Friday, February 17, 2012

Vintage Suitcase Shelves. Adorable.

I first saw these in Flea Market Style magazine.
Since then, this project has been calling my name.
I was waiting until I found the perfect suitcase and one I wouldn't mind:
Cutting in half.

I knew when I found the blue vintage suitcase last week....
That my new bedroom shelves were in there, waiting to come out.
And they did.

The Cabinet Maker made them for me. (quite handy.)
I brought home the suitcase on Saturday. He finished them on Wednesday. Yay!

Here's how he did it:
  • He cut the suitcase in half with a table saw.
  • He cut 3/4" plywood to size, made a 'French Cleat'. These are the slanted pieces of wood. One is attached to the piece in the suitcase, the other is screwed to the wall.
  • He placed the 3/4 ply with 1/2 of the cleat attached in the case, glued it in, then clamped it to dry.
  • When dry, he mounted the remaining piece of the cleat to the wall, using drywall screws.
  • Then  he ply matched the case to the mount and hung it. The french cleat pieces fit snugly together like a puzzle.

I pulled my chalkware statues over.
I've had the bike wheel and toy shovel for a while.
I've just been waiting to use them.
I thought the 'wack' was appropriate. Because I am.

 Mission Accomplished.
Not a bad project for $14.99 - the cost of the suitcase.
It's a seriously charming addition to my bedroom.

Bev looks fabulous as shelves, don't you think?

xo Jeanne.


  1. I've gotta find me a cabinet maker!!!


  2. ahhhhh so darling! so creative! i wouldn't expect anything but from you! xo


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