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Published on July 22nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


LACK Hack: Vintage Suitcase Table


Materials: LACK side table, vintage suitcase, plywood, drill, screws, red paint, Sharpie

Description: My NYC apartment desperately lacked storage space, so I set out to make a fun side table that would double as board game storage.
I created a dummy table that would fit under the vintage flea market suitcase, screwing the legs from the LACK side table into a thick piece of plywood that I had painted to match. I then attached the table to the bottom of the suitcase with strong screws and bolts, and voila!

Using a Sharpie,I drew a dandelion onto the leftover LACK table top and hung it as wall art.

~ Caroline Clark, United States

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Jules Yap

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22 Responses to LACK Hack: Vintage Suitcase Table

  1. Anonymous says:

    WHat kind of paint did you use? Thanks! Looks great!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I wish I was this creative!

  3. Ms. Mackey says:

    Do you have the pictures from the blue one?

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    love the dandelion! what kind of paint/prep did you do for it? would love to paint a simple design on 3 lack tabletops to use as a headboard. thanks!

  6. Thanks for the link, Anna!
    Also: The LACK table was miraculously the same color as the suitcase, so I didn’t have to paint it. On the blue one, I took the suitcase with me to a hardware store and matched the color to a paint for the legs.

  7. That’s a great way to create storage space.

  8. Anonymous says:

    great idea – beautiful outcome!
    did you have to buy a certain paint for it to adhere to the suitcase and lack?

  9. Anna Shels says:

    What a clever idea! Hope you don’t mind, I linked over to you from my blog and featured this post!

    I want to get hacking too!

  10. Jenn says:

    Wow! You drew that dandelion? It’s amazing!

  11. Betty says:

    So awesome! Love both!

  12. Thanks, everybody! You can see another one I made at under “Creative storage and display solutions”

  13. Sing says:

    I like both of these, very creative and the red is a cool bonus.

  14. AnD says:

    That’s a great idea! 2 great ideas actually..

  15. Anonymous says:

    Was looking for something creative to do this weekend. Thanks!

  16. MacMama says:

    Very nice!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Love this!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    i have soooo many suitcases. I love this!

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