Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
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We just upgraded my one-year-old puppy's kennel into a beast of a kennel. I saw a picture of a kennel turned into a table, and I thought - aha! Let's build something to make this sucker not so ugly.

Here is the before .... this BEAST! (I'm not sure why there are pillows and blankets on top...) But it keeps him from chewing on toys, knocking over trash cans or stealing food off the kitchen counter.  Real life here with a puppy.

I nailed 1x3's to the sides and let it dry. I had to cut a little piece of the front 1x3 for the door to swing open (more info on my full blog post)

Then I sanded down the top and edges so they were all smooth. 

I added a gorgeous espresso stain to give it lovely color and depth. My full blog post has details on exactly how to get this look using my go-to water-based stain.

To give the kennel a little more "den" like effect, and give it a little more farm house charm, I added some burlap curtains.  I thought about cute hooks, tension rods or something like that, and then I just decided to staple the fabric to the underside of the wood.  I figure it's easy enough to take off if I ever need to. 

At first I thought about building a table around it, but I want to be able to collapse and move the kennel when necessary so I settled on a removable top with nice farmhouse vintage wood and cute burlap "curtains".

And just like that the kennel isn't quite so ugly anymore, and we have a happy puppy.  It's nice to have a spot in the corner for a lamp and some plants by the window, and it's doing double duty and hiding a kennel!
This is a good reminder that we need our houses to work for us, but not to be afraid to make even the most mundane things a little prettier with a project or two. 
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Suggested materials:
  • Wood
  • Nail gun
  • Espresso stain
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  • Suzanne Martin Suzanne Martin on May 21, 2017
    Have you thought og glueing velcro around the top edge? Then you could pleat/ruffle any kind of fabric onto the other piece of velcro and remove/change/wash at will. Make sure you use the rough loop part on the wood and not the fabric.

  • Annelise Rogers Annelise Rogers on May 28, 2017
    Does the dog shake the kennel when he's in there to where he would knock the lamp or other objects off?

  • Karina Karina on Jun 03, 2018

    H, Jenni. I really like this. I have 2 of the same cages. Two questions: Because of things always being put on top of our cages, the tops have very slightly bowed. Will the weight of the topper do that, too, or does it balance out over the square footage? Secondly, I don't own a jigsaw, so was thinking maybe using a 1x2 instead of a 1x3 on the door side would work???

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  • Carrie Anne Carrie Anne on Dec 05, 2017
    I would’ve done something with it too. I like that the curtain can be opened for the dog to still see the fam. and be down for its own nice quieter spot and to hide it some that it’s a kennel. I like it, good job!

  • Donna Powell Donna Powell on Feb 13, 2018
    Great project! I am also looking to hide a large kennel and this is a great idea.