Monday, April 25, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Ideas

 The clock is ticking, I know, on my plan to finish my 10 projects in three weeks.  If I were the panic-y type I'd be there.  But, I'm not.  I'm more the rollin' with the punches type.  

So, when I realized I'd planned my 10 projects at the same time I was working on an out-of-town wedding for a friend, I just checked out for a week (which is more like a year in "blog" time) and planned on playing catch-up when I got home.  The story of my life...

Remember my pile?  I'm on the second of ten projects -- the vintage suitcase.  

By chance, my husbands initials are CW.

I paid the most for it, $10, and thought it was so perfect on the outside I didn't even open it to look at the inside! 

Bad move.  

(I photographed it here so as to soften the blow.)

I spent the morning surfing the web for inspiration...

...and found all these pictures on Pinterest. 
I have to admit I'm not 100% sure what Pinterest is except to say it's really very cool.

Very inspiring.  And what do I have in mind for mine?  You'll have to wait and see...

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  1. that dog bed idea is superrr cute! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with it :0)

  2. I will have to check out this Pinterest you speak of looks like it has amazing ideas..... can't wait to see what you are going to do with your suitcase.

  3. I'm like Debbie, the last little dog bed is too precious! I have enough old suitcases that I've collected through the years that they are now the bedstands in two rooms and hold the holiday decor for those two bedrooms!

  4. I just bought a vintage train case today. Was wondering what I was going to do with it. Anxious to see the end result of yours!

  5. WOW I never would have thought to make a medicine chest that's really creative, to me.

  6. How clever, I love the dog bed and all the craft boxes. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. So many inspiring ideas! Love the suitcase as a little doggie bed...Too cute. Can't wait to see what you'll turn yours into. Hurry! :-)

    Hugs and Kisses,

  8. Well, it's a good size, Lindy, and I'm sure there is a lot of potential there. I'm sure you will come up with something wonderful! I love the one that looks like a portable craft storage case. Very neat and well organized.

  9. My favorite is the animal beds! so cute!

  10. Can't wait to see what you come up with, inspire us all !
    Hugs, Amy

  11. I am in no way shape or form considered "creative." I LOVE looking at what other people have done, and then try to do something similar. We live in NC, and we bought our house 2 years ago this June, and we have planted a pear and 2 apple trees when we moved in. We also have 2 blueberry bushes, 4 grape vines, and a mulberry tree to plant this week as well. We're wanting to have some raised bed garden beds on the side of the house as well and maybe a couple of chickens. We're not going to be able to get much as we only have about 1/3 of an acre, and we have Greyhounds that need running room as well. I guess we didn't really plan out the whole planning for what we wanted to do when we bought our house!

  12. Really cool ideas! I use an old red set, given to me from my Grandmother, for toy "box" storage. They make nice decorations in my living room and the nieces and nephews know to go straight to them for some fun with the toys. Another really old set, given to me from a friend, are used as an side-table beside one of my couches. I also use them as props for my photography. Vintage suitcases have endless possibilities! Can't wait to see what you do with yours. :o)

  13. I'll be watching and waiting for your suitcase update... haven't checked out Pinterest yet.
    btw-- blogger spell check, doesn't recognize Pinterest...hmmm... must be pretty new, but- I'm seeing it everywhere.

    blessings- Pat

  14. Way cool ideas! Anxious to see what you do with it. But I like the way you have it ♥♥

  15. I am convinced it will be splendid!

  16. I love the old suitcase...the faux gator is fab! So many cute ideas to use it for...cute doggie beds...Tiff Visit me over at The Cranky Queen sometimes.

  17. I love using old suitcases in my house. They are fun and great storage. I have several I am selling in my Etsy shop that I have found while out and about. What some call junk...I call love.

  18. Ok. I'll wait. I'm sure it'll be fabulous. Have a great week. Tick tock, tick tock. Just kidding. :0)

  19. Okay, Lindy- waiting to see what YOU come up with-I am sure it will be as cool as anything you showed here-probably even better! Don't you love the little dog ones? Hugs- Diana

  20. Lindy, Beth alerted me this morning that I'd left the wrong link :( Here's the correct one!

  21. Oh I have a very similar pile to get done....AND I had no idea being MIA for a week is like a YEAR in blogland..LOL

    My bad..

    LOVE that suitcase.....I just got a couple and I'm planning on stalking bunch...with a lamp or cute knick knacks on top..

    and will LOVE's a way to keep all your bookmarks organized in one place...

    I stalk blogs and when I like something I bookmark it so when I have time I can come back to it...well I bookmark on three different computer and can never find it..

    With's all in one place!! Even when you are away from's AWESOME

  22. That's so funny -- that would be ME! So excited about the outside and never checking the INside! But what great ideas you found! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  23. Here is another idea;-)

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  25. Wow, Lindy, those are some gorgeous finds. I really love that suitcase.

    You're more than welcome to link up at the Sunburnt Cow link party.

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  26. Hi Lindy, I think your little suitcase is wonderful and I know you will come up with a creative idea for it. Thanks so much for joining my party.

  27. I LOVE vintage suitcases. Some great ideas here. Mine hold my scarf collection, out of season clothes, craft projects in progress, catalogs, etc... Great post!

  28. I love vintage suitcases and train cases. I think those little doggies look adorable and so very happy.

  29. Can't wait to see what you do with the suitcase. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party!

  30. Great ideas!!! I have two old suitcases that were my dads, that I wasn't sure what to do with...I'm still not sure...but you've got me thinkin in a whole new direction.
    By the way I am your newest follower...Love your blog!

  31. I adore suitcases, picked up the cutest one yesterday! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence.

  32. I would love to find a suitcase like that, thank you for the inspiration!

  33. LOVE vintage suitcases and buy them all the time just to stack them.
    These photos are great. So much fun to think "out of the box" and find new and intersting ways to use the storage!

  34. I have a precious, handicapped Shih Tzu that I take care of better then myself! When she was only 3 months old, she was shut in a door and was instantly paralyzed from her mid-back to her legs. I must have at least 15 dog beds for her so she can be comfortable at all times!!! She adores all of them and has never been happier! To top it off, the beds I get stay clean naturally thanks to nanotechnology! I couldn’t recommend them more! 


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