|Mini-bar built in in vintage suitcase from Carson Quality Luggage|
Making a retro mini-bar from a vintage suitcase.
|I used an LED flashlight underneath the tray to illuminate the glasses|
I recently discovered through Pinterest that there were a lot of cool things that could be done with vintage luggage. I think I discovered this by looking up industrial décor, but often times this is very retro in its nature and so the two concepts tend to complement one another. One of the favorite ways to repurpose vintage luggage it seems, is to convert them into mini-bars or drinks tables. As I’m a devout fan of quality hard liquor, this seemed an appropriate first project.
|The ice bucket takes up a lot of real estate|
Since the suitcase lining was in such good condition, I was loath to tear it out, even though the fabric divider posed a few problems given what I wanted to do. Instead, I devoted myself to figuring a way keep it intact and out of the way at the same time. Essentially, I rolled it up and got it to stay in place by wedging in a tight fitting piece of artboard to which I had glued a 1930’s map repro bought in a local art supply store using techniques learned from a book on how to make scrapbooks.
|Little details matter|
Something had to go into the bottom part of the suitcase to provide a hard, flat surface to put the bottles and glasses down and shopping around a bit, I found a nice looking tray at Stokes which was just about the right width, though a bit short in depth, which worked out quite well anyway. I glued some wood slats to the bottom using Lepage Contact Cement. Once inside the suitcase, the space between the edge of the tray and the wall of the suitcase was just right depth to fit in standard soft drink cans and I use it to keep a ready supply of mixers to hand, with more below.
|Before I'd added the lower trays or the ice bucket|
Finally, I placed a 1/72 scale plastic model of a Curtiss P-40 fighter-bomber to the top of the open lid of the suitcase. The P-40 was a classic WWII aircraft produced to the end of the war and used in several different theaters.
All in all, this was a very fun project, and to boot, many of the elements needed to complete the look or make it come together, came from stuff that was just lying around my apartment or my friend's garage.