Give your pampered pooch her own designer doggy bed handmade from an up-cycled end table. She will have the benefit of a cozy place to relax and you will enjoy the convenience of having a functional and attractive piece of furniture to contain her bedding.
Sand the end table with medium-grain sandpaper to remove dirt and debris, and to roughen old finishes so that a fresh coat of paint will adhere well. Sand the piece a second time with fine-grain sandpaper including the underside of the piece. Use a damp cloth to remove dust created by sanding.
Attach furniture feet to the four corners of the table top - - to make the table into a bed, the piece will be turned upside down and these furniture feet will raise the bed off the floor a few inches. Mark where to drill a hole 2 inches from the edge of each corner. Use a 5/16 drill bit to drill the holes to a depth of ½ inch. Screw the furniture feet into the holes.
Turn the end table upside down so that the original table legs are sticking up like a four-poster bed. Use a hammer and a nail to punch a pilot hole into the top center of each table leg. Screw a curtain rod finial into each pilot hole.
Apply a coat of spray paint primer to the entire piece. Use smooth side-to-side spraying motions and spray on several thin layers rather than just one thick layer. Allow the paint to dry then repeat this step with your preferred base color of spray paint.
Add designer flair to the piece by using a paint brush and acrylic paints to add decorative designs to the piece. You can even glue on embellishments such as rhinestones, wooden letters that spell your dog’s name, buttons, beads or decorative hardware.
Measure the length and the width of the area inside the table legs of the dog bed to determine the size of the rectangle of foam you need to cut. Add 1 inch to each measurement so that the cushion can expand and fill the space once it is covered and placed. Mark these dimensions on the top of your foam piece. Use a permanent marker and a yardstick to draw a straight line along the top edge of the foam where it needs to be cut.
Use an electric kitchen knife to cut your foam to the correct dimensions. Line the foam up on the edge of a work table so that the knife blades can extend below the table surface. Cut the foam following the line you drew. Repeat this step if you need to cut more than one side.
Use this no-sew method of covering the cushion so that it is easy to remove the fabric for washing on a regular basis. Add 3 inches to the length and width dimensions of your foam rectangle. Then double the width. For example, a foam rectangle 18 inches by 12 inches would need a piece of fabric 21 inches by 30 inches. Cut your fabric to the dimensions you calculated.
Lay the fabric face down on a work surface. Place your foam rectangle in the center of the fabric. Wrap the foam in the fabric just as you would wrap a present. Pull the lengthwise sides so that they overlap in the middle of the bottom of the foam. Fold under the edges and secure the seam with several safety pins.
On each end, fold down the fabric and turn under the edges at an inward angle. Pull both layers of fabric over the cushion so that they lay on top of the previously pinned seam. Turn under the edges and secure with safety pins. Place the cushion with the pinned side down inside the perimeter of the dog bed.
Work in a well-ventilated area when using spray paint.
Try various sizes of bed pillows to use instead of a foam cushion.
You can add a headboard or canopy to give your dog bed a bit of extra whimsy.
Items You Will Need
- Four-legged end table
- Medium-grain sandpaper
- Fine-grain sandpaper
- 4 furniture feet with pre-attached 5/16-inch bolts
- Drill with 5/16-inch drill bit
- Hammer and nails
- 4 Curtain rod finials with pre-attached screws
- Spray paint primer
- Spray paint
- Embellishments such as rhinestones, buttons, beads, decorative hardware
- 4-inch thick foam rectangle large enough to cover the surface of your end table
- Electric kitchen knife
- 2 yards durable fabric
- Safety pins
- Try various sizes of bed pillows to use instead of a foam cushion.
- You can add a headboard or canopy to give your dog bed a bit of extra whimsy.
- Work in a well-ventilated area when using spray paint.
Jenny Newberry, a former teacher with 25 years of experience, is a professional writer and photographer and holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. in elementary and special education from the University of South Alabama. She is also a history buff, praise and worship pianist, pet enthusiast, avid crafter and hobby gardener.