Up-Cycled Pet Bed
What is Up-cycling? It’s the process of turning used products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
The base of this four-poster bed was created from an end-table.
Sanding the table and removing the varnish from the table was a bit time consuming, but
Fashioning the peaked castle-like top was the BIG challange in this design. It was made from ends
of lumber which I measured, fitted, and re-measured a multitude of times to get a good fit.
When the filler and the glue were dry, and the bed sanded again. I chose a perfect pink paint applied two to three coats of paint to the whole bed.
Now the bed needed a support base for the cushion I would later make for it. A partial sheet of leftover plywood lent itself for the job quite nicely. I cut off the corners so it would fit around the four posts. Then I sanded it down, painted and attached it to the bed. It just needed trim around the edges… Once the trim was complete, the building part of the bed was done!
I turned my attention to the mattress.
Previously, I had bought a large, foam mattress to made two beds for my own dogs.
I did indeed have enough leftover for a small mattress! Perfect! It was cut to shape using a combination of a hand saw and and exacto-knife. Digging around in my fabric I found some black fabric for a cover and went to work measuring, fitting, pinning and sewing it.
Now for a bed, you obviously want to have a removable cover too. So I made the black cover a permanent cover, and FabricLand’s odds and ends bin supplied a fabulous, fuzzy pink, textured fabric which I
made into a removable cover for the mattress.
The cover has to seal somehow and zippers are notoriously difficult. Buttons? Hmmm. Too plain.
I know: Bows!
I’d bought some cute pink, zebra stripped ribbon for dog hair bows that would
work splendidly and go with the theme of the bed.
When the mattress was complete, the canopy needed to be created. We actually had some curtains on hand that were taken down and stored. After measuring, cutting and hemming the curtains, they needed to be hung.
But, how does one attach it?
Drapping the fabric on the top hid the bed’s framework. No good. It had to go inside.
How to hang the curtains was my next stumper. I rummaged up different items, tossing them aside as they failed to display the useful and regal looking qualities that I was aiming for.
You know, sometimes an answer turns out to be so simple you end up thinking you should get your head examined for not thinking of it before: Thick, sturdy wire bent and manipulated into a circle, and
inserted through a tube in the top of the canopy fabric. That gets hung by ribbons looped around it and tied onto an eye screw at the very top.
Ha! Got it!
The basics now done, it needed fancying up.
Sheer ribbon with sparkly crowns around the canopy and as ties around the bed posts…
…more pink, zebra ribbon was adhered to the peaked, castle-like roof…
…and bows and a beaded heart finished up this long, but satisfying creation.
As this took so many hours to complete, I originally priced this bed at $300. However… in order to make some room (and my dogs would be much too big to make use of this bed), I’m reducing the price (for now) to $120. For those of you like the math, that’s 60% off.
Give me a call at 905-382-6036 or email me at doggroomingbyJanice [at] gmail [dot] com
Delivery may be able to be negotiated.