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Homemade dog bed or cat bed.

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The big one started off as a trial bed for a friend. It was way too much work to be cost effective. The two smaller ones were ideas I got off of another blog. My husband built them, I did all the finishing work. Painting them is a pain. The cushions are pillows covered in fabric found from Goodwill(the black and white one, not the others!
http://makemeprettyagain.blogspot.com/
  • homemade dog cat beds, diy, pets animals, woodworking projects, Chalk Paint Sealed with paste wax
Chalk Paint. Sealed with paste wax.
  • homemade dog cat beds, diy, pets animals, woodworking projects, This one was done with regular latex paint and the Goodwill fabric
This one was done with regular latex paint and the Goodwill fabric!
  • homemade dog cat beds, diy, pets animals, woodworking projects
  • homemade dog cat beds, diy, pets animals, woodworking projects
  • homemade dog cat beds, diy, pets animals, woodworking projects

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  • Dana M
    Dana M Troy, MO
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I'm guessing the other blog you're referring to where you got the dog bed idea is mine.... this could easily be my most copied post... http://craftedniche.com/2011/10/28/a-finishing-touch-for-roxys-bed/

    • Beth H.    Makemeprettyagain.blogspot
      Beth H. Makemeprettyagain.blogspot Diamond Bar, CA
      on May 7, 2015

      @Dana M Just now saw your reply. Yes it is Dana.I never made a blog post about this item, I just put under my woodworking stuff. However, I did go to your blog (CraftedNiche) and comment on your original blog post AND ran it by you. I asked you if didn't mind that I copied your idea, but put my own swing on it. I would never steal someone's idea and not acknowledge them. I apologize for not mentioning your blog name above. This is your reply to my comment: Dana says:April 12, 2012 at 6:55 pmBeth I’m so thrilled! Your beds are SO cute! Everyone should visit your site to see them under your woodworking projects. Love the finishing touch with the routered edges. Very nice!

  • Nora Lanier-Kohl
    Nora Lanier-Kohl Cockeysville, MD
    on Jul 25, 2014

    Went to your link Dana M...it is very similar.

  • K
    K Murfreesboro, AR
    on May 23, 2015

    Cute idea. Love the bed thief.

  • Julie Benson-Grant
    Julie Benson-Grant Kansas City, MO
    on Jul 5, 2015

    Beth H. There are a couple of things I might do differently if you want to increase your profit margin. First, I notice that you're using some mighty nice wood that you're painting! Switch to plywood or composite wood - use only the good stuff if your staining. Good job with the fabric from GoodWill... but you should also put an ad on CraigsList asking for any material that someone wants to get rid of... meaning any of what is being used to build these beds; wood, trim, paint, fabric and/or pillows or stuffing. Sometimes you have to put up with junk, but sometimes people just want their garages and basements back! I recently picked up a bunch of foam scraps from an upholstery firm... perfect for when I am working on doll furniture. Dog beds wouldn't be much of a stretch from there. Oh, and skip the Swarowski crystals (unless you get them very cheap). Lastly, it is always easier and sometimes cheaper if you create in an assembly line type of construction. Making three or four at the same time might allow for better use of materials - say for example, a sheet of plywood - and also saves time. Having multiple done at the same time offers a better selection for your customers as well and make for easier selling. Hope this helps!

    • Beth H.    Makemeprettyagain.blogspot
      Beth H. Makemeprettyagain.blogspot Diamond Bar, CA
      on Aug 1, 2015

      @Julie Benson-Grant Thanks Julie. It's not so much the cost of supplies (that is cheap plywood, btw) but the time we spent making it! supplies were probably around 40-60 bucks. If that. But the amount of hours that went into making it is why I said it's not cost effective. If I can only sell them for 75-80 bucks, well, forget it! That's like 2 bucks an hour profit. Not worth it. I've moved on to my refinishing vintage furniture. profits are much better!

  • Carol darden
    Carol darden Richmond, VA
    on Oct 4, 2016

    Adorable!

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