This is so brilliant! Rather than throw out that old suitcase that holds so many wonderful travel memories, why not repurpose it? Debi, with Debi’s Design Diary always seems to know what to do with old pieces and give them an entirely new life!
If you’re in need of a coffee cart, makeup cart or any other reason you’d love to have a cart, then this is a fabulous idea for creating one! This is so incredibly cheap, easy and smart to boot!
She cuts up squares of linen and uses Aileen’s Tacky Glue (mixed with water) to glue them to the surface of the inside of the suitcase. She glues them on in a random pattern, but there were tons of air bubbles under the pieces, so she goes to Anthropology to see the wall, where she got this idea from, to see if she can figure out what she did wrong.
She goes back and starts this project over again. This time she uses a $.99 roller and smoothes the fabric down with it. Since Anthropology has a whitewash painted over their walls, she paints a whitewash (CC Caldwell’s -Vintage White paint and water) over the linen squares. Then she saws the wooden legs and attaches them to the suitcase with double sided screws.
Next she adds the casters to the bottom of the legs. Then she uses a spindle, from a broken chair, the make the push handle. Next, since she since didn’t paint the legs first (because she was excited about getting this done), she paints them black with CC Caldwell’s Vermont Slate to paint the legs and the handle. Next she uses CC’s Non-Toxic Aging Wax to rub into all of the nooks and crannies of the suitcase. She finishes it off with a satin finish. She brushes this on everything but the wheels. This protects the paint and brings the color to life.
Watch Debi, with Debi’s Design Diary’s tutorial so you can make your very own suitcase cart!