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Vintage Folding Table with Suitcase Design

Very seldom do I turn down anything that is made of wood. For me, it’s kinda like as a kid when you would look up at the sky and see dinosaurs, horses, or a boat in the clouds. I tend to see past the obvious and envision something more. When I am offered this cute vintage folding table, I couldn’t resist! Would you have guessed it was a table?

Folding Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s definitely old, definitely cool, and definitely in need of TLC. I am so impressed with how this is made. Two knobs on the short ends, and this awesome design folding legs underneath. Also, oodles of spiderwebs…yes!

Vintage Folding Table Legs Underneath | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY TIME

Let’s get this DIY party started! First, I apply a soft white paint with my Fan Brush to create a base layer on which I can work.

Painting Vintage Folding Table with White Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once that layer cures, I add a textured layer using a frottage technique and a beige paint. It’s one that makes a dappled effect and allows your base layer to peek through. You can see how I’ve used it on a dresser in this past post HERE.

Frottage Paint Technique for Vintage Folding Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Next, after that paint cures, I tape off the edges with painter’s tape so I can create the faux luggage look I’m after.

Taped Off Folding Table | prodigalpieces.com

After this, I’ll be honest, I get lost in the fun. Sometimes I just want to carry on and then realize I may skip steps for you. But, that’s okay, right?

THE REVEAL

Last, here is my vintage folding table with a brand new look that I hope brings a smile to your face.

Hand-Painted Vintage Umbrella Folding Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #vintage

Hand-Painted Folding Table with Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #furniture #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Isn’t that the most fun?? Yippee!! I just love it. Finally, my goal to make a luggage style finish has come to fruition. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I find such joy in adding typography to derelict pieces. It creates whimsy and brings a smile each and every time.

Farmhouse Style Folding Table with Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #farmhouse #vintage

Vintage Folding Table Top with Hand-Painted Typography Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #homedecor

Did you notice I removed the knobs on the short sides, but added a luggage handle to the long side. It really gives this piece a realistic look. So tell me…what would you use this table for?

If you’d like to make this vintage folding table your own, you can find it and more in my online shop. (SOLD) Likewise, shop small business to support local – we do a happy dance every time you do!

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Vintage Style Folding Table with Advertisement Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #farmhouse #vintage #homedecor

In addition, do pin and share to inspire others to see past the worn down pieces. Breathe new life into them – it’s fun!

This vintage folding table was in much need of TLC. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave it whimsy and style. Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #diy #vintage

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Also, more typography fun like my vintage folding table suitcase:

Acme Cedar Chest Gets Makeover with Vintage Typography by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comTwo country cute thrifted finds become part of a fun DIY farmhouse sign tutorial | Come see the second sign and get the details from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #crafts #budgetdecor

Comments

  1. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    What a darling little table and it’s make-over……………….Totally Awesome. Great job.
    It’s such a cute table/suitcase item.

    • Larissa says

      Can you tell I had such fun? Thank you bunches, Colleen.

  2. Debra says

    That was so clever. it was a great project.

  3. Rebecca - NC says

    You are truly a magician!!! It’s a magical, whimsical piece that reminds me of Mary Poppins! Especially with the typography you added. Wouldn’t it be fun in a kids room? I would have loved it!!! 😍

  4. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, A folding table…….wow my IG guess so wrong, lol! This has to be the sweetest folding table I have ever seen. I love your typography, of course, and how you added the metal corner pieces, and luggage handle. I Love it!

    • Larissa says

      haha! Fun to guess though, right?? I painted it all on, even the corners. I wanted to add latches and hinges, but ran out of gas.;) Thanks!!

  5. Rebecca - TN says

    Love it! Looks so cute folded up and then shazam! it’s a table. Great makeover.

  6. Becky says

    What a cute little table!

  7. Valerie says

    Wow! What a vision you have! You’ve inspired me Where do you get your lettering from?

    • Larissa says

      I’m so tickled you like it, Valerie. Thank you!! I make my own typography.

  8. Tammy says

    Oh to be handed a piece like this! You knocked it out of the ballpark again my friend.

    • Larissa says

      Right? I have an awesome friend in Mandy. She knows my quirky heart. 😉

  9. gwen says

    It’s a great piece of furniture, made better! my friend has one of these that has a tape measure along the longer edge. i really love what you did to it!

    • Larissa says

      I’d love to know the original story behind it. Definitely utilitarian goodness!

  10. Barbara says

    The luggage handle completely transformed that cute table! Great idea! Love it!

    • Larissa says

      I would love to do a chest of drawers like this. So fun! Thank you, Barbara.

  11. Sandra Steele says

    Hi Larissa,

    I always look forward to your new posts so I can see what amazing thing you restored/upcycled again. You knocked it out of the park my friend! This table is amazing and you are one talented lady! I love your style and how you take something many of us would have passed up and you make it uniquely yours! I am a big fan!

    • Larissa says

      And I could hug ya, Sandra. Really! This is so fun for me! 😀 Thank you so much.

  12. Cate Cooper says

    Larissa, that’s just pretty gosh darn cute!!! Even the corners make it look like a suitcase. Good job Ma’am!

  13. dodie says

    clever! clever! and beautiful, too!

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