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    Upcycling is a huge trend right now, and we’re so excited about its potential! Today, we will take you through a special project, “UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table.” But first, a brief intro to upcycling.

    If you’re not familiar, upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. For example: stretching out a wire clothes hanger and tying strips of cloth around it to make a wreath = upcycling! Simply put, upcycling gives an item a better purpose.

    We love the concept of upcycling because it gives a fresh perspective on antiques and vintage collectibles. Some people tend to think of antiques as outdated items whose purpose has been exhausted. But, as the saying goes: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Through a regular “UPCYCLED” feature here on our blog, we hope to provide inspirational new uses for old(er) items.

    UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table


    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

     What You’ll Need: Waddell straight top plate hardware (4 x $2.98/apiece); Waddell 8″ tapered table legs (4 x $2.89/apiece); Vintage suitcase; Spray paint or stain for the legs ($0.97); Power drill; Measuring tape.


    •      1) Paint the table legs.
    •      2) Turn the suitcase upside down, measure and mark out the four areas to place the hardware.
    •      3) Fire up the power drill and screw in the hardware.
    •      4) Screw in the legs.



    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

    TOTAL INVESTMENT (aside from suitcase): $24.45

    What we love about this table – aside from its vintage charm – is that you get bonus storage for books, coasters & more by using the inside of the suitcase!


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