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« on: December 09, 2007 01:03:41 PM »

I found these three suitcases at a yard sale for $10. I'm really wanting to do something special with them. I know I'm going to need to do a major rehab on all three. I'm trying to decide whether I should keep to the original style or do something fun with them. Any advice?

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Case 2:

Case 3:

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007 01:12:03 PM »

um.. step one:  send them to me!  Cheesy
what a great find!  i found a vintage train case and i just cleaned it up on the outside and in because i liked the colors and it was still in pretty good shape.  these look like they can be restored pretty easily (from the pix, i don't know how banged up they are in person) but if you did decide to "update" them i'd love to see how they turned out!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007 01:30:06 PM »

coffee table - that's all i can think of right now!

Clean them up - stack them and put a sheet of glass on top.
You might need to put some weiths inside of them to keep it sturdy tho.

Hope that helps

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007 01:42:36 PM »

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195750.0 - suitcase table

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120795.0 - suitcase shelves

original suitcase shelves at readymade....

hope that helps!
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007 01:51:16 PM »

I'd definitely keep the first in the original style, it's beautiful. But beyond that, I don't know!

« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007 02:47:56 PM »

I love the shelves idea..........it seems like I might be looking to make one for myslef!
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2007 07:55:15 AM »

I only have one but I dumped all my old games into it. Well, not dumped. But the boxes were all old and worn so I put the boards into the top half behind that divider that twists in. I put all game parts and directions into their own container. Some were altoid tins...large and small. Some were fabric bags I had laying around and some even ended up in ziplocs for lack of a better idea.

An entire closet shelf that was stacked has been cleared out. It sits on an old wooden suitcase stand like the metal ones they have now in hotels.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2007 09:20:12 AM »

I love the shelves idea! But I came across this particular problem while thrift store shopping the other day. I thought (since I'd like to still use them), I'd take the hardware and wheels off of an old rolling suitcase and put them on the vintage ones. So they roll, and are still usable. I would put some paint on em; maybe a wash. And you could find vintage travel posters and mod podge all over it, if it's too banged up to just use. Possibly line them with new fabric. Smiley Good luck.


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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007 07:47:49 PM »

if you could manage it 3 stacked would make a great set of drawers.  some how cut off the front handle part, then attache it to a drawer that fit inside the rest?
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2007 11:01:45 PM »

installation art. a friend of mine used a suitcase for an art piece he did on some kind of history statement. right now i forget what it was, but it looked pretty sweet.


turn one into a drawing suitcase. like the ones from a loooong time ago.
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