The pitfalls:"I didn't have a level and hung them all crooked," Ki said."I then bought a leveland rehung and yes, patched the holes and repainted!What is that saying about itis easy if you ownthe right tools?"Finally, a tip:"I have vintage plaster walls and sincethe suitcase backs have keyhole-style hangersfor a flush mount, I needed to use screwswith anchors, two per suitcase.Of course, that made changing them even more difficult."They now are level and very sturdy."I dread the day I move out and have to rehang in a new place.Maybe I will just stay here awhile!"Whether you are staying put or on the move,these ledges could give your place, present or future,some seriously savvy style!Watch this space for morebehind-the-scenes tales from the latestFlea Market Style mag!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Here's the scoop on how this stack of cool vintage suitcases became oh-so-clever shelving in Ki's new Los Angeles apartment!
"It came to me by accident," Ki said. "I was looking through old design books and at a glance saw suitcases on a rack and I thought they were cut down. Not so. They were full suitcases, intact, just stacked on a rack. My eyes played a trick on me. When I realized they were the entire suitcase, I thought, maybe I could cut them off for ledges.
"I got out my paper and markers and sketched a drawing including attaching a wood insert in the back, which works to hang, but also gives the shelf stability. I scanned and emailed to Cammie and she got on it ASAP! I would guess half of my projects turn out the way I envision and this was one of them. Yeah! How-tos are in the back of the September issue!"
"We had less than a month to find the cases and they arrived just hours before the shoot at Ki's apartment," said Cammie Metheny, FMS jill of all trades and high priestess of projects.
"Yes, they were cut with a saw. You could use a hand saw, circular saw or a band saw, depending on what you have available. Just make sure and wear eyegear for protection!"
Cammie shopped flea markets and send out the call for suitcases to vendor friends, "except for the blue and white one. It's been hanging around my shop for years, so I thought it was time to give it a new life. Now it lives in LA in a great apartment with a lot of unique items to keep it company. It is alive again in its new life!"
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