• Suitcase Shelves! DIY!

    Did you somehow miss the suitcase shelve project in the Flea Market Style magazine Fall/Winter 2011 issue? We highly doubt it, but if so- you're in luck! Here's the skinny on how to re-create Ki Nassauer's suitcase shevles (from her very own living room!) in your home:

    You'll need to start with a drab, blank wall like this.

    Then, you'll need to grab some super cool hard-sided vintage suitcases like this.

    Other materials needed include:

    1"x12" wood

    d-rings or other handing hardware

    1/2" screws

    Wrangle up these tools:

    tape measure



    circular saw or hand saw




    Now here are the steps:

    Remove the fabric and accessories from inside suitcase before cutting.

    Measure and mark a 4" deep cut line on suitcase.

    Saw each side of the suitcase individually.

    Measure and cut a pices of wood to fit into the back inside of the cut suitcase.

    Pre-drill and screw two screws on each side of the suitcase to secure the wood inside the suitcase.

    Attach hardware to back of wood for handing or use a keyhole router bit to achieve a perfectly flush mount.

    Mount on wall!

    And voila! You should end up with spectacular shelves like this:


    Good luck and happy junking!





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    • Sarah Nicholson says...

      Hi I love these shelves and have brought my suitcases ready. My suitcase shelves are going to be in alcoves either side of fire place, so i wanted to make the shelves a bit dealer is there any reason I can’t make them 8" deep. I am doing the whole house up and love vintage quirky ideas. Any advice much appreciated. Sarah

      On July 02, 2016

    • Michelle says...

      These are awesome

      On February 22, 2013

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