Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Luggage meant to stay at home

I really like the look of stacked vintage luggage and trunks and have been working on a way to incorporate the style into my decor. Although some of my inspiration came from the luggage stacks that reach from floor to ceiling, I settled for a cute little trio. I found each of the three pieces at the thrift store at different times. It has taken a couple of months to find what I wanted but now I am so glad that I didn't settle.  
House Beautiful
Country Living
Pottery Barn
The first piece that I found is a camel-colored leather suitcase. I sat my bird cages on top of it it for a while in front of my window. I never really liked it there. I guess I knew it was going to serve a greater purpose.
The next piece to come home with me was a wicker suitcase. I call it a suitcase because of the shape and leather handle but it is probably some type of picnic basket. Whatever it is, a coat of ivory spray paint gave me exactly what I wanted and I think it looks a lot like the piece in the Pottery Barn image above. 

The final thing that I had been searching for was a trunk. I had seen a few, but they were all either priced too high or the wrong size. Last week I finally found this one and it was only $14.
I taped off all of the metal parts and spray painted the trunk ivory. I added a thin brown glaze so that the trunk would be a slightly different color from the wicker piece. 
Now that each piece looked the way that I wanted it too, I moved them to my bedroom to find the perfect spot to stack them. That spot was finally determined to be at the end of my bed. Not only did they add an interesting focal point to my bedroom, they also double for extra storage space. 


  1. Love the suitcases! I've been on the lookout for the perfect one too!!

  2. My aunt used stacked wicker suitcases in her lake home for extra storage way back in the sixties. She started a trend, LOL!!! I love the look from Country Living. Very dramatic! Your vignette looks nice, Lauren!

  3. What a great idea! I really like the look too! I find it to be a lot of fun hunting down treasures like this at thrift stores!

  4. That looks so great. I love luggage used like this. Beautiful. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  5. VERY COOL! You are so right to put them in the bedroom... who doesn't need extra storage there? I may have to hit the thrifts tomorrow! Kudos on a job well done, love the white with glaze... jules

  6. Love them! They look fabulous - great job!

  7. Blog hopping! I'm your new follower and would love a follow back! Thanks!

  8. Lauren, this is absolutely beautiful! I came by to say thank you for following my blog and I've fallen in love with yours!! Just yesterday I asked my husband if he thought paint would stick to an old trunk I had and we both were not sure--well this post is just perfect!! It answers everything, thank you!! I hope you had a great weekend, I am now following you back! :)

  9. Thank you all for the sweet comments and for following my blog :)

    Katie...I will probably put something on the trunk eventually in order to seal the paint but I had no problem at all with it sticking. Good luck with painting your trunk!

  10. I love antique luggage. I just went to the Architectural Digest show here in NYC and they had a vendor that had a whole collection it was amazing, I wanted to go and take them all!

    Hmmm, following you here aswell. You have some very cooll projects.