My mom came up to visit me a while ago and brought a suitcase...I thought she had found it at a garage sale or thrift store...When I opened it weeks later..It was filled with all of my Great Grandma's treasured photo's and cards...I spent hours looking at them..would it be weird to say they smelled just like her? I remembered most of them..even the places where they had been tucked up in her kitchen. It was a really wonderful afternoon I spent with her. Some of those photo's are now my treasures and proudly displayed throughout my house. I put the rest in better storage and my Grandma's suitcase went to the basement..until recently.
I wanted it *use* it somehow. I also just happened to *need* a sidetable about this width, about this length, with storage for my living room....wheels started turning...
I cut 2 pieces of scrap plywood I had from another project and glued them in place..I wasnt too concerned with the "glue" part as I knew Id be securing them a whole lot better later...I painted it..and distressed it with steel wool..I wanted it to keep its vintage suitcase glory, but I didnt want it to stand out as an old painted suitcase...I know ~ complicated...but I knew what I was talking about and thats what kinda mattered.. After the paint was dry, I used dark wax to not only seal and protect it, but also to give it some "dirt" and age...I kept some of the hardware in its original metal form, others I painted out..all part of the master plan. In anycase, I cut out another sheet of wood..covered it in fabric. I stained some legs in dark walnut. Going back to that glued on plywood, I drilled the legs into the base of the suitcase and thru the 2 layers of plywood..making it all forever secure...Flipped the whole thing over and Viola!
Guess where all those Wii remotes/light sabers/mario kart steering wheels are now? Much different cargo than it used to hold when it was used. I left the rest of the inside intact with the original lined paper and tie downs..
I love it! I LOVE it! Everytime I look at it, Im in my Great Granda's kitchen again..eating Dad's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, listening to her tell my mom stories in Ukrainian-English and showing off her new pictures.
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