They don’t make suitcases like they used to…the older ones have character and patina, and you can still find affordable vintage suitcases at thrift stores and in antique shops for reasonable prices. We have run across a bunch of DIY vintage suitcase projects that I think are charming enough for every home. If you have a few in the attic, or Grandma is getting ready to clean out the basement, this is a great time to grab on to them, then head on over here and click through to some of these DIY vintage suitcase projects!

Trunk Ottoman


Our featured project, above, from Funky Junk Interiors, learn to make this DIY trunk ottoman on wheels.

Create a wall display by making plod suitcases into coinage style shelving. This would require a power saw to cut the suitcases to size, then mounted to the wall with L-brackets. Make sure to mount the brackets to a stud, or use wall anchors. You could create a colorful look as here, or go for more of a textured feeling by using neutral colored cases.

DIY vintage suitcases


Or try using a suitcase as a wall storage unit, either in a powder room, or perhaps in an entry as a place to put keys and change when you walk in the door.



Use a vintage suitcase as a decorative element on a boring end table.



Add legs from the home improvement store for a conversation piece as soon as visitors walk in your door!



Another vintage suitcase shelving project by Red Hen Home, complete with instructions for this one!

Suitcase wall


Find out how to convert this old trunk into a bar cart!

suitcase bar cart


You think you’ve seen them all? How about this wonderful vintage suitcase puppet theater by Melly Sews! Crazy creative!

Suitcase puppet theater


This great use of vintage suitcases comes from the Waterfront Hotel in San Francisco.



Finally, from Something Borrowed, we love using this old vintage suitcase as a wedding card box!


Got some creative ideas of your own? Share them in our comments!

Image Credits: Reciclaedecora, Funky Junk Interiors, Houzz, Pinterest, Red Hen Home, Apartment Therapy, Melly Sews, Waterfront Hotel, Something Borrowed

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