Suitcase Table

Once upon a time I lived in California. While living there I made a suitcase table. Not only did I love it but I often received complements on it from friends.  When I relocated to Texas I only took with me what would fit into my vehicle so my beloved table was sold on craigslist. 

Fast forward to last week, when I laid eyes on this baby at a antique store. Of course I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make him into. 

We headed to Lowe's to look around for a set of legs for our new friend. Since they only sold small (too short) or the taller version, I came home with the later. 

They were very easy to cut to size seeing as I just took off the very top just before the "ball" starts. 

Then I sprayed them black. 

Mr. Arkansas drilled holes and bolted in the legs for me. 

And here he is: 

Proudly named "Ole Henry" seeing as the suitcase is marked with Mr. Henry Szatko's name. 

I love pieces with history, but I also love pieces with unknown history. I mean who was Mr. Henry Szatko? I wonder what he would say if he walked in and saw his old suitcase there as a table. Was he an aspiring rock star and he traveled the world hoping to make it big? Was he a traveling shoe salesman? I guess I'll never know in the meantime I'll daydream. 


  1. I LOVE IT! Dude, you're so creative!

  2. Love this. I want one of my own!! :)

  3. You are so creative. I love it!

  4. Totally love this...super cute!!

  5. Really cool idea and it looks great!

  6. Holy crap, Rach. You come up with some of the coolest ideas I've ever seen. Seriously.

  7. Holy crap, Rach. You come up with some of the coolest ideas I've ever seen. Seriously.

  8. Holy crap, Rach. You come up with some of the coolest ideas I've ever seen. Seriously.

  9. awesome!! I want one!! :)

  10. Thanks, hope you dont mind if i pinch your idea I have a shop in Appledore u.k where it's all recycled stuff Have a look you may see an idea of mine you fancy a go at.

    Best wishes, Josie, www.seagreenofappledore.co.uk

  11. This is really nice. I had a suitcase very similar that was my grandfather's. It had his initials and stickers from so many places he had gone. I am afraid I let someone talk me into tossing it (I am a horrible packrat and the house tends to fill to the rafters.) I hope not. If I did I will definitely be watching for another one.

  12. Love the asymmetrical design of the front of the suitcase. Thanks for sharing we us on The Weekly Round-up. http://itsablogparty.com/the-weekly-round-up-2012-0302/

  13. I just bought a suitcase very, very similar to yours. Slanted opening, sections inside, the separating curtain inside, etc. Do you know who made your suitcase? I would like to find out a bit more about the age of it, etc. I can't find any indication on the outside and don't want to disturb the lining inside.

    1. No makers marks that I can tell on mine either sorry!


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