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Woman shows how to upcycle an old table into a fancy new dog bed

June 18th, 2021

Do you feel your dog’s bed just isn’t fancy enough? It’s a situation many people face on a regular basis. Don’t worry, however, there is an inexpensive DIY method to ensure your canine pal has the fanciest sleeping setup around.

If you have some old furniture sitting around then you very likely have everything you need to build a DIY fancy dog bed.

Let us begin.

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Step one: Find an old table.

If you have an old table, you have a fancy dog bed just waiting to be built. A coffee table, end table, or night table all work perfectly for this. Just flip that sucker over and the table legs will serve as 4 fancy night posts for your dog’s new bed.

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Step two: Remove excess panels and turn the drawer upside down.

Your dog is too good to sleep on an upside-down table, of course. So, there is still much work to be done to get this bed fit for royalty, which your dog certainly is. The next step is to pull out the drawer completely.

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In order for your pooch to sleep as comfortably as possible, you should also remove any excess panels or decorative parts of the table. Get everything as smooth as possible so just the frame remains.

Now, put the drawer back in but place it upside down.

This now serves as an excellent place to keep dog treats and toys.

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Step 3: Building a base.

Next up you want to use a piece of MDF plywood and cut it to meet the dimensions of the table. Then use a powerful glue to attach it to what will be the top of the doggy bed. Then you can cut 4 pieces of wood that can be glued around the sides as well to form the frame.

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Step 4: Give everything a good sanding.

The last thing any dog owner wants is for their pooch to associate their new bed with splinters or sharp wooden pieces. That’s why it is a good idea to give the whole thing a sanding. Really make sure to get rid of any coarse feeling or possible splinter-giving sections of the table.

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Step 5: Use a stain blocker before painting.

Spraying your doggy bed with a stain blocker is also a great way to prevent the old varnish color from soaking through after you paint it. Your dog might not fully appreciate how this improves the paint job, but you will.

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Step 6: Paint and decorate the bed as you see fit.

This part really has more to do with you and what kind of look you want your dog bed to have. Once your basecoat of paint has been applied you can start to think about what sort of decorations you want to have.

In the video below, Tara uses masking tape to create a striped look for her bed. From here you should let your imagination run wild and build something suited perfectly for your canine friend.

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Tara’s video has been viewed more than 2.2 million times on YouTube. Many viewers felt compelled to leave a comment regarding how their own DIY dog bed projects have gone.

“Actually made it and it came out beautiful! But I added a canopy! Thanks!” wrote one viewer.
“Amazing, I had an old desk, I immediately embarked on a dog’s lair! :D” wrote another viewer.

You too can learn how to build a fancy dog bed from an old table with the video below.

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Source: Great Home Ideas/Country Living

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