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You can pack more than clothes in a suitcase. Vintage options abound at flea markets and yard sales and can be used for storing books and magazines, blankets, and bedside necessities. If you have a touch of wanderlust, try using a vintage suitcase as clever storage. For example:
- Turn a vintage valise covered in travel stickers into desktop storage for a travel-themed office.
- Stack mismatched suitcases next to a bed to use as a shabby-chic nightstand that can store towels and extra blankets for... a guest bedroom.
- Store photo albums, souvenirs and other ephemera in a suitcase, then place it in a bookcase styled with vintage globes or travel guidebooks.
Although it's fun to play on the travel theme when using old suitcases as part of your decor, it isn't necessary. Smart storage ideas aside, there are several other ways to use these travel standbys. Check out all of these other clever re-uses for your excess baggage to inspire your next DIY adventure.
Display travel mementos or just a treasured collection of family photos or framed art on a few wall shelves fashioned from sturdy suitcases sawed in half.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Suitcase Pet Bed
Although you can't pack your pet in your carry-on, you can make a suitcase into sweet sleeping quarters for your pet simply by outfitting it with a pillow. If Fido happens to be your travel companion, you can just close up his bed and bring it with you!Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Outfit an old suitcase with shelves, then mount it on the wall. The addition of a mirror to the front would make it an interesting medicine cabinet.
Vintage Suitcase Wall Cabinet from Adventures of MelContinue to 8 of 12 below.
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Get a Grip on Toy Storage
If you have small children, you know that toys can spill over into every room of the house. Get a grip on this common problem by using a couple of suitcases as under-the-bed toy storage. Add wheels to make them easier for little hands to pull in and out. Another option is to use smaller suitcases to house kids' art supplies and coloring books on a dresser or nightstand.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Pack an Overnight Bag for Guests
Suitcases make excellent guest room accessories. Give your guests the five-star treatment by displaying a petite vanity case filled with overnight essentials such as towels, soap and other toiletries.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Vintage Valise Guest Book