D.I.Y. Dog Bed (side table makeover)

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.

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

Here is what I started with…

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

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.

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

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).

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

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.

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

Our boys seem to love it. Hope you do, too!

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  1. Jennifer says

    That is fabulous! And, so creative.
    I’m going to share with a friend, who would love this idea!

    xo Jen

  2. Erin says

    My dog looks exactly like yours. My daughter thought it was our dog! I got Riley at the humane society and they said he was a wheaten terrier. Is that what you have? Just curious.

  3. Amy says

    I am looking at doing something like this for my dog but was afraid of how large I needed it to be. Can you tell me the dimensions of your table so I know better what to look for? Thanks so much so excited after seeing your post my baby will love it!

    • Amy says

      Also did your dog have any qualms going into the new bed area? I wasn’t sure since it is sort of enclosed and was curious. Thanks!

  4. says

    I love the ideal of the table for dogs, in fact my toy poodle looks just like the one in the picture, it would give the closeness as a dog needs, my dog sleeps in our bed which I have learned that is not good, but I have tried and tried to break the habit . Hadn’t had any luck w it, but I love the ideal !

  5. Phyllis says

    I love this! I have a boxer and would love to do something like this. I just can’t visualize a good piece of furniture that would be large enough. Any suggestions on what to look out for?

  6. Michele says

    This is a great idea! I saw this a few months ago and started looking for one of these tables. Finally found one on Craigslist FREE! It will be my weekend project and can’t wait to see my 11 lb furbaby in it!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  7. Sue says

    FYI for anyone interested. If you have a wood that “bleeds” meaning the tannin seeps through usually on red hued woods like mahogany or cherry and some pines, use Vintage Market & Design Block-It. It’s an amazing product. I like their line of paints much better than Annie Sloan and especially the price and 72 colors to choose from!

  8. Lottie says

    I came across your pin and can’t believe how much your darker dog looks like ours. They look like twins. Ours is a shih-poo from Sunny Day Puppies. Could they be related?

    • says

      Both of our dogs are Havanese. They are from VanCort’s Happy Havanese in Lansing, MI. They do look a lot like shih-poos, tho!

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