Posted on: Dec

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. 🙂


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!


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.


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.


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.


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




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
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