Hello everyone hope you had a great week! I’ve been busy. I was given this vintage suitcase, that I loved, by a neighbor and wanted to do something cool with it, just wasn’t sure what. I realized the one thing I don’t have in my new apartment is a bar for entertaining. I do have a breakfast bar. With the apartment being so small this serves as the dining table also, so I felt I needed a beverage area.
A SUITCASE BAR- , right size, added storage, one-of a-kind piece and a conversation starter. Perfect.
old wooden picture given to me for free after failing to be sold at garage sale
one piece of tempered glass given to me from local hardware store Free
Once I had the pieces in place It was just a matter of putting the pieces together. The most difficult part was cutting the corks lengthwise. I used an exacto knife and after cutting my fingers many times and drawing blood I knew I had to come up with a better plan. It hurt.
My solution was simple. I used wooden dowels nailed to wood. Basically I made a trap for the corks making sure the cork sat snugly between the two dowels. I lined the corks up and sliced the corks in half. It went quickly, but most important not one more cut.
I glued the corks on to the front of the wooden picture which is being used as the base. I want to use this area to set a glass on. Next I added suitcase to top of base. The straps hold the tempered glass in place along with glue gun glue. I also added an old cork board picture frame so you wont have glass on glass when you set your drink down. I plan to attach the suitcase to wine rack when I reach the apartment as of now its unattached which makes for easier traveling.
I thought I was finished with this project until I went out to the deli. I came across a tag sale and of course I stopped. I found this fabulous wooden crate and realized I could expand my bar to include mix drinks. Making it a full service bar. I simply cut a piece of cardboard to size and lined the back of the crate. Hung over the suitcase this now can house any liquor bottles I would like to store.
This is being shown in my home the whole bar will be used in my apartment. The upper box will be attached to the wall and the white box will be removed.
Re-cycle Re-purpose, Reuse and Reap the benefits ….. Nancy