Finally got around to finishing one of my long-standing projects this weekend! After months of sitting in the garage, the time had come.
I stumbled across an adorable DIY over a year ago. It was a side table with enclosed storage but the storage unit was fit with a pet bed. Isn’t that cute?! Since I currently have no social life and treat my pets as if they were tiny, little people who understand everything I tell them…I saw this as a perfect outlet for my creativity.
It surpised me how many side tables of this design I found at thrift stores and flea markets. So they are not hard to find if you are wanting to do this project.
I had been keeping my eyes peeled for quite some time and after a few months, I finally found one I really liked. Fifteen dollars at Goodwill. Glory moment major! I had to assemble a stake out for nearly 45 minutes before my less-than-pleased mother could arrive with the Honda.
I am so loved!
It needed a serious paint job. And smelled strongly of thrift store. Which, despite my obvious affinity towards them, is not on my list of top five favorite smells.
Had some left over paint from a previous project. I’ve been asked what kind of paint I use and for this particular piece I used Valspar Prime and Paint (in Tuxedo) from Lowe’s with a satin finish. The satin finish is nice because it gives a smoother, matte-like appearance. However, it’s more prone to scratches and nicks so touch-ups are sometimes involved. For pieces that will experience more traffic and wear i.e. coffee/kitchen tables, go for a semi-gloss finish. It’s shinier/slicker but more durable and easy to clean.
Picked up some new plaid hardware from Hobby Lobby.
With the most simple sewing skills I have, I puzzle-pieced the pet bed together myself. But any standard bed would have worked or even just a comfy blanket. After some embarrassingly complicated math, I measured out my template on tracing paper, cut it out, and transferred it onto my fabric. Added a zipper for easy removal and cleaning.
Tips and Tricks: Instead of creating a pillow insert, stuff it with old bath towels to save time and a buck. They’ll never know!
Also, if there could ever be an award for World’s Best Frame…it would go to this one from Hobby Lobby. I’ll take five more, please.
The stellernarious Grace print is from Emily Ley. Girl crush extreme. She has one of my favorite websites out right now with prints, organizational materials, and monogrammed home goods. Some more of her adorable goodies:
I am almost 100 percent certain that my cats will never actually use this. It’s like they’re saying, “I realize you devoted countless hours, resources, and money to do this, but if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen playing with a hair elastic and some lint.”
Well…you can’t please everybody. But at least someone appreciates my hard work!