How to Turn a Boring Bureau into an Epic Stack of Suitcases
I have always loved those pictures of vintage suitcases stacked one on top of the other. There’s just something about the look that makes me think of a life well-traveled and filled with adventure. Those stacks of suitcases evoke memories of faraway places and conquering the unknown.
I wanted my own stack of suitcases sooo badly. But they’ve become horribly expensive, and it’s quite a challenge finding a set that looks good together. We do, however, have a very boring pine chest of drawers, or bureau as it’s called in America, that desperately needed a makeover.
We’ve had the chest of drawers for about 20 years now, and her bones were still good, unlike that other cupboard that was falling apart. The drawers slide nicely, and there’s tons of storage space for all our t-shirts and jerseys. But she needed a facelift. Kinda like her owner 😉 And the only facelift I wanted to give her involved these really battered suitcases that we found at the local hospice.
Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place
There was even a tatty old handbag thrown into the mix.
I think I paid R40 for everything, which included two briefcases, the handbag, 4 floppy suitcases, and one of those old cardboard school suitcases. That’s not even $5, but they were really badly damaged.
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How To Repurpose a Chest Of Drawers into a Stack of Suitcases
To start the makeover, we removed everything worth saving from those battered suitcases. The handles, locks, buckles, straps, bits of leather, even the tags, if they were pretty enough.
Some of the handles were easy to remove, and for some of the others, we had to use a combination of tin snips, hammer, and brute force to get them off 😀
Once the suitcases had been totally destroyed, we had everything we needed to turn that boring dresser into a vintage stack of suitcases.
Getting the Chest of Drawers Ready for her Makeover
We removed all the drawers and took the little wooden knobs off.
Using lots of elbow grease and a sander, we stripped the varnish and gave the dresser’s frame a deep lustrous coat of Rustoleum’s American Walnut stain and sealer to match the decor in our bedroom.
Then it was time to start playing around. The hubby and I both work full-time as IT geeks (aka nerds) for large banks, so the only time we can DIY is usually over a weekend. Fortunately for us, most banks in South Africa have an IT freeze during December, which means we can’t work. And that gave us more than enough time to tackle the drawers.
Each Drawer Needed to Look Unique
I really wanted them all to be different and still form a harmonious whole. So I needed to limit myself to colors from the same temperature family or find one or two colors and then use variations of those colors. Because the dresser had been stained in a rich brown, we decided to stick with the warmer tones. The first drawer we made over was this one.
We sprayed the whole drawer with metallic copper, which seemed like a good idea, but as soon as we put the drawer next to the walnut-stained dresser, it looked too cold and, well, metallic!! Bling, bling definitely didn’t fit the whole vintage feel we were going for. To tone her down, we used a piece of hessian as a stencil before applying a coat of brown paint over the metallic paint.
Keeping The Real Suitcase Look
One of the other things I really wanted to do was retain that tactile feeling of a real suitcase. So we used contact adhesive to glue some of the leather we’d salvaged from the damaged suitcases to cover the drawers. The drawers are quite wide, so the leather had to be joined. The salvaged suitcase buckles were perfect for hiding the small gap where the leather came together. We just glued them over the join.
And if you don’t have enough salvaged leather bits to cover a long drawer and hide the joins, you can always turn one drawer into two suitcases 😉
Oh and save those leftover faux leather bits so you can use the pieces to repurpose DVD cases to make an awesome vertical garden. All the suitcase handles were screwed onto the front of the drawers.
And the locks, buckles, and straps were either glued on or screwed on.
And for the lip of the suitcase, I used a permanent marker and a ruler.
Adding Fun Labels
No stack of suitcases is complete without a stamp or sticker to show where you’ve been, right? The Graphics Fairy was my go-to place to get a few of those. As luck would have it, one of the labels was for Sinclair’s conditioning powder. Can you guess what the hubby’s surname is 😉
I have to be honest. The dresser facelift took us way longer than I thought, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Every drawer is unique, and besides the time and the stain, it only cost us about R150 for the whole makeover. That’s about $10 😀 And since the handles are all screwed into the drawers, pulling them open is a breeze. We used a thread sealant called Loctite on the screws before we screwed them in, just to make sure they didn’t come loose. Those babies ain’t going nowhere 😉
What do you think? Was it worth the time? I really wanted to write a post about how we changed each drawer, but looking through all the photos, I forgot to take a whole bunch. So the best I can do is share some tips if you’d like to do something similar.
Tips on how to repurpose a bureau or chest of drawers into a stack of suitcases
- Look for really, really damaged suitcases. The ones with big rips in them and bent frames. All you want is the “hardware” (the handles, locks, buckles, and interesting bits). If the locks don’t close, that’s also okay. You can just glue them shut.
- Before painting or staining the dresser, choose a color palette that matches or compliments your existing decor. We have terracotta tiles throughout the house, so we tend to stick with warmer colors.
- Choose a muted, neutral color for the dresser’s frame to anchor the piece. The walnut stain we used creates a beautiful backdrop to showcase each drawer.
- Don’t worry too much if the suitcases don’t match. Everything can be painted. We used a wash of acrylic paint to “warm-up” the leather that we stuck on the drawer second from the bottom. Even the hardware can be painted to fit your color scheme
Never underestimate the power of paint
- If you don’t want to glue leather onto the drawers, you can play around with interesting stencils or just paint each drawer before adding the hardware.
- Add interesting touches, and don’t be scared to mix and match the salvaged bits. Look at pictures of actual suitcases and try and mimic the look. We used bits of leather on the corner of some of the drawers and stuck them on with glue and thumbtacks.
- To create a “lip” (the portion where the lid goes over the suitcase) just use a ruler and a sharpie to draw a line all the way across. About 1/3 of the way down from the top.
- Make sure to align the handles in the center of the drawers before screwing them in. You don’t want your luggage chest of drawers to look like it’s going to topple over 😉
- Treat each drawer as an individual work of art. Take your time. We tackled one drawer a day and experimented with all the bits and pieces until we were happy before sticking or screwing everything down.
- A few labels or stamps add to the vintage feel. The Graphics Fairy has a whole bunch that you can download for free. She’s the best.
- Don’t be afraid to give it a try. It may take a few days but flipping boring furniture into a statement piece for your home is worth every second.
I Love Our Epic Stack of Suitcases
Every time I look at the chest of drawers, erhmm, I mean stack of suitcases, I feel like a modern-day Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, dreaming of a world of travel. I’m ready to pack up and go at a moment’s notice 😉 And she looks so lovely with our room divider nightstands.
But I would love to know what you think of the idea of turning a boring dresser into a stack of suitcases. Is it something you would do?
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276 thoughts on “How to Turn a Boring Bureau into an Epic Stack of Suitcases”
This is one of the best makeovers I’ve seen on Hometalk. You have a great sense of style and artistic flair. I especially appreciate how you made each drawer to be so unique. It’s an excellent transformation. It must be great fun having it in your home.
Keep up the ingenuity!
Thank you so much, Patricia. It still makes me smile every morning when I wake up 😀
I love it, you did a great job! I don’t see myself tackling it, but maybe you’re for hire? 😉
😀 I wish. Sadly I have a full-time job and can only do crafts and DIY on the weekends. I do hope you’ll give it a try one day, maybe with a whole bunch of friends?
This DIY is the classiest ever……ever. Congratulations.
THank you 🙂
The best DIY project idea I’ve seen in awhile. You guys got my creativity flowing.
If it’s a good piece of furniture can be a family keepsake that’s passed down to the family tree
Thank for sharing.?
You’re welcome and I’m so glad our suitcase dresser/bureau inspired you
Wow, what an amazing transformation, I also love the stacked suitcase look, and made one from a old bedding chest, but it was no where as spectacular as yours, as I just hand painted it all, also lol referring to your sticker Sinclair, quess what my Maiden name was ? thank you for sharing your ideas absouloutly love it. ❤️
Sinclair’s are very special people ❤ and I bet your handpainted chest is beautiful too Elaine.
THIS CREATIVITY IS AWESOME…GREAT
Thank you very much
Very clever and unique looking. Love it. One of a kind.
Thank you Meg, I really appreciate that
Best makeover yet! So inspiring.
Thank you so much Jan
WOW! I’m feeling so inspired right now! This is exactly what I was looking for! You’ve done an amazing job with this and I’m off to look at your other projects!
I don’t know when you originally posted this but it’s October 2020 and you’re still inspiring 🙂
Thank you, Sam ❣ I’m so happy to hear that. We made the chest of drawers in December 2016 and she still gets so many compliments when people come to visit, so I’m guessing she’s a keeper
OMG, this is GENIUS!!! I truly think this is the BEST repurpose DIY I have ever seen!!! I absolutely love what you have done (as if you couldn’t already tell!!) and ….well… I just can’t say enough about how much I LOVE this project!!! Brawo!
Awwwww Karolyn, thank you so much. She was worth every second and still makes me smile every morning when I wake up
First time I’ve seen your work and I am SO impressed. This is absolutely wonderful. For some reason I have never been a fan of the stacked suitcases, but I LOVE this and if you’ll ship it to me I’ll put it in the living room with a spotlight on it!! You guys are extremely talented both in thinking up designs and then creating them. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
Oh Wow, Gloria. Thank you so much. It makes it doubly worth it when our readers let us know they enjoyed a tutorial or idea.
Your concept for the old suitcases is fascinating. I love the whole idea and hope to find time to try it myself soon. Question: do you have any ideas of what to do with the old Samsonite bright color luggage of the 60’s. Mine are in great shape but no one wants them. Any ideas?
Mmmmm, good question Patricia. I would add some legs and turn it into a side table. It would be fun to store all my sewing and knitting stuff inside and have it handy while I’m watching TV
That is a great idea. I am going to start looking for the old Samsonite cases.?
Good luck on your hunt, Kathleen. People throw them out all the time.
Absolutely beautiful. I love the suitcases transformation so much
Thank you, Maria 😀 We’re still so happy with how it turned out.
Thank you very much Diane
This is really out-of-the-box crazy thinking and I Love IT. Can hardly wait to create something with the luggage obsession I have. Thanks for Sharing!!
You’re most welcome Phyllis and I’m so happy you like the idea. Have fun making yours
Great attention paid to detail, looks fabulous!
😀 Thank you
Absolutely beautiful, unique and brilliant. ❤️
😀 Thank you so very much Phyllis
Michelle, that is the most awesome DIY project I have ever seen. I absolutely love it.
Thank you so much, Hope. We’re so happy with how it turned out
I liked the new suitcase-bureau — Each time you put something “away”, you could pretend you were packing for your next trip 🙂
I absolutely love that idea Melanie. It makes packing things away so much more special
This just came up on my feed, 2/19/10, this is brilliant. Great job.
Whoooo Hooo, thank you, Andrea
OMG!!! This is the most beautiful dresser I have ever seen!! You guys are amazing. I would love to try this but feel I would not be as successful. Thank you for sharing.
Oh Connie, how I wish I could give you a hug and tell you that YOU can do this and it will be a huge hit. Most of the work is in the sanding and prepping the chest of drawers and then it’s just painting, cutting and gluing. I hope you give it a try ❣
This is one of the most amazing dressers I’ve ever seen. This is THE MOST AMAZING DIY project!! Wow!!!
Thank you so very, very much ❣
Gorgeous..all that effort paid off..
? Thank you so much Kaz
Love this idea
Thank you very much
You did a great job, love it!
Thank you, Ann
Now this is really amazing. I love old, stacked suitcases, too. You really made it all fit together. How did you get suitcases that all fit in the drawer holes?
Hi there ?, each suitcase is actually a drawer that’s been made to look like the front of a suitcase using whatever we could salvage from those really old, bent and battered ones we found at the thrift store.
I absolutely love this. And frankly, I think it is FAR more useful and much better looking than the ones I have seen using the entire suitcases. Brilliant! I am so impressed.
? Thank you so very much Laura, I really appreciate that
absolutely stunning and so very clever! You are very inspiring with your creative concepts!
Thank you so very much Lynnette, that means a lot to me
Oh my, Michelle!! I don’t know how I missed your AWESOME makeover!! This has to be the best chest of drawer project I have ever seen! You truly are so creative and clever!! Well done!!
? Thank you Sam, that means a lot coming from you. There are so many beautiful projects floating around the internet all the time, it’s often difficult to see them all
So much talent!
Thank you so much ?
Not sure how long ago this article was posted, but just came across it on your blog now (10/01/19). Just wanted to say this has to be the most brilliant DIY project I have ever seen! You are a genius Michelle. I’m not very crafty, but this has truly inspired me to re-create something similar. I too am an avid traveller, so old suitcases are right up my alley. Got me thinking about somehow transferring old passport stamps onto part of it, just like your stencils. And now, I’m spending the afternoon scrolling through your miriad of other posts lol!
Awwww Judi, you just made my day, thank you so much. We made the luggage dresser two years ago and it’s still one of my all time favorite makeovers. I think your idea of incorporating passport stamps is genius, especially since they’ll bring back all those wonderful memories for you ?
What a great idea! So creative. It looks wonderful.
Thank you so much Paula ?
WOW….I love it!! So cool. You are so talented!!!
? Thank you DJ
first time here ,and love the dresser and I love the detailing of this. It is really cool . inspiring in fact. I am 80 and I know this has to be a big project. I will try to do something smaller,
Thank you so much ? Time wise it’s a big project but the actual work was quite easy. I hope you enjoy making over your smaller version too
This was really inspiaring beutifull work cant whate to try it love it.
Thank you very much Carly, I’m so happy you like it
Well, you wowed me! I’ve forwarded the picture and description of your chest of suitcases on to my granddaughters, and to another friend who, like me, enjoys “thrifting”, which is shopping at thrift stores. Your project is perfect for the kind of stuff we rummage through every weekend! You and husband are real artists. You deserve to win a prize. Best regards, friend.
Oh Connie, thank you so much for the comment and the vote. We appreciate that so much ?
This has to be the absolute BEST DIY ever!!! Well done………………..
Thanks so much Sharon ?
I love this makeover! What I don’t understand is how the drawers pull open, since you removed the knobs. Are the salvaged handles or straps what is used, and how are they attached? I would think even strong glue would wear out after a while?
Hi Anon, the handles have all been screwed into the drawer fronts. We did put a little bit of loctite on the screws first to make sure they don’t come out
This ❣️ I am in love. I travel so this speaks to my ❤️. I also just cast my vote for you. So excited I could participate from Oatmeal, TX ( Yep! For Real) I’m going to the thrift store as soon as I can. The chest looks like it’s real suitcases! Thank you for sharing
Awwwww Ginger, thank you so much for that ? We appreciate your vote so much. And you’re most welcome, I’m so happy you liked the tutorial too
I think this is wonderful! What a great idea. You did a beautiful job!
Thank you very much Fran
I’m awestruck the creative juices that went into the making of this dresser!! I too have admired and wished to stumble upon those vintage suitcases to stack together but can honestly say I love this more!
Love how you repurposed a boring dresser into a work of art . Thank you for the inspiration ?
You’re most welcome Karen. I’m really glad you enjoyed the makeover. It still puts a smile on my face everytime I wake up ?
i have seen and maybe done dozens of diy great ideas but this one is the best! i can’t wait to get started. I have the old suitcases that just sit on the floor, not too practical because what i want is always in the bottom one. I have a great vintage dresser that i never wanted to paint, just didn’t feel right but now…wow. GREAT GREAT work you two. I voted right away, because you guys deserve it. Thanks for sharing. It is my 1st project for 2019.
Wow Jackie ? Thank you. I hope you have loads of fun doing yours in 2019 and shout anytime if something doesn’t make sense.
Love this project. You are so creative!
Thank you so very much Elaine
This is a work of art, truly. Such an amazing and inspiring piece you’ve created. xo
? Thank you so very much Jane. I really appreciate that so much
I love This ! Looks good it could fit in anywhere Amazing job well done you 2 . ??
Thank you Heike ? The luggage dresser was a true labour of love but so worth it
Awesome job!!! Love it!!
Thank you Imogene and I absolutely love your name. How pretty
I absolutely LOVE this. You have inspired me! One quick question. Are the handles secure enough to use as pulls? Did you use something special to secure these! I can’t wait to look at your other projects. Thanks!
Thank you very much Lois ? and yes those handles are definitely strong enough. They’ve just been screwed into the drawers and haven’t budged and we use the dresser every single day. I’ll see if I can find a picture of us adding the handles. I know we took some and I’ll add t the post.
Wow! I love this. It is really awesome.
Thank you so much Ann ?
Congratulations and a big pat on the back. You’ve done an awsome job and I really look forward to seeing more of your projects. Talk about eye appeal!
THank you so much Anon. She’s one of our favorite recycled makeovers ?
Gee, what a “happy” looking couple. You both look so bored. He looks like he’s ready to slap you and you look like you’re ready to fall asleep. Get a new picture! Your picture alone makes me not want to read your blog.
Oh my Cate. I’m not sure how to respond to your comment. We both prefer making and recycling things to posing for pretty photos. First off my husband would never slap me, he’s a gentleman and you’re right I do look like I’m ready to fall asleep ? That’s my night time look. We share DIY and craft tutorials on our blog and I’m sorry that our profile picture didn’t appeal to you. It’s one of the few we’ve got of the two of us so it’s kinda special to me.
Cate, no one forced you to come to the blog. Obviously, you came here to admire the beautiful piece that the very talented Michelle and Shaun have created. We are all here to learn and praise this very generous couple who share their talent with us. If you are more into looks, perhaps you should go to a beauty blog! Now, is there anything nice you can say about this dresser?
Well Said Mary. Thank You. You cannot please all the people all the time.. ?
Geez lady you have some issues. Why would you say something so nasty
I’m sure they won’t lose any sleep over you not reading their blog! What an idiot!
I think his look says, he is admiring her! Love it!
? You’re the best Anon. Thank you
Oh Cate…what a sad world you live in, when all you can do is post such a negative (extremely personal ) comment to a lady who does the most amazing crafts (AKA Art !) That I just stumbled across today.I truely feel for you.
Omg! I am so in love! What a professional job, y’all are amazing, thank you so much for sharing
It’s a huge pleasure Sharon and thank you so much for your lovely comment
This is so unique. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome Linda, I’m so happy you liked the idea
Michelle this dresser is amazing!!
Thanks so much Susan ?
I love this …it is just awesome !!! You and Hubby did an Awesome job ….I have old suitcases in my barn but they are in really good shape so I won’t be using those to do this but I will be on the lookout for some really bad ones to tear apart ….lol……
Thank you Maude ? Best save those suitcases that are still in good condition, they’re becoming so collectible. It’s the badly dinged and damaged ones you want
My friends calls me a ‘show off’ for always sharing this 🙂 🙂 🙂
And yes I’m a proud ‘show off’
? Thank you ?
I am in love with this!!
Thank you Anon, I’m really glad you like it
OMG those drawers look incredible! I absolutely love suitcases but the vintage, cool ones, are beyond my price limits sadly. When looking in local charity shops they only seem to have the naff 60s and 70s ones for a cheap price so I haven’t bought any but now I see how I could use bits and pieces off them I am definitely going to up-cycle a three drawer cheast of drawers I have in my bedroom that is pretty hideous! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing make over, you made my day xx
❤ I’m so happy to hear that Angela and you’re right those vintage ones are horribly expensive now. I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun digging in that pile of “not so cool” suitcases to find ones that have pretty handles and other interesting bits you can use. And if they’re already broken so much better. Let me know how your chest of drawers turns out too. I’d love to see a picture
This is just an unbelievably fabulously stunning piece of art! You guys rocked this! Took your time and made it your own and I just can’t even begin to tell you how amazed I am at the finished product! I feel the same way you do about stacked suitcases. There’s just something dreamy about them. I have been trying to find a way to incorporate them into my life as well, actually my living room area. I actually have many suitcases to work with but nothing ever feels quite right with them together. I don’t want a chest of drawers BUT you did give me much incentive to totally change the look on some of them to make them coordinate. So thank you for this wonderful tutorial!
Shirley, you just made my weekend ? Thank you so very much for you’re beautiful comment. I think our gypsy spirits recognize the promise of travels somehow. I still wake up every single morning with a smile on my face when I see the dresser. Thank you, tomorrow I’m going to have a double smile because of you
Thank you Karissa
Wow!! You two are so talented. I’m a designer from Iowa in the states and am so happy to have found your blog.
Thanks so much Sandee and I’m real happy you found us too ?
Michelle, I don’t know what I can say that previous posters haven’t but I just wanted to add that you are one insanely talented couple and this turned out AWESOME!
Ahhhhh Debbie – thank you so very, very much. I still love waking up in the morning and seeing our luggage bureau. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that we made it. Thank you
This is absolutely gorgeous !!! It gives me a lot of ideas for a chest of drawers that I’m wanting to do this winter. I’m definitely going to pin it so I can go back and refer to your great ideas. Thanks and keep up the great work. Hope to see more !!
Thank you so much Gloria ? I would love to see how yours turns out
I love this. It turned out amazing! I am going to do this too. I have been saving bits and pieces too. I just need the right chest for it. Thanks for sharing yours with us.
Thank you so very much Rebecca. I hope you find your chest soon
Nice project cool way to use the luggage, thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much 😀
I adore this! I’ve seen a few of real and faux suitcase drawer chests, but this one is by far my favorite! You two are such an inspirational and creative couple…this project and your blog: pinned.
Best regards from Germany 🙂
Vielen Dank Nina ? We really appreciate your lovely words so much
Thank you so much Linda 😀
An amazing makeover! I just love it. Your craftsmanship and execution are lovely.
A technical question for you: For the stripe across the front of each drawer that mimics where the lid meets the body of the suitcase, did you put that on in paint and how did you do it so it? I would appreciate some tips on how applied the “lid line”. I would interested in a breakdown of how you did each drawer, even if you don’t have any “in process” photos.
Thanks for sharing an awesome project!
Hey there Kari, thank you so much for your lovely comment. The lines have been drawn on using a ruler and permanent markers. I’m afraid I would never be able to paint a a straight line. I always overload my brush and it looks uneven. So a sharpie and a ruler were the safest bet. I’ll see what I can do about adding a breakdown of each drawer. We did take tons of pictures. I was worried that the post would be too long, but perhaps I can add a page two?
Just wanted to let you know that this furniture piece is so beautiful. You have a very creative and artistic mind.
Thank you Tamara, I needed that today
WOW!!! AMAZING!!! So inspired to use this to revamp some things around the house!! Thank you for sharing Michelle!!!
That’s a huge pleasure my friend, I’m glad you found it inspiring. Hope you have a truly lovely and blessed week
Absolutely gorgeous! I’m in total agreement with the rest of your commenters! Serious talent girl! Bet you wish you could just grab ’em and go on a trip. Lol! Maybe you can create that next!
LOL, every morning when I wake up it sure does feel like I just want to grab them and go somewhere exotic. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Marni
I absolutely LOVE this! You did an amazing job giving character to each drawer and they complement each other so well.
Question- How did you attach the handles securely?
Thank you so much Natalie. All of the handles have been screwed into the drawers with wood screws.
This is so creative….I LOVE it and have started looking for a dresser and kicking myself for all the old purses I have purged 🙂 Am I stating the obvious, that it would be best to have drawers that glide easily? Most old second hand dressers I have looked at have sticky drawers and I’d be worried about the stress on the handles….have you had any issues with that?
I’m glad you like it Christine. Our bureau is also quite old and one of the bottom drawers tends to stick a little. The handles have held up nicely, they’ve all been screwed in. Hope that helps
Amazing, I would almost consider, destroying good luggage to do this.
LOL, Lenora. Thank you but I hope you find some old luggage somewhere first
I can’t even begin to express how much I love this!!!!!! So wonderful. Thank you for sharing! You have great talent.
Thank you Barbara, that really means a lot. Have a happy weekend
Hi, I just wanted to say that 95% of the time I’m really disappointed in the projects I find on DIY Idea Center and the other sites affiliated with it. Whoever is doing the description titles for the projects is wasting their talents because almost all of the “great” projects really suck! This one however, is absolutely fantastic!!!! I’m going out right now to see what I can find for old luggage! You guys are super creative and thank you so much for sharing this amazing project! ????☺??
Thank you so very much Autumn, that’s such a lovely thing to say and I really appreciate it. Good luck with your hunt for old luggage, I’m sure you’ll find something 😀
This is absolutely amazing! You are an artist!
Thank you so much Linda 😀
Wow! I want this! Your eye for detail and vision for the completed project came together beautifully. I will make plans to do something similar on a smaller scale. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you so much Laura, I’m really happy you like it. Please let me know how yours turned out. I would love to see it
Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you very much Jeanne, I appreciate that
I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for sharing. I marvel at your vision. I would never think of anything like this.
Thank you so very much. I really appreciate that
wow i love it!!!
Thank you so very much Averil 😀
I can’t stand how much I love this piece, seriously stunning!!! pinned and shared
Thank you very much Kim, that’s such a lovely thing to say
Thank you Kathy
WOW! This is really beautiful and I like it a lot. Just love the suitcase idea. Now I know what I’m gonna do with my old chest of drawers, suitcases and old handbags.
Thanx for sharing.
I’m so happy to hear that Vanessa. Please shout if I didn’t explain anything properly and if you’re willing I would love to see how your’s turns out.
Thank you 😀
OMG, that’s the coolest EVER!!
Thank you Nancy 😀
Totally awesome. love love it!
Thank you so much 😀
Oh my gosh Michelle, how did I miss this makeover. My chin has still not left the ground! LOVE LOVE LOVE this makeover – pinned, sharing, drooling. I’ll never look an at old suitcase, purse or belt the same after seeing this. You rocked this girl!
Awww Marie, that means so much to me coming from the Queen of furniture flips and makeovers. Thank you
Great piece. I hope I have the patience to do such a nice job as you two did. I have a couple suitcase from family that never sat level to stack. There’s my beginning!?
I’m so glad to hear that. Hope you have loads of fun with yours and if you’re willing I’d love to see a photo when you’re done
I absolutely love this dresser! It is wonderful. Yes, I am obsessed with suitcases and have a stack of them in our living room.
Thanks so much Dianne, I bet you pick up a whole bunch on your vintage treasure hunts
Absolutely beautiful. You did a wonderful job. Before I read your article I thought you had stacked real suitcases. What you did was better than suitcases.
Thank you so much Louise, we’re real happy with how it turned out
Thank you so much for this post. I love the result, and plan to try one for myself.
I’m super glad you like it Marilee. Please let me know how it turns out or if you need any more info.
How awesome is this?? The answer is extremely awesome! This is such a good idea – I made sure to pin it!
Thank you so much for the pin and the lovely comment Jenny 😀
OMG Michelle, I’m so in love with your chest of drawers! This is the best furniture makeover I’ve seen in a long time. It’s brilliant and well worth all the effort.
PS: Your blog hasn’t been updated on Bloglovin since December.
Oh dear, I just can’t seem to figure bloglovin’ out. Somehow I ended up with two profiles and I have no idea how to fix it. I need to make a plan, thanks for the heads up and your lovely message Julia, I really appreciate it
This is amazing!!! Now I’m wishing I had another chest of drawers to do this with! I will definitely start buying some of those ratty suitcases! 🙂
Found you at Funky Junk’s link party.
I just popped over to your blog and website Zefi and I was blown away by your gorgeous artwork. Your pet portraits are just beautiful. That’s one of the best perks of joining Donna’s Junk Party, we get to meet the most amazingly talented people.
This is the most amazing transformation I’ve ever seen! I absolutely love it! It was worth all the time and hard work – you now have a one-of-a-kind masterpiece ? xx
Thank you so much Kate, I’m couldn’t be happier with how it turned out
fantastic job on the dresser… and where oh where did you find the fleur de lis on top of it?
Thank you Mary. I love that Fleur de Lis mirror and we were super lucky to find it at a thrift store. I think someone marked the price wrong or something like that because it was a bargain.
What an absolutely amazing project!!!
Thank you so much Gigi 😀
Oh this is fantastic, Michelle! I have to say you do have a great eye for detail. Awesome job indeed!!
Awww that seriously means a lot coming from you Handan. Thank you so much
I’ve seen this technique before and love it! This is one of the best I’ve seen… I want to do this to a dresser I have but I’m having trouble finding suitcases that are cheap or suitcase handles/hardware. Is there s secret to acquiring these treasured items now that EVERYONE is looking for them?
I’m not sure Diane. We found our suitcases at the hospice at the very bottom of the pile. They had rips and tears in them and in most cases the frames were all bent and buckled. I’m not sure which country you’re from, but in here in South Africa I often find hidden treasures at the local hospice. Perhaps a second hand clothing shop (handbags), swop shop or even the Salvation army might have something if you’re from the States? I hope you come right
You totally outdid yourself on this makeover! Love – love- LOVE! I’m sure it looks fantastic in your space too. Who needs to pay big bucks for a stacked suitcase look when one can be DIY’ed so well? Pinned & shared on my FB page 🙂
I know right, those suitcases have become so horribly expensive and difficult to find too. Thanks so much Wendi, I really appreciate your lovely comment
Beautiful!! I have a old dresser in the bedroom some of the handles are missing, picked up at a resale shop that way. This would be the perfect way to do it!!
Oh that does sound perfect for this kind of makeover Linda. I’d love to see it when you’re done.
Ditto to all the above comments and a whole lot more! You are an amazingly talented couple. Can you imagine how many generations this work of art will be handed down to?
Thank you so much Suzanne, I really appreciate that
Love this! Very clever, fun and still handsome enough to fit into a room’s decor. Well done.
Thank you Cath, I’m glad you liked it
Best dresser drawer makeover I’ve ever seen. I’m going to try it on an old dresser that has been sitting around looking unloved and boring. Thanks for the wonderful tips.
Unloved and boring dressers are the best for something like this 😉
Wow! I mean WOW! This is unique and I just love it!
Thank you Maya 😀
This is stunning! Fantastic transformation ??
Thank you so much Amanda 😀
Absolutely amazing! I’m going to have a go at this! Will be perfect in my front room xx
Oh that’s so cool Laurie, thank you so much
Wow, this is simply stunning! What a creative idea. I love it!
Thank you so much Carolann 😀
This is the most creative makeover I’ve seen on s long time. Beautiful and amazing!
Wow Vicki, thank you. That means a lot coming from you. I love your stuff
Michelle, I’m floored by this piece, exquisitely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously this is just awesomely awesome!! You and your husband did an amazing job on this!!
Awww my friend thank you so very much
This is indeed epic. It looks amazing. You are so creative. Pinning it!
Thank you so much Cristina 😀
Wow, this is absolutely amazing!! What a creative and ingenious way of recreating a vintage suitcase look. I just pinned this for future furniture DIY ideas.
Thanks so much Melissa 😀
Michelle this is probably the BEST dresser makeover I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a million! This is definitely one for the books! Excellent job, sharing it!
Awwww what a lovely thing to say Susan, thank you so much
You did a spectacular job. I loooove it!
Thank you so much Debra <3
This is INSANELY amazing. Please tell me you’ll link it up to Talk of the Town next week?!?!
Wow Sarah, thanks so much. I’d love to join you at Talk of the Town
I am in awe of this!!
What a fabulous idea!
Thank you Jodie, that means alot
Oh, my goodness – this is the most gorgeous piece ever!! I am in absolute awe over this fabulous chest of drawers and that you made it look like a suitcase for each drawer – AMAZING!! Your husband and you certainly win first place for this project. I can’t wait to share it with my son ( a lover of vintage suitcases too)! Thank-you for this wonderful post.
Thank you so much, I’m really glad you like it Ellen. We’re super happy with how it turned out
Spectacular! Just spectacular! I happen to have a dresser you could make over in the exact same manner. Let me know when you can come!
HeeeHaaa I’m on my way Julie 😉 I’ve been dying to see what Keweenaw looks like in real life
I’m sooo impressed with this! Truly a work of art! I love old suitcases too, and they are expensive nowadays. You transformed the chest. I really thought I was looking at a stack of suitcases! Wish you could make me one!
I’d make you one in a flash if I could afford to ship it to you Florence 😉
Michelle, this is a work of art. I absolutely love it!!! You are so creative. I have always loved this look too, but didn’t know how to achieve it. Although this took time and elbow grease it is so worth it in the end.
Thanks so much Nikki, I really appreciate it. We’re so happy with how it turned out. Every time I go into the bedroom, I do a little happy dance because our t-shirts are living in suitcases we made, elbow grease and all 😉
O M G, This is really amazing, a real creative work, I have never seen something like this before. Sticker on it is really cool and the colour is awesome.
Aaawwww Thank You Sadhna
This is a beautiful piece of furniture, such a clever idea. Off to pin it everywhere 🙂
Thanks so much Sarah 😀
Oh Michelle she is a beauty! I LOVE it! Y’all did a wonderful job! I would love to get my hands on some vintage suitcases. I see so many cute things made from them. Out of all that I’ve seen yours take the cake. ?❤❤
Thanks so very much Linda and all of the suitcases we chopped up for the dresser probably date from the 70s so they’re not even vintage 😉
This is amazing!I love vintage stuff and my grandparents gifted their trunks to me on my birthday.This is awesome and the best creative thing to do with.Thanks a ton for posting this.
Awww that’s such a lovely gift Joanna. Glad you liked the dresser makeover
Oh! My! Word! You are genius! I have the stack of cases x2 one in my lounge and the other in my dining room, but this is so much better! Brilliant job and great explanation. Nice to see a fellow South African posting.
What a great surprise Belinda. Us South Africans tend to be a really shy bunch and I hardly ever get comments from my fellow country woman. Thank you so much for reaching out and for your lovely comment
You’re making me sick! In a good way, though 🙂
I’ve been writing sentences and erasing them, then started over and so on. I just can’t find the right words to describe how fabulous this is. But, you know that already! I’d pay big bucks for a dresser like this (If I had any money, lol).
That means a lot Jas, thank you so much 😀 Now you can make your own and it won’t cost alot. Most people just throw their broken suitcases away
I can’t take it! This is too beautiful, Michelle. You both did an amazing job and using actual suitcase/luggage/purse parts is smart, smart, smart. It’s beautiful. I just can’t say it enough. Pinned & sharing 🙂
Thank you for the pins and the shares and the love Angie 😉
You asked whether it was worth the time. YES, yes it was!
Masterpiece, so beautifully done. Unique piece (I have a thing for unique), using self control with the colors made this piece cohesive, the touch of adding the stickers is brilliant (and not overdone).
I could go on for days. It’s one of the best – if not THE best – suitcase themed creation I have seen.
This (master)piece should bring home a lot of money if you ever sell it. Really really should. It’s so good.
Loved the ingenious stencil. I’ll share around with the world. I leave this comment here with my last thought:”what an interesting piece of furniture!”
It turns heads guys, well done!
Wow Dione, thank you so much. I’m really glad you like what we did. It took a while, but when that last drawer went in it just felt so good.
I am so impressed with this project I cannot tell you enough how impressed I am! It must have taken a long time to do this but it was soooo worth it. A true labor of love. And if you need any more hardware I think I have a few extra suitcases in the basement.
LOL Mary, I swear I’m coming to raid that basement of yours before you move to NY. All the treasures just waiting to be turned into something new. Thanks my friend, I’m glad you it
This is beyond amazing, Michelle!! I looove suitcase chest of drawers and yours is the most beautiful I’ve seen. The color palette you chose is perfect, and adding leather to the front drawer makes it feel like a real suitcase. The labels add the perfect charm.
Coming from a master decorator like yourself, that means a lot Pili. Congrats on being one of the top 150 woodworking and craft blogs. You deserve it
Thanks so much my friend
You soooooo deserve it Pili
OMG, pinning it, pinning it!! I am speachless —
😀 Thank you so much
OMG Michelle, you guys did such an amazing job with this dresser, it truly is one of a kind, I’ve never quite seen anything like it! You are so talented and yes, I think it was totally worth all the work! Congratulations!
Thank you so much Katrin, we’re so happy with how it turned out. Hope you have a lovely week