Re-purpose a vintage suitcase into a designer dog bed…in a single afternoon
To keep my sneaky Terrier, Gidget, off my spill-anything-on-it-and-I-will-sue-your-ass-off sofa, I challenged myself to some designer DIY. The project? Transform a vintage suitcase into a one-of-a-kind dog bed. Although I’d like to claim I came up with the idea myself, the original inspiration came from clever artisans on etsy. If the words “screwdriver” and “drill” intimidate the hell outta you, take the easy route by popping out the credit card and tossing some dollars etsy’s way. On the other hand, if you’ve got a full afternoon to kill and a dog eager to slobber on your Schumacher-upholstered sofa, you should get on top of this project pronto. It’s pretty easy, not to mention uber-cheap—I’ll even pinky swear on it. Altogether, it set me back about $55. That’s a small price to pay for a pee-free sofa. Not to mention a house void of cliche, dog-themed fabric—which may, in fact, be a secret portal straight to pet furniture hell.
Case by case
Sure, get excited about shopping for a vintage suitcase—just don’t get TOO excited. Why? Not just any good-looking piece of luggage will work; you’ve gotta choose one with a hard exterior. In this case, I got lucky with plastic; however, wood or metal work just as well, if not better. For the full story, more images and complete, step-by-step instructions, link below to houzz. Oh, and WOOF.