Transformed :: A Suitcase

cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

Hi there! Claire here, to bring you our latest before-and-after of…a pet bed! Two weeks ago, I polled you guys on which pet bed (out of 3 choices) I should create for my next DIY post. Thanks to your wonderful comments and ideas, I decided to create a combination of bed #1 and bed #3! Although Monte wanted a bed for himself, he was a little too large to fit into a suitcase, so I decided to make the perfect perch for my cat, Cat! It’s black and white, just like her, with a pop of color that adds a splash of fun. Keep reading to learn how I made this totally do-able project…
cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift
  • old suitcase (I found one at my favorite vintage store, Room Service)
  • 4 salvaged furniture legs from Etsy
  • 1″ wide painter’s tape
  • white & black spray paint
  • drill
  • pillow
  • Cat’s favorite blanky
cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift
  1. Tape off the top of the suitcase in any pattern/color design you want. (Inspired by the stitching in my suitcase I made mine chevron pattern.)
  2. Spray the suitcase with one color, let it dry, tape off the sprayed pattern, and repeat.
  3. Drill holes in the bottom for the legs and attach.
  4. Place pillow & blanket in the bottom.
  5. Add any toys or decorations to make it personal (I painted my cat’s name, Cat, onto a small board for a pop of color, and added her gold toy moose!)
  6. Set it up and let them discover and enjoy! (Cat wasn’t so sure it was going to be better than my lap…)
cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

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45 Responses to “Transformed :: A Suitcase”

  1. Steve Zinnecker

    Too cool! I may want one myself – I do have a birthday coming soon. And no, Monte and I are not working together!

  2. Jennifer

    This is darling! I so want to make one for my miniature poodle now. I think he’s probably too heavy, but perhaps I can still make one just in case he decides to shed a few pounds.

  3. Lisa R.

    Are you kidding me! She’s the coolest kitty around! I want a follow up picture with her in her new digs!

  4. Zara

    What a sweet cat you have.
    I have a few thrifted suitcases, what a great idea to add legs and make it a kitty bed.

  5. Supal

    aw I love the last pic of monte and the bed :)

  6. emily

    My MY, i cannot wait for you to design my entire home one day!! you are too clever clairey!

  7. alli

    Oh my gosh! This is too cute and clever.

  8. gabby

    This is too cute Claire! I love it and want to make one tonight for my cat, Cubby.

  9. bellis

    i loved it!!!!!!!!!!


  10. Jonii

    That’s really cute. It *almost* makes me wish I had a cat to spoil! ;-)

  11. Lori

    LOVE IT! Makes me wish I could fit a golden retriever in a piece of luggage and make him a cozy bed too! Great job and thanks for the plug.

    • Camille Styles

      I am with you there Lori… I grew up with goldens, and they are the best!!

  12. Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair

    ridiculously adorable! Going to feature at Blue Velvet Chair where my readers just love recycled and repurposed projects!


  13. modern jane

    omg. adorable! I need a bigger one for my Beaufie!

  14. Kitt

    That is absolutely perfect!

  15. Brenda

    So clever! I want a bed like that!

  16. Charlie

    I just thought I would let you know I am featuring this tutorial on my blog at

    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  17. Dallas

    Awwe..cute…I have a cat named Puppy that basically looks the inside of the bed..I think this would be perfect for her…this is going on my to-do list for my next free weekend!

  18. Kathy Conley

    This is so adorable. How do you keep the lid from closing when the animal jumps in?

  19. Claire Zinnecker

    Thanks Kathy!

    My hinge locks once it is open, but if yours doesn’t then I would suggest buying two metal straps and mounting them with screws on the inside of the suitcase (one on each side).

  20. Debra

    Love this bed so much that I may consider getting a cat and make one too!

  21. Angela

    I absolutely love this! :)

  22. Diana


  23. Inspire Me Heather

    Way. Too. Cute. Seriously, your little pet bed is adorable!! I’ve got this linked to my pets and home décor post too today, for inspiration!

  24. Ke-Nuto

    Ho do you keep the suitcase open?

    • clairezinnecker

      My suitcase locks when it is open, but if yours doesn’t you could buy two metal pieces and either prop them inside or mount them with screws (one on each side). Hope this helps!


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