Replicating the One That Got Away

Replicating the One That Got Away

Jason Loper
Jun 1, 2011

When I saw this plaid chest on little legs at The Vintage Bazaar, it was love at first sight. Sadly, the love was unrequited. I passed up that darling little chest, with only this photo as a reminder. Fear not! The stars magically aligned and, although I will not be reunited with my little plaid love, there is hope in the distance!

Flitting around on my usual design blog rounds the other day, I came across a post on Design*Sponge about creating a coffee table using a vintage suitcase. I followed the link to Ashley Pochkin's blog, Dingaling Vintage, and it finally all clicked for me. Oprah may have her "aha" moments but I have my "oh duh" moments. As in, "oh duh! I could totally make my own luggage table!"

Using legs she found at Home Depot, Ashley converted a vintage suitcase into a cute little table. I suspect that the plaid chest/table I saw at Vintage Bazaar had been converted in a similar way. And so I am now on the hunt for a cool patterned storage chest or a set of vintage, hard bodied suitcases. If I end up using suitcases, my plan is to take Ashley's design a step further. After creating the base of the table with a large suitcase on legs, I plan to stack two (or more) smaller suitcases atop it. Stacking the suitcases will not only give my table a little more height, it will also add additional storage.

Images: Jason Loper and Ashley Poshkin

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