Remember those old, clunky, oddly colored suitcases of tortoise shell strength that disappeared as canvas and plastic luggage took their place? If you have one lurking in your house somewhere, it is time to bring it out into the light of day and breath new life into it. For a while now, interior designers (mostly catering to the kitsch and country living folks) enlisted them as a part of vintage style decor. Women's magazines have quickly followed suit, touting them as a great was to create discreet storage spaces and unique decorative accents. Alone or in stacks, they can be placed in living rooms, bedrooms, libraries and hallways. Although I sometimes think this kind of 'still life' type of decorating makes me wonder about who the owner of the suitcase is, and why he is prepacked (is he coming or going?), I always love finding a new way to re-use something that was previously just taking up space, dusty, in my attic or closets.
While browsing one of my new favorite sites, I spotted a project using these vintage suitcases for some new and creative purposes. As with all projects on Crafting a Green World, not only are these innovative creations crafted from vintage luggage ingenious, but they are also environmentally friendly. Some suitcase transformations may take a little bit of effort, but the end result is totally worth it
Take for instance the conversion of a suitcase into a mobile supply container for the diligent hobbyist. Keeping supplies in order and ready to take along on a moment of notice is truly a nifty idea. A perfect example of this is the Mobile Studio from Bitter Betty's blog (a great place to find vintage craft projects and ideas). You can follow Betty's step by step do-it-yourself instructions and create away!
Another great idea can be seen on Vanity Case's shop on Etsy. These are absolute works of art; functional, attractive and original. Perhaps the liquor cabinet or vanity cabinet will help to inspire a few ideas of your own. I think my favorite idea was the shelf-come-writing-desk featured on Tracy Porter's site. Tracy has some great decorating tips, especially for those whose tastes run to the quirky and creative. Kelly Rae's oversized travel trunk used as a hall table with hideaway storage is also a fabulous example of how these old cases can be used to create a vintage feel to your home decor.