A New Side Table for the Guestroom

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.

Before picture (van In the fun lane)

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.

White table detail

I painted it white and distressed the edges. It looked much more modern already. I particularly liked the distressed edges.

White sidetable

But it felt a bit skinny and too low beside the bed. It needed something. Come in one old suitcase.

Suitcase before

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.

Inspired and encouraged by Sarah’s beautiful white suitcases, I found the courage to simply paint it.

White suitcase nightstand

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.

White suitcase with new label

I love it when a plan comes together!

 

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  1. Katherine Thomas says

    I love this idea! Can you post some tips on how to do the stripping/painting? I'd love to redo some of my oak furniture from the 80's.

  2. Katherine Thomas says

    I love this idea! Can you post some tips on how to do the stripping/painting? I'd love to redo some of my oak furniture from the 80's.

  3. Crafty Cripple says

    The suitcase certainly made a difference to the side table. What a lovely way to use something that had long ago been retired.

  4. Crafty Cripple says

    The suitcase certainly made a difference to the side table. What a lovely way to use something that had long ago been retired.

  5. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    By the way, when are we going to get to hear you sing??? Ladies, she's not called "Songbird" for nothing.

  6. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    By the way, when are we going to get to hear you sing??? Ladies, she's not called "Songbird" for nothing.

  7. Something White says

    Hoi M.,
    wat een geweldig idee om die koffer ook gelijk mee in het wit te zetten! Zo krijg je een mooi, charmant geheel en het staat lekker fris, al dat wit. Vorig jaar zag ik trouwens ook bij Aldi zulke strijkplank-hoezen met Jouy-print liggen en dat voor nog geen 4 euro. Ik had net al de mijne, anders had ik beslist eentje daar gekocht: prima kwaliteit en mooi. Mochten ze nog eens in de rekken liggen, laat ik het wel weten :)
    Groetjes, fijn weekend, al dan niet ´Valentijn´ of carnaval,
    Marjolijn

  8. Something White says

    Hoi M.,
    wat een geweldig idee om die koffer ook gelijk mee in het wit te zetten! Zo krijg je een mooi, charmant geheel en het staat lekker fris, al dat wit. Vorig jaar zag ik trouwens ook bij Aldi zulke strijkplank-hoezen met Jouy-print liggen en dat voor nog geen 4 euro. Ik had net al de mijne, anders had ik beslist eentje daar gekocht: prima kwaliteit en mooi. Mochten ze nog eens in de rekken liggen, laat ik het wel weten :)
    Groetjes, fijn weekend, al dan niet ´Valentijn´ of carnaval,
    Marjolijn

  9. Bird says

    Whata fun idea!! I have a small tbale like that, and all I need now is the case!! :)

    I am definately doing that as soon as I get a thrifty score next!!

  10. Bird says

    Whata fun idea!! I have a small tbale like that, and all I need now is the case!! :)

    I am definately doing that as soon as I get a thrifty score next!!

  11. Lori says

    oh, Marianne!!! i wish i could pay you to come over here and whiten and brighten some of my dark wood furniture…what a gorgeous makeover!!!

  12. Lori says

    oh, Marianne!!! i wish i could pay you to come over here and whiten and brighten some of my dark wood furniture…what a gorgeous makeover!!!

  13. Pink Princess says

    MOOI geworden joh! IK heb nog de oude koffer die mijn opa en oma altijd meenamen naar Canada, dank voor het ideetje.♥♥

    Heel fijn weekend ♥.

  14. Pink Princess says

    MOOI geworden joh! IK heb nog de oude koffer die mijn opa en oma altijd meenamen naar Canada, dank voor het ideetje.♥♥

    Heel fijn weekend ♥.

  15. Sherri @ Design2Shine says

    I love it! And it IS beautiful! I just picked up a couple of old suitcases at the Flea Market last weekend. I feel a project coming on.

  16. Sherri @ Design2Shine says

    I love it! And it IS beautiful! I just picked up a couple of old suitcases at the Flea Market last weekend. I feel a project coming on.

  17. mzerr says

    What a beautiful idea! The table itself is beautiful with the slight distressing, but the suitcase on top just makes it pop! I love it!

    Melissa

  18. mzerr says

    What a beautiful idea! The table itself is beautiful with the slight distressing, but the suitcase on top just makes it pop! I love it!

    Melissa

  19. MrsKBJ says

    What a great idea! Iove the way your side table turned out! Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your orchid tips. Do they grow new flowers each year? Last year I trimmed the stalk off the one in my bedroom, I hope he will grow a new one.

  20. MrsKBJ says

    What a great idea! Iove the way your side table turned out! Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your orchid tips. Do they grow new flowers each year? Last year I trimmed the stalk off the one in my bedroom, I hope he will grow a new one.

  21. westy says

    I found you blog from reading comments on abeachcottage – wow I love blogs – yours is wonderful.
    check me out sometime I'm fairly new to the whole thing and would love a comment.

  22. westy says

    I found you blog from reading comments on abeachcottage – wow I love blogs – yours is wonderful.
    check me out sometime I'm fairly new to the whole thing and would love a comment.

  23. Cori says

    Simply gorgeous! A reminder for all of us that its not only OK to paint some of our old furniture or flea market finds, but HEAVENLY. Happy Valentine's Weekend.

    Cori

  24. Cori says

    Simply gorgeous! A reminder for all of us that its not only OK to paint some of our old furniture or flea market finds, but HEAVENLY. Happy Valentine's Weekend.

    Cori

  25. lia says

    Het is een mooi logeerkamertje geworden. En hoop dat de verf op de koffer blijft zitten, staat wel erg leuk.

    groetjes Lia

  26. lia says

    Het is een mooi logeerkamertje geworden. En hoop dat de verf op de koffer blijft zitten, staat wel erg leuk.

    groetjes Lia

  27. Cozy Little House says

    I love this, Marianne! You should submit this to a decorating magazine. It is so perfect; wonderful place for the bed linens. I love when furniture pieces are functional as well as just plain pretty. This is one cool idea!
    Brenda

  28. Cozy Little House says

    I love this, Marianne! You should submit this to a decorating magazine. It is so perfect; wonderful place for the bed linens. I love when furniture pieces are functional as well as just plain pretty. This is one cool idea!
    Brenda

  29. Jessi says

    I love it! And I agree, the past life of the suitcase creeped me out at first as well. But, y6ou are so right…it helped to deliver comfort. So indeed, it fits well in a guest room. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Jessi says

    I love it! And I agree, the past life of the suitcase creeped me out at first as well. But, y6ou are so right…it helped to deliver comfort. So indeed, it fits well in a guest room. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Charlene says

    I LOVE what you did with the suitcase!!!! Wonderful! And a little itty bitty room filled with such wonder is a pleasure indeed. Thanks for sharing. Charlene

  32. Charlene says

    I LOVE what you did with the suitcase!!!! Wonderful! And a little itty bitty room filled with such wonder is a pleasure indeed. Thanks for sharing. Charlene

  33. Andy Porter says

    That is shockingly cute! I would never have thought to change the suitcase. Brilliant! Perfect for your guest room. Thanks so much for linking!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

  34. Andy Porter says

    That is shockingly cute! I would never have thought to change the suitcase. Brilliant! Perfect for your guest room. Thanks so much for linking!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

  35. The Pleasures of Homemaking says

    Marvelous! Somehow, painting a suitcase just never occurred to me. The table and suitcase look wonderful together – what a beautiful solution!

    Manuela

  36. The Pleasures of Homemaking says

    Marvelous! Somehow, painting a suitcase just never occurred to me. The table and suitcase look wonderful together – what a beautiful solution!

    Manuela

  37. Elly says

    Móóóói je koffer en nacht"kastje"! Apart verhaal van het koffertje! Maar op deze manier krijgt hij een heel nieuw 2e leven! Fijn weekend, groetjes Elly

  38. Elly says

    Móóóói je koffer en nacht"kastje"! Apart verhaal van het koffertje! Maar op deze manier krijgt hij een heel nieuw 2e leven! Fijn weekend, groetjes Elly

  39. Lavender hearts says

    My oh my, the makeover queen has done it again! :-)

    I love the fcat that you have 'chipped' the paint. The number of old suitcases I've seen – wish I'd though of painting them before!

  40. Lavender hearts says

    My oh my, the makeover queen has done it again! :-)

    I love the fcat that you have 'chipped' the paint. The number of old suitcases I've seen – wish I'd though of painting them before!

  41. gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com says

    great idea that turned out really beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments! How sweet!
    have a great weekend!
    gail

  42. gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com says

    great idea that turned out really beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments! How sweet!
    have a great weekend!
    gail

  43. alice says

    WOW I LOVE IT TOO WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER SO BEAUTIFULLY! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. LOVE YOUR BLOG. I WILL BE FOLLOWING.
    SMILES, ALICE

  44. alice says

    WOW I LOVE IT TOO WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER SO BEAUTIFULLY! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. LOVE YOUR BLOG. I WILL BE FOLLOWING.
    SMILES, ALICE

  45. PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood says

    I love the idea of suitcases for design and storage. I have one that has been waiting for me. So many projects, so little time. Yours is fantabulous!!!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  46. PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood says

    I love the idea of suitcases for design and storage. I have one that has been waiting for me. So many projects, so little time. Yours is fantabulous!!!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  47. Funky Junk Interiors says

    My jaw just hit the floor! You've managed to turn funky junk into beautiful treasures! Oh my goodness girl! The wait for you to join in the party was WORTH it!

    I'm in LOVE with this one! And I want to do this!

    Thanks for linking up! Check the side bar because you'll be in it during the weekend. :)

    FJ Donna

  48. Funky Junk Interiors says

    My jaw just hit the floor! You've managed to turn funky junk into beautiful treasures! Oh my goodness girl! The wait for you to join in the party was WORTH it!

    I'm in LOVE with this one! And I want to do this!

    Thanks for linking up! Check the side bar because you'll be in it during the weekend. :)

    FJ Donna

  49. Chari says

    Hi Marianne…

    My friend…what a fabulous makeover!!! You are certainly the clever one…adding that darling suitcase was a stroke of genius!!! I love your pretty little bedside table makeover…love the distressed white finish! It sure brightened it up and feels refreshed! Now…I love, love, LOVE the suitcase! It's just so perfect sitting there atop your pretty table! They look as though they were made for one another! Bravo!!! Love it! Thank you for sharing it with us! I'm coming over from Beth's mantel party…

    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS…I am curious though…tried to figure out why there were little holes in the suitcase? Hmmm…guess they will work for letting your pretty bed linens breathe!!! Hehe!

  50. Chari says

    Hi Marianne…

    My friend…what a fabulous makeover!!! You are certainly the clever one…adding that darling suitcase was a stroke of genius!!! I love your pretty little bedside table makeover…love the distressed white finish! It sure brightened it up and feels refreshed! Now…I love, love, LOVE the suitcase! It's just so perfect sitting there atop your pretty table! They look as though they were made for one another! Bravo!!! Love it! Thank you for sharing it with us! I'm coming over from Beth's mantel party…

    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS…I am curious though…tried to figure out why there were little holes in the suitcase? Hmmm…guess they will work for letting your pretty bed linens breathe!!! Hehe!

  51. LiLi M. says

    Goed idee om zo dat tafeltje wat op te leuken en zo heb je nog wat extra bergruimte (nooit weg) ook!
    Fijn weekend, Carnaval en/of Valentijn? Hoe dan ook ik hoop dat je je heel goed amuseert! Misschien krijgen we nog wel een make over van jou te zien…ik kan me zo'n prachtige foto in vuurtinten herinneren waar je totaal onherkenbaar opstaat…misschien ben je nu ook wel helemaal wit…hihihi heb je de smaak echt te pakken!! Veel plezier!

  52. LiLi M. says

    Goed idee om zo dat tafeltje wat op te leuken en zo heb je nog wat extra bergruimte (nooit weg) ook!
    Fijn weekend, Carnaval en/of Valentijn? Hoe dan ook ik hoop dat je je heel goed amuseert! Misschien krijgen we nog wel een make over van jou te zien…ik kan me zo'n prachtige foto in vuurtinten herinneren waar je totaal onherkenbaar opstaat…misschien ben je nu ook wel helemaal wit…hihihi heb je de smaak echt te pakken!! Veel plezier!

  53. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    If Sarah is your inspiration, I'd say you captured the style perfectly! It's a great vignette, Marianne!

    Amy

  54. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    If Sarah is your inspiration, I'd say you captured the style perfectly! It's a great vignette, Marianne!

    Amy

  55. Miss Mustard Seed says

    I am super impressed! You took two very ordinary pieces and made them look amazing! The white paint worked wonders and the little details make the piece. Wonderful job, Maryanne!

  56. Miss Mustard Seed says

    I am super impressed! You took two very ordinary pieces and made them look amazing! The white paint worked wonders and the little details make the piece. Wonderful job, Maryanne!

  57. Lost In Tarnation says

    I absolutely love it!!! Fantastic job of combining odd items for a finished piece that looks like it was made to be together.

  58. Lost In Tarnation says

    I absolutely love it!!! Fantastic job of combining odd items for a finished piece that looks like it was made to be together.

  59. Vintage Simple says

    I love it – down to the little fish net doily at the base of the lamp. The whole thing is beautiful and I love the attention to even the smallest detail.

    best,
    -maria

  60. Vintage Simple says

    I love it – down to the little fish net doily at the base of the lamp. The whole thing is beautiful and I love the attention to even the smallest detail.

    best,
    -maria

  61. Crafty Mama says

    He wat een geweldig idee! Staat super zo… alsof hij er voor gemaakt is!
    Mmm zie dat ik nog steeds je naam moet aanpassen in mn bloglijst *schaam* Eerst maar eens doen haha… fijne dag!

  62. Crafty Mama says

    He wat een geweldig idee! Staat super zo… alsof hij er voor gemaakt is!
    Mmm zie dat ik nog steeds je naam moet aanpassen in mn bloglijst *schaam* Eerst maar eens doen haha… fijne dag!

  63. Kara says

    I would really Love to know how you painted the suitcase. There was a suitcase I saw the other day at an atique shop for $7. If it is still there today, I think I might try to pick it up for this type of make-over. Did you spray paint it or brush it on? What type of paint did you use? Do you have to sand it or pre-treat it in anyway? I would love your advice.

    -Kara
    kle.design@hotmail.com

  64. Kara says

    I would really Love to know how you painted the suitcase. There was a suitcase I saw the other day at an atique shop for $7. If it is still there today, I think I might try to pick it up for this type of make-over. Did you spray paint it or brush it on? What type of paint did you use? Do you have to sand it or pre-treat it in anyway? I would love your advice.

    -Kara
    kle.design@hotmail.com

  65. Piro says

    Hi Marianne,
    love the suitcase as well. I am also interested what kind of primer(brand) and paint you used(brand). I'm from germany and just discovered your great blog via Design*Sponge.
    THnx for sharing
    Piro

  66. Piro says

    Hi Marianne,
    love the suitcase as well. I am also interested what kind of primer(brand) and paint you used(brand). I'm from germany and just discovered your great blog via Design*Sponge.
    THnx for sharing
    Piro

  67. Marianne@Songbird says

    For anybody and Piro in particular (who asked a question but didn't leave an emailadres!).
    I used a general spray primer after a good clean. I then added a waterbased lack with a brush, it took two coats to get good coverage.

  68. Marianne@Songbird says

    For anybody and Piro in particular (who asked a question but didn't leave an emailadres!).
    I used a general spray primer after a good clean. I then added a waterbased lack with a brush, it took two coats to get good coverage.

  69. Susie Jefferson says

    Very elegant (though I'd expect nothing less from you, lol). And a great excuse, as if I needed one, to go trawling round some old junk shops and antique shops.

    Good tip for you – for nooks & crannies (rg: mouldings) you can't get into to sand, sugar soap is great (and you can get in with an old toothbrush) then a quick rinse… really gives a nice surface for the paint.

  70. Susie Jefferson says

    Very elegant (though I'd expect nothing less from you, lol). And a great excuse, as if I needed one, to go trawling round some old junk shops and antique shops.

    Good tip for you – for nooks & crannies (rg: mouldings) you can't get into to sand, sugar soap is great (and you can get in with an old toothbrush) then a quick rinse… really gives a nice surface for the paint.

  71. Ali says

    This is adorable! I can't believe how elegant an old suitcase can look by being painted white. I love it.

  72. Ali says

    This is adorable! I can't believe how elegant an old suitcase can look by being painted white. I love it.

  73. Anonymous says

    Thanx marianne!!!
    Sorry about the missing emailadress:(
    But i dont know where to write it, so it`s still invisible for other readers.
    Piro

  74. Anonymous says

    Thanx marianne!!!
    Sorry about the missing emailadress:(
    But i dont know where to write it, so it`s still invisible for other readers.
    Piro

  75. freckled laundry says

    I LOVE this. I saw it on a site somewhere about two weeks ago but they didn't link the photo credit so I had no idea who did it. I figured the brilliant mind behind it would have more great things…and you do!

    Jami

  76. freckled laundry says

    I LOVE this. I saw it on a site somewhere about two weeks ago but they didn't link the photo credit so I had no idea who did it. I figured the brilliant mind behind it would have more great things…and you do!

    Jami

  77. Gloria Fox says

    What a perfect idea! I have a small table just like that. It is too low and looks out of scale, but putting a suitcase like that on top will do the job. Now to find one…

  78. Gloria Fox says

    What a perfect idea! I have a small table just like that. It is too low and looks out of scale, but putting a suitcase like that on top will do the job. Now to find one…

  79. Agent M says

    Hi Marianne, my name is Marianne too and I LOVE this project. I'm about to try and replicate it by making a coffee table – can you send me some tips about how you distressed and painted the side table and suitcase? Did you use oil-based or latex-based primer? Did you use latex paint, or again, oil? I want to make sure that I do it right since I don't want to screw up a beautiful old suitcase!!! Thanks, your blog is beautiful!!!

  80. Agent M says

    Hi Marianne, my name is Marianne too and I LOVE this project. I'm about to try and replicate it by making a coffee table – can you send me some tips about how you distressed and painted the side table and suitcase? Did you use oil-based or latex-based primer? Did you use latex paint, or again, oil? I want to make sure that I do it right since I don't want to screw up a beautiful old suitcase!!! Thanks, your blog is beautiful!!!

  81. Good Time Charlie says

    Absolutely adorable idea. I love the use of old suitcase, esp. when made into furniture. Visiting from Roadside Rescue.

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