Ken Wingard gets creative with an old suitcase.


  • Old suitcase
  • Fabric of choice
  • Plywood sheet
  • Old belts
  • 1” shoulder brass hooks
  • 1-inch nails
  • Nail gun
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Mirror
  • Mastic adhesive
  • Drill
  • 2-inch screws
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue


1.     Gut suitcase down to shell


2.     Attach fabric with spray adhesive and trim down


3.     Cut ¼” plywood or scrap wood down to the width and length of your suitcase to create shelves with a chop saw or circular saw. You can also have your hardware store cut your plywood to size.


4.     Paint with exterior paint to help lock out moisture


5.     Secure the shelves in place with nail gun. Attach from the side and the back of the suitcase.


6.     Attach mirror to the front of the suitcase with “Mastic”. The size of your mirror will depend on the size of your suitcase. Be sure to leave no less than one inch all the way around the mirror. If you can’t find the right size mirror pre-cut, you can always have one cut for you.


7.     Mastic is a high-grade construction adhesive. It has superior holding strength; it’s easy to apply and sets quickly. It will give extra hold to the slick surface of the mirror.


8.     To mount the cabinet, start by finding a load bearing part of your wall. Pre-drill holes in the back of the suitcase and then anchor the suitcase to the wall with washers and screws.


9.     For any items that can hang, take a piece of scrap wood and trim it down to the appropriate length for your suitcase. Attached 1” shoulder brass hooks to the scrap wood. Hot glue the wood onto the inside of the door of the suitcase cabinet.

10. Hide the nails, and held secure the items on your selves, with left over belts. Buckle the belts and cut off the ends to the length of the shelves. Simply hot glue the belt ends over the nail holes.

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