Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Suit Up

I saw the most clever idea in one of my magazines recenlty for vintage suitcases and had to share.
Aren't they cute! Perfect for storage! I can't wait to find some at a flea market this spring!
Here's the how-to, it's pretty easy.

Make a Suitcase Table
To do, you will need the following:
Old, hard-sided suitcase; find one at a flea market or on eBay (where some are as low as $10)
• Four table legs (available on homedepot.com)
• Four angled top plates and 16 screws (available on homedepot.com)
• Particleboard or MDF (cut to fit your suitcase)
• Drill
Step 1
From your local hardware store, pick up a piece of particleboard or MDF. You can either have them cut it to fit the dimensions of the inside of your suitcase, or you can cut at home with a jigsaw. You’ll need to angle the corners as shown, as most hard-sided suitcases have rounded edges.

Step 2
Place the cut-out piece on top of a tall stool, then place the suitcase on top of the cutout. (This will push the board up against the bottom of the suitcase so you can drill the plates). Position a top plate in each corner of the suitcase and secure it to the case with screws long enough to go through the plate, the suitcase, and half the depth of the particleboard. Repeat for the other three plates.
Step 3
Affix legs onto plates through the center hole, by twisting on. Case closed. Too easy!!


Anonymous said...

That's a great idea!

kate funk said...

Such a cute idea! Love it!

Savvy Gal said...

What a stylish idea. I love it.

Kasia_B said...

this is soooooooooo cool! i love this post! i have some old suitcase and i didnt know what to do with it.
thank you so much for sharing!

Josie said...

Oh my gosh, I'm TOTALLY making one of these for my dorm next year! Adorable.
xxoo Josie

Laura Loo said...

whaaaat?! this is SO cute!! wow, i definitely want to do this. gotta find a suitcase first though :P

Bardot in Blue said...

what a great idea!!!! I have some old suitcases I would love to do these with but these one in blue are so cute!

xoxo Bardot in Blue

Rachel said...

love when you post DIY's theyre always so cool.
time to drag the bf into another DIY adventure! :)
i think this would be soo cute if i could find a soft pink or dusty rose suitcase. hmm yet another excuse for flea market shopping.

x. & o.

hopelle said...

thank you hun!

this is just amazing, i have to get a hold of a cute vintage suitcase! I, for one, really need more "storage-boxes" and this is the best idea ever! Love the post, thanks for sharing -great! :D



What an awesome idea :)

The Owl's Closet said...

omgosh, what a great idea! too cute! love that it doubles as storage. thx for sharing!


Tanvi said...
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Tanvi said...

Kudos! What an out of the suitcase idea :o) Love it!

Toni said...

This is such a clever idea!! I love it... Thanks for the comment and stopping by. I will be following!

Catherine said...

this is so cute it's unreal.
i love little suitcases like that and am always looking out for them. an alternative would be to not attach the suitcase to the table...then you can still take it everywhere you want! xo

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