrift stores to repurpose items. I can find all kinds of fabric to remake clothing for kids and grandkids.

Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure
Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure

THANK YOU so much for featuring my project!

Melissa S
Melissa S

This is beautiful and I do believe it could have been my grandfathers. My mother says it looks slightly familiar.


I have one of my grandmother’s old suitcases I’ve been dying to use for SOMETHING. This is just the thing! Thanks!

Denise in St Louis
Denise in St Louis

What an unusual suitcase! Great way to feature it, serve a purpose, and hide clutter!! Win-win-win! Not to mention add uniqueness to your living space :)

Laura Crow
Laura Crow

great idea. Would love instructions on how it was done!

Lori Burke

Very Cool, love it.

Christel Andrieux

Trop trop bien j’adore

Hilary Burnham

Gosh, I’ve got two of those ‘vintage’ suitcases in the cellar!

Gene John

Great upcycling project.

Melissa S
Melissa S

That might be my grandfathers suitcase :) Henry J. Szatko! I’d love to connect with you about this!!

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