For a recent makeover in my Daughters room, we were short on a side table. So rather than having to go out and buy one I really wanted to try and use things that I already had. She had an old square basket that had a flip top lid which she used as a laundry basket. It was pretty worn and needed some loving. So armed with my paint brush and some chalk mix paint inspiration struck. This is where my Vintage Farmhouse Suitcase Side Table project came to life!
Vintage Farmhouse Suitcase Side Table
- Cane basket or something similar
- Vintage Suitcase
- White Chalk Mix Paint
- Drop Cloth Scrap
- French Script Stencil
- Black Americana Acrylic paint
- Number Tag
- Small Peg
- Glue Gun
As you can see from the picture the basket sure had seen better days. Yes, the cane is coming away in certain areas but the overall structure of the basket is fine. I know that most people would just throw this away but I just think it adds to the character of the piece! Don’t you think?
Step 1 – Using some white chalk mix paint lightly give the entire basket a coat of paint. You’re better off starting with lighter coats and then adding more to get the coverage you want. Otherwise the paint clumps and gives an uneven look.
Step 2 – Cut out a piece of scrap drop cloth. Then stencil on the french script using your spouncer and black paint. Let dry. Once dry peg on your number tag with your small peg and then glue gun to the front of the basket.
Step 3 – Sit your Vintage suitcase on the top and style!
I hope that this little project has inspired you to think about using things that you already have!
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oh, wow!! Sam you knocked it out of the park with this project! I love it so much!!!!!!!
Aww you’re too kind Kellie!! I am so glad you like it!! 🙂
Sam, this is a great idea, I love it! How cool that you got the side table you needed and you didn’t have to go out and buy one, plus this one is so unique, I bet your daughter loves it!
Thank you so much, Katrin! She hasn’t seen it in real life yet 🙁 But she is coming home this weekend to will get to see it then! I’m so glad you like it!! 🙂
Oh My Sam I actually have the same basket !! it is painted white and currently holds all my wrapping paper lol I love your idea more though
Sam, Awesome use of an old vintage suitcase. Love the look!
Thank you, Laure! It was a fun little project!
I envy people like you that simply have an eye for really great decorating!! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!!
Aww, thank you, Helen! I have always loved pottering around and changing things around!