We have an itty-bitty guestroom, that is just big enough for a single bed, a bookcase and a small nightstand. No room for anything more. I want it to be as inviting and cozy as possible anyway, so I was looking for a nightstand that might work.
I still had my parents little side table that used to be part of a nest of three tables.
I forgot to take a before picture so I stole this one from one of the best furniture makeover blogs In the Fun Lane. My table looked just like this one. A shiny mahogany finish and curvy legs.
I painted it white and distressed the edges. It looked much more modern already. I particularly liked the distressed edges.
But it felt a bit skinny and too low beside the bed. It needed something. Come in one old suitcase.
I found it at my in-laws. The little tag says ‘Bedieningskoffer’, which meant that it used to be the suitcase the priest would take with him when he would go to give someone the last sacraments. I guess that is also why there are all of those holes drilled into it. The incense needed air, perhaps.
At first the former life of this suitcase creeped me out a bit, but then I realized that a) it is still just a suitcase, b) it has retired long ago and c) it brought a lot of comfort to people who needed it. So I decided it was ok to give it a new life.
It works beautifully! It fits the little table perfectly and gives the nightstand exactly the right height. I replaced the label with one saying “Linnengoed”, which means Linens, because I’ll keep the bed linens for the guest bed in there.
I love it when a plan comes together!