I love taking something found and figuring out a way to restyle and repurpose it for use as something entirely different. I have to
admit, I rarely come up with an entirely new idea, but I always take an idea and make it my own.
During a recent trip to the wine shop, I noticed some empty wooden crates on the floor. Naturally, the first thing to come to mind was
“what can I do with them”? I asked the gentleman behind the counter how much he would charge for them and
he said I could have them!
I had seen a dog bed a while ago that was made from a dresser drawer and thought it was a great idea. I think the wine crate is the perfect size for a bed for a small dog. Of course, I don’t have a small dog–my dog is on the large side–but I know that plenty of people do!
This is Piper-my rescue dog and the smartest dog ever! She’s just a little too big for the bed!
The first step was to cut the front of the crate down a bit so a little dog is able to hop in easily. I decided to paint this bed and used two coats of Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint left over from the cabinet I painted (earlier post on that here) a few months ago.
You can see in the top right inside corner of the crate that there is a hole drilled—there are holes drilled in the other three corners too. These are so the legs can be attached. I purchased two sets of glass closet doorknobs. You know, the kind that are for doors that just pull open. I thought the glass would give a nice touch.
(I put the little felt sticky-back dots on the bottoms of the knobs so they don’t scratch the floor.)
We did have to buy different nuts and bolts with washers for installation of the knobs because the bolt that comes with the set won’t work. (The bolt had no head and was threaded on either end so you could screw one into the other on either side of the door.)
At this point the bed looked a little plain. I had purchased some black and tan toile to make the cover for the cushion, so I figured a black stencil would do the trick. I continued the stencil all the way around.
After the paint dried, I gave it two coats of polyurethane and when dry, screwed the knob/legs on.
See the knob legs? Aren’t they cute?
The cushion is made with a standard pillow and less than a yard of fabric—make a pillowcase, stuff in the pillow and hand-stitch closed!
That’s all there is to it.
I’m off to try to talk my husband into getting a french bull dog, after all, I do have a nice bed for one!
This was one of my original posts
from three years ago when I was just “playing blogger”!
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