August 13, 2014 by
Photography by Sarah Lemke

Looking for the perfect storage/organizer accent piece? Pottery Barn has nothing on this super easy DIY project, one that cost about $30 and took well under an hour to construct. We found this faux reptile skin valise at an antique store and paired it with books, a houseplant, and ’50s-era Royal Copley pottery. With a little imagination in design and execution, this piece could also be adapted to almost any de-clutter decor challenge—think jewelry organizer, sewing and craft supplies storage, even a mini Zen garden.

Big box home stores have a nice selection of legs for projects like this one, but we went with wooden balls sourced from a hobby store. Just be sure to use the ones that have a flat surface shaved off of one end of orb. You’ll also notice that there is already a pre-drilled hole in the wooden ball that will come in handy later on.

Interested in a more contemporary vibe? Mirror the same design with a ’60s-era, brightly hued cosmetic case in Barbie pink, powder blue, or avocado green.

What You’ll Need:

  • Luggage of your choice
  • Stain or paint (we used stain) for the legs in a color that will compliment the luggage
  • Four wooden balls from a hobby store
  • Four wood screws slightly larger than the pre-drilled holes of the legs
  • Measuring tape
  • Epoxy-style adhesive

How it Works:

  • Measure and mark the positions of the legs.
  • Drill a pilot hole through the bottom of the luggage at the center of each leg.
  • Stain or paint the legs the color of your choice.
  • Apply the adhesive to the flat surface of the wooden balls just before screwing them into place from inside the luggage piece.

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