16th Sep2011


6 Ways to Repurpose Suitcases

by Dinah Wulf

6 Ways to Repurpose Suitcases

I love the look of vintage suitcases.  There are so many beautiful styles and colors.  Made of many different materials, vintage suitcases are perfect for repurposing and adding some character and style to your home decor.

Vintage suitcases can be purchased at any thrift shop, flea market, or antique store. Don’t forget to check the basement or attic of your parents or grandparents house!

Here are six ways to repurpose suitcases.

This Craft Storage Case (source unknown) is a great repurposing idea.  Line the inside with pages of books or decorative paper or newspaper.  Add elastic and or pockets to hold items. Small boxes for additional storage and organization are perfect for a snug fit.

Have an entire luggage set?  Make a matching Luggage Case Table Set by adding legs in a fun color.

Check out this dog pet bed and cat bunk bed.  Just remove the top of the case, screw in wooden legs, and insert a pillow or existing bed.  Legs like these are inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store.  I am definitely going to make this one!

This suitcase vanity chest I found on Etsy in brilliant!  I would have never thought of it.  I love how the interior is lined with maps and a world atlas.  The mirror, drawers and lighting adds to the use and function.

I saved the best for last.  This luggage chair is gorgeous.  I love the colors and the white tufted fabric that was chosen.  The curvy shape of the legs and the original brass fixtures complete the look and style.


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.

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