How To Upgrade Your Vintage Suitcase to a Side Table

updated Apr 30, 2019
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I found a gorgeous mustardy yellow vintage suitcase, which I upcycled into a fabulous side table. Not only that, I added extra character to the case with some vintage luggage labels. You can download these vintage luggage labels on my blog for free. This vintage suitcase looks great either as a bedside table or a coffee table. It’s also really useful for storage of stuff like magazines.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: $30

(Image credit: Submitted by Claire)

What You Need


  • Old Suitcase
  • 4″ Hairpin legs
  • Wallpaper scraps (optional)
  • Luggage labels and stickers (these can be downloaded for free on my blog)
  • Wallpaper glue
  • Plyboard


  • Drill & Screws
(Image credit: Submitted by Claire)
(Image credit: Submitted by Claire)


  1. Part of the charm of this particular case was its color and aged look, so I didn’t want to do too much to the outside of it. I just gave it a good clean with some leather cleaner. I used wire wool to scrape away an excess rust from the hinges and lock.
  2. However the lining of the suitcase was not great so I just ripped it out. I then relined it with wallpaper using wallpaper paste. I did this one section at a time cutting the wallpaper pieces to size.
  3. To provide a firm anchor for the hairpin legs, I cut a piece of plywood to fit the base of the suitcase. I covered this in wallpaper and inserted it into the case.
  4. To attach the legs I turned the suitcase over and drilled holes into the underside. Using these holes I fixed the hairpin legs to the base of the suitcase by screwing them to the plyboard.
  5. I scanned in my collection of luggage stickers and labels and printed them off. These were then simply decoupaged to outside to add character and hide any bad blemishes.
(Image credit: Submitted by Claire)

Thanks, Claire! You can see more on Claire’s blog Pillar Box Blue.

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