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I love to reinvent furniture. Sometimes instead of simply adding a whole new coat of paint, you can completely change the function of something just by adding a few extra pieces of wood. This year I decided to surprise my mom, who is a huge dog lover, with a new custom dog bed for Christmas. This project is really easy to recreate and only took a few days to put together.
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Here is what you will need:
A table the same size you would like your dog bed to beMolding for edges
A wide and long piece of wood for basePaint for bed Paint for windows Wood screws A saw Decor for your dog bed
How to make a Custom Dog Bed
Find a table to use as a base. I shopped thrift stores off and on for about a month before I found the perfect base for my project. It was a long and narrow console table that had the perfect dimensions for where it would go in my mom’s home.
Here is what we started with:
Next, we prepped the table by removing a few curvy accents on the insides of the legs and sanded off any rough spots.
After the table was prepped, the first thing we did was cut a piece of wood that would serve as the floor on the bottom of the bed. We cut this piece of wood to be flush with all of the table legs.
Next, we drilled this in to the bottom table legs using wood screws.
Then, we cut pieces of shiplap to the length of the back of the table and drilled them onto the outside.
We used decorative molding to create the side lip of the dog bed. We cut three pieces of molding, for the front and the two sides. My husband then cut some small slivers out of the moulding that would serve as the corners of the dog bed and secured them with liquid nails.
Painting the dog bed:
Once the dog bed was assembled, we painted it with white chalk paint. While painting the inside, I decided that I liked a little rougher look, so I only put a thin coat on the back wall and allowed the wood to show through.
As a finishing touch, I dry brushed a hint of grey over the white to give the bed a distressed look.
Creating the side windows:
The side windows are made out of craft metal sheets. We cut the metal to fit in the side openings, using scissors.
Next, I spray painted the metal sheets copper.
Once all of the paint was dry, we used a staple gun to staple the metal sheets to the inside side edges of the dog bed.
We finished up the dog bed by adding a cute sign and some blankets. The top of the table originally had mirrors on the top so we replaced those as well.
Here is the finished Custom Dog bed:
I hope you will consider making a custom dog bed of your own. Not only can you create one to fit in any space, but you can customize it to your own style! The sky is the limit with what you can do!
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