Thrift Store Hash: Side Table Pet Bed

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’s amazing the things you can find if you just have the patience to look for them. Fifteen dollars! Thrift store gold if I ever did see it.

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!



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10 Responses to Thrift Store Hash: Side Table Pet Bed

  1. Taylor de Sa says:

    I love this idea! Such a nice alternative to dog beds all over the place like we have!

  2. Christine says:

    This is adorable, as usual, but I’m pretty sure Baylee would be afraid of it!

  3. Courtney says:

    SUCH a good idea! It turned out beautiful and I love the knobs you used 🙂

  4. rbjohnsonii says:

    I love the idea AND the execution. I have 2 dogs, an alleged miniature Australian Shepherd, who is 3 and my 13.5 year old Jack Russell. I have wire kennels I use during the day, which feeds my borderline irrational paranoia that my house could catch fire and my dogs would be confined. I have an idea to install a pet door beneath the window in my bedroom, and build a “doghouse” that doubles as a window seat with an interior door access. I actually did score a dog door on clearance for $10 a few weeks ago, and your project has inspired me to further develop the plan. Thanks! p.s. This plan will obviously necessitate installing doggie-cams, zoning my yard, and an outside-to-inside dog management strategy, but because my social life is also lacking, nothing makes me feel more alive! 😉

  5. Koliti says:

    That’s something that’s hard to come by…
    A “Pet-Friendly” DIY upgrade! Beautifully done!

  6. betterafter says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s the cutest thing ever. It looks like she loves it! I also love the knobs you used, the whole thing is just adorable!

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