How to

Turn a Vintage Suitcase into a Nightstand

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With its own unique history, a repurposed piece of furniture can add character to a home, promoting sustainability.

Found this beautiful red vintage suitcase at a thrift shop. With its timeless sense of adventure and rustic charm, it will bring a touch of antiquity to any room.

Let’s me show you how I gave this thing new life.

What you need

– Vintage Suitcase – (4) Hairpin Legs – Screws – Power Drill or Screwdriver - Cleaning solution

Clean the suitcase


You don’t know where this suitcase has been. So, the first step is to clean it thoroughly with a cloth and hot soapy water or cleaning product of choice

Put on the Legs


Position your first hairpin leg on the corner of the bottom of the suitcase. Use a drill gun or screwdriver, to screw the legs into the suitcase.

Add the Other Legs


Continue to screw on each leg until all four legs are attached to the suitcase.

Stand it Up


Now it’s time to take a closer look and admire your new upcycled nightstand made from an old vintage suitcase.

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