DIY Heirloom Furniture

During a recent spring clean, Jools’ Dad gave us a beautiful vintage suitcase that he’d been given as a 21st birthday present by his parents in April 1962. It accompanied him on his travels to Loughborough during his practical engineering training.

Being so stylish and with the family history behind it we knew we wanted to have it on display. Jools has recently fallen in love with Dansette legs, whilst trying to find some to fit his Wurlitzer Electric Piano, and had a spare set lying around. Over Easter, we thought we’d have a go at combining these two retro beauties to make a table that doubles up as storage.

We are so pleased with the results! Keep a look out for more Dansette inspired projects on Missalayneous in future.

Post DIY

Post DIY

Pre DIY

Pre DIY

Materials: vintage suitcase, Dansette legs, screws and sockets plus 4 wood blocks.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part.  Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part. Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

The best bit.... attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

The best bit… attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Much love and thanks to Mr Jools Scott for his DIY inspiration and talents – we make a good team 🙂

We hope you like this storage idea as much as we do. It’s easily transferable to other items such as retro trays… who knows, the possibilities are endless!

What do you think? We would love to hear your ideas.

4 Responses to DIY Heirloom Furniture

  1. Roseylivesonaboat April 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    What a brilliant idea! LOVE THIS! ♡♡

    • Layne April 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      Yey! I really love it to! Jools & I had a lot of fun making this 🙂 Xx

  2. JoolsDIY April 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Just realised this is the perfect height for a composing desk. It’s currently sat next to the piano with my latest score on top! Good work, Layne 🙂

    • Layne April 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Glad it has a happy new home 🙂 Same to you Xx

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