It’s been a while since I posted a DIY project, so I hope this was worth the wait. ;) One of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was this dog bed made from an old side table. I thought it was the cutest thing. Ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for this kind of old round/octagon table that I could transform. Who knew that my great-aunt had one all along?! I was able to purchase it from her estate sale for $15. Instead of removing the top, I decided to keep it on so the table could serve double duty.
Here is what I started with…
First I gave it a hot, soapy bath. Then I removed the door and hinge hardware (just a few simple screws). I filled in the screw holes with wood filler, let it dry and sanded off the excess.
I didn’t care much for the stone insert, so Hubs removed it for me. We had some leftover pieces of maple wood flooring, so he used that to make a wood insert. He laid the stone piece on the wood and traced it for a perfect fit. Some glue, some clamps–and voila!–good as new (almost).
Finally–ready for paint! As you may recall, I LOVE Annie Sloan chalk paint. Mostly because there’s no prep work required–no stripping, sanding, etc. Well… at least most of the time. As it turns out, this piece was an exception to the rule. After 3 or 4 coats of paint, the original stain was still bleeding through the paint. I should have known after the first or second coat, but I was in denial. Surely this isn’t one of THOSE pieces, right? Wrong. Annie Sloan’s chalk paint typically only takes one or two coats to cover completely. If it’s taking more than that–red flag!!! After a quick Google search, I found a solution–Zinsser Shellac (which forms a seal to block bleed-through). Made a quick trip to the hardware store (looking like a fool with my frizzy pony tail and scrubby paint clothes, I might add). Sprayed on just one coat, let it dry completely and topped it with a single coat of chalk paint and did a little happy dance. The shellac worked! Gave it a coat of wax and called it a day.
Next up, the dog bed cushion. It’s a fairly simple sewing project (click here for instructions). If you’re not used to working with piping, skip that step or buy pre-made piping at the craft store. There is one thing I would do differently, though–make the cushion bigger. I measured the diameter of the inside of the table and made my cushion the same diameter. I should have made it about 4″ bigger for a nice, snug fit. So keep that in mind if you try this project.
Our boys seem to love it. Hope you do, too!