Vintage Suitcase Table Bar

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DIY Vintage Suitcase Bar Table Tutorial

I bought this super cute Vintage Monarch Suitcase at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago for a whopping $1.99! I knew I wanted to make a cute conversation piece out of her, but I was not sure what to do. I loved the color, so I didn’t want to paint it.

While going over emails this morning I spied one of my old spray paint projects looking a little ho hum in my kitchen. Amazing enough it was the almost the same color as my suitcase. So I joined the two together to make this cute Vintage Suitcase Table Bar. This was a super easy project, literally all you need is some bolts and a drill! Here’s how I did it~

Vintage Suitcase Table Bar



Telphone table to suitcase bar

The old table before.

Remove table hardware

The first thing I did was remove the old railing hardware from the top of the table so the suitcase has a flat surface to bolt onto.

how to make a suitcase table

Turn the table and suitcase upside down and measure so that the table is in the center of the suitcase. Mark four drill holes evenly on the underside of the table. My table already had holes from the railing hardware I removed so I used them.

drill holes through suitcase

Note**If you need to make your own holes, draw a circle around the edge of the table on the bottom of your suitcase. Then mark your holes and drill using a 1/4 drill bit on the marked areas through the suitcase. Lay the suitcase on the table and mark the holes with a pen onto the wood table top and drill your holes through the table.

Make a suitcase table

Match up the holes with the bolts and washers to attach suitcase. I used a large washer next to the bolt on the inside of the suitcase and a small washer next to the bolt under the table.

Bolt suitcase to table

Tighten your nuts and bolts then you are done!So easy and I can’t believe I did not have to paint it! I was thinking of going with black or white and I still might. If I decide to upgrade the table, I will post it here! I am also thinking of tons of other uses for this cutie. Maybe in a party setting for plates and silverware. Or even a plant holder outside on the deck. I hope you liked this super easy craft! Enjoy!

Vintage Monarch Suitcase bar table

Vintage Suitcase Table

These vintage keys were inside the suitcase~ How cool are they?

Vintage Suitcase Craft Bar


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  1. I have this exact same suitcase! Actually I have 2 of them, they were my Mom’s. One’s slightly bigger than the other. The smaller one the locks are rusted shut and it won’t open, but for years now I have used it as a base for the bigger one, which will open. I put a red checkered oil cloth in it and plant it with geraniums and put them on my wicker table on the porch with a “Welcome” sign hanging on it. Always looks fabulous. I have 2 other old suitcases that were my Dad’s that I’ve been hauling around for years with no real purpose. Now I know I’m going to make a bar out of them. That’s for the idea.

  2. I LOVE this! I am obsessed with Vintage luggage. I stack it and use it to store my Etsy inventory. Also my local thrift store had end tables made with some 40s Samsonite cases for 50% off so I HAD to get two :) The bar table is so clever–I’m impressed! Blessings, Cecilia

  3. This is amazing. I have an old suitcase that was my grandparents. My mother gave it to me after they passed. I have been using it to store and display Christmas decorations. I think I should use it for this. Then it would be displayed all the time!

  4. So shabby chic! Thank you for sharing on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  5. Thanks so much for the sweet comments everyone! I’m glad you liked my idea!

  6. I just popped back to say thanks for sharing your post at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I’m so thrilled you joined in! I’ve just pinned this & shared on G+.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thanks so much Natasha for sharing! I’m glad you liked my suitcase!

  7. LOVE this idea. Every time I’m at the mall I stop at a very high end store that has a suitcase table I drool over. Featuring you when my link party opens up tonight.

  8. So unique and fun! Thanks for linking up to Show & Share! This was the most viewed link!

    1. Wow and great! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Oh my gosh…what a cute idea! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  10. What a creative way to combine two old items into something totally unique and fun. Stopping by from the SITS DIY link up.

  11. I love vintage luggage. I have one similar blue one that I use to travel my shop items in. I lined it with square baskets from the Dollar store to keep stuff organized. You bar looks wonderful! Great conversation piece for some fun cocktail parties.

  12. I love the creative freedom in this. Bravo!!
    Stopping by via Natasha’s.

  13. That is so clever-what a brilliant idea! It looks amazing, Kim!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a fabulous addition.

    Best wishes for a wonderful week.
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thanks so much Natasha! i linked up at your weekend party!

  14. I am always amazed at what people are doing with vintage stuff…alot of things from my “time”! I wish I could do this, but I just don’t have the talent.. I’m better at the needle and thread for memories! But I love your bar!

  15. This looks amazing and what a great way to repurpose the suitcase. If I see suitcases like this I immediatly buy them. I was lucky enough to purchase 3 at Goodwill for $5.99! These are great for decoupage and can be repurposed into some great furniture as you have done here! wonderful job! : )

    1. Thanks so much! That made me feel better…I really liked it until my husband came upstairs and said he just didn’t get it. Lol! Thanks for the support lol!

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