10.05.2011

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. 

16 comments:

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

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

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  3. You are so creative. I love it!

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

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  5. Really cool idea and it looks great!

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

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

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

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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/

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  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.

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

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