Pet Bed

4 Materials
$20
Easy

What better feeling is there than to make something out of something you got free? Okay, so it does mean I pulled over onto the side of the road to pick through someone's garbage, but I have no pride. No, really, I don't. ;)
I've seen many drawer projects here at Hometalk, and everywhere else online and when I spotted two drawers in a pile of rubbish, I had to grab them. They were pretty disgusting, but nothing some cleaning couldn't change. I decided to turn one of them into a pet bed. Here is what I did. I hope you find ideas for any spare drawers you may have in your home, or your friends' homes, or you know, the garbage somewhere ... don't knock it 'til you try it!
Pretty gross, right? I had to peel off that contact paper and it was covered in dust and, gasp, cobwebs! It took some elbow grease, but well worth it.
I painted a coat of latex primer, Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 and then two coats of Americana Decor chalk paint, in Primitive, on the outside and a homemade navy chalk paint, three coats, for the inside. Recipe that I use is: Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water; stir until completely smooth. Mix that with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly.
Because the bottom was still tacky from residual glue from the contact paper, I decoupaged some black tissue paper and gave it three coats of Mod Podge for durability. I had filled the holes left from removing the drawer handle and printed out some Nova Scotia tartan print and cut a dog bone out of that, adding it to the drawer facade for decor, using white glue and three coats of Mod Podge on that as well.
For fun, I used painters tape on the sides to create some lines in bright colours.
I bought some deck topper posts to use as feet and primed, then painted them in white. They cost around $4 each at most hardware stores. My husband helped me figure out how to screw them into the bottom of each corner, which I reinforced from the inside with a small block of wood. The whole drawer and four feet were waxed and buffed.
I stuck some felt pads on the wooden feet so as not to scratch the floor.
I filled the drawer with a poofy cushion and that was that!
Sammy seems to enjoy it quite a bit! :)

Suggested materials:

  • Drawer  (Trash!)
  • Chalk paint  (bought and homemade)
  • Wood feet (pretreated deck post toppers)  (Home Depot)
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2 questions
  • Vicki DeSautel Ruzicka
    on Feb 28, 2017

    What keeps Cats from Urinating on my Carpeted Patio?

    • Kristine Kelley Bailey
      on Mar 3, 2017

      vinegar. Cats hate the smell of it. Spray some on the area they urinated on. They were using my cedar mulch as a cat box and I tried vinegar at someones suggestion. It worked.

  • Sandy
    on Apr 4, 2017

    None of the paint is harmful to the animals or smelled?
    • Marj MRC Creations
      on Apr 4, 2017

      No, Sandy. Chalk paint is non-toxic, odour-free and lead-free. You can use it while pregnant and babies, pets and others are safe around it. The wax I use is bees wax, so also very safe. :)

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