6 More Ways to Repurpose Vintage Suitcases

Jun 21, 2010 by

On Thursday, I’ll be saying goodbye to San Diego and aloha to Hawaii, and with this inspiration, I’ve rounded up more ideas on how you can repurpose vintage suitcases into new treasures.  Enjoy — and I’ll see you on the other side of the Pacific next week!

This is the BEST repurposed suitcase idea I have ever seen.  Yes, you are looking at a bass made out of a vintage suitcase by Daniyel.  And the best part is that this crafty musician has posted step-by-step DIY instructions on his blog.

Use your vintage suitcase as a planter tray for your indoor specimens, as seen via Junk Warehouse Online

I’ve blogged about suitcase tables before, but I love what lovenostalgicwhimsy has done with creating an entire set of luggage coffee and end tables with their color-coordinated legs.  Charming!

I once hoarded half a dozen vintage suitcases in the hopes of stacking two columns of three to four suitcases and then topping it with a glass piece or antique French door to turn into a desk.  Alas, I sold all of my vintage suitcases during my last move, but here is a modern creation made of leather briefcases from the talented Maarten De Ceulaear, who you may know for the pile of suitcase armoires.

From the uber-creative JunkTion comes a great piece of repurposed furniture – a sofa made from an old vintage trunk.  It’s like the human version of the repurposed luggage pet bed that has been quite popular in the blogosphere.

A vintage suitcase gets a new life as an ambient light by Jo-Annie Larue – what a clever idea!

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From a Vintage Car into a Repurposed Sofa

May 25, 2010 by

While perusing Bel & Bel’s portfolio beyond their Vespa office chair, I stumbled upon the greatest conversation piece one could own: a vintage 600 SEAT Model D car repurposed into a sofa!

The sofa is equipped with working headlights, which are perfect for ambient lighting in a room, as well as an audio player.  I simply am in love with this piece and wish they shipped to the US so I could buy it for my son’s room!

Not to waste any piece of the SEAT 600, the back of the car has been ingeniously repurposed into a CD rack, which also has a built-in audio player.

Of course, there’s a version for the iPod, using the rear of the car as a repurposed docking station.  My oh my, I will never look at auto junkyards the same again!


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Vespa in Your Office: Repurposed Vespa Chair

May 20, 2010 by

Look out Herman Miller! Repurposed Vespa office chairs may just take you by storm. We all loved the faux repurposed Vespa rocking horse, but this reincarnation by Bel&Bel works for the coolest of adults too.

The repurposed chair has all of the modern workings of a comfortable seat, including ergonomic considerations, a hydraulic piston for height adjustments, and soft supple leather for the upholstery.


Better yet, the chair is available in white, red, gray, silver, and blue.  Decisions, decisions!

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Growing Lamps out of Logs

May 11, 2010 by

While catching up on my DudeCraft reading, I stumbled upon Sean Woolsey‘s work, and his recent lamp logs really intrigued me.  I love the wild feel of these lamps and how each neck is shaped based upon the unique base.  The reclaimed wood wall in his studio (which serves as this photo’s backdrop) is wonderfully rustic and wabi sabi too.

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A Truly Repurposed Piano Bar

May 2, 2010 by

This repurposed grand piano gives an entirly new meaning to the phrase “piano bar!”  While I strongly oppose gutting a working or salvageable piano (which is, of course, how I feel about despicable typewriter “key cutters”), if a piano is beyond repair, repurposing it into a bar is a marvelous idea, as created by Retreat Design.

The hammer box was gutted to create a storage space for bottles, an ice bucket, and glasses.  In the body of the piano, the strings were replaced with wine storage racks, creating a true bar from top to bottom.  Now it’s possible for us to have a piano bar in our homes!

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11 Uses for Repurposed Library Card Catalogs

Apr 6, 2010 by

If you find a library card catalog for sale, there are a plethora of ways you can repurpose these literary treasures.  I’ve blogged about a DIY card catalog coffee table and my library card catalog turned bookcase previously, and here are 11 more ways to use card catalogs in your home.   Tomorrow I look forward to sharing a new and fresh way I’ve repurposed one of my card catalogs — and I don’t think card catalogs have been used this way just yet!

I first used my library card catalog as a buffet in my dining room, holding my linens and silverware.  Tanna Clark uses hers for a similar purpose, organizing silverware in her kitchen.

This is one of my favorite uses for a library card catalog!  As a kitchen island topped with a butcher block, the small drawers and labels are perfect for holding and organizing your spices, as seen via DIY Ideas .

For holidays, fill your card catalog with flowers and plants, as seen in a wedding via josevillablog.

If you are like me and have a huge collection of vintage scarves, organize them by color or style in your card catalog, as seen via MadeWell.

Small card catalogs are perfect for storing makeup and cosmetics, as seen via lifeandlim.

Cultivate the naturalist within yourself and use your library card catalog to protect your delicate findings, as seen via Each Little World.

I guess I wasn’t the only one who saw the usefulness of the card catalog as a buffet, as seen via design*sponge.

Indeed, the card catalog makes an ever-so-useful organizer, as seen via Small Notebook.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles sisters support themselves by creating beautiful religious works of art, and they store their sewing and embroidery supplies by color in repurposed library card catalogs, via Hooked on Needles.

Could there be a more intelligent way to indulge in your favorite alcoholic beverages?  As seen via Apartment Therapy.

While this may not find a place in your home, reusing card catalogs as a station for the computer-assisted Dewey Decimal system is both ingenious and hilarious, as seen via Library By Design.

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