Posted on: Dec
29

2015
DIY Upcycled Suitcase Side Table

Guest blog by Jackie Hausler of haus2home

FTC disclosure: Valu Home Centers sponsored this blog post. The opinions I shared about shopping at these locations below and using the discussed materials are my own.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Shopping local to create upcycled home decor is a win-win-win situation; the local shops get your business, you get to be creative, and your house will thank you for making it so pretty.

I wanted to give a little life to the area next to my couch in my reading room.

I don’t know if you can tell by the look on my dog’s face but she clearly wants it to be made-over as well. 🙂

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For this blog post, I started my shopping adventure at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

It’s always a pleasure shopping at the “Sal Vay” because not only is it helping a good cause, but its also encouraging the practice of what haus2home is all about; reclaiming, reusing and upcycling! I found lots of hidden treasures for inspiration and walked out with a lamp, a shelf, a suitcase and some lace!

Then, I headed to my local Valu Home Center for supplies!


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For this project, you will need:

  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper or a sanding block
  • Spray paint
  • Cleaning rag
  • Lace
  • Suitcase (or other surface to be painted)

I started this upcycling project by prepping everything for paint.

This included taking all the price tags off with some cleaning solution, cleaning any dust or particles off with a wet rag, sanding, and taping.

I decided I wanted everything to be the same color, so I went with a Krylon White Glossy paint.


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Tip: When using spay paint, I always read the back of the can because not all spray paints are used the same.

I went ahead and gave everything nice thin coats, letting the paint dry between each one.

Next, using the lace I found at the Thrift Shop, I decided to try a new technique and spray another color on top of the white creating a lace effect.


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Ta da!

Once it was all dry, I placed the suitcase on top of a small table to create a larger surface for an end table.


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Now, if you’re ready for all the “after” photos…here they are!


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Questions? Comments? Leave them below!  And remember to always reclaim, reuse and upcycle!


Shopping for #DIY supplies at The Salvation Army Thrift Store is a great way to support their mission year round. All proceeds from the stores benefit The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. To learn more, visit salvationarmy.org.
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