Renee Elliott

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Renee Elliott


Renee Elliott is a self-proclaimed fashion addict, food junkie and arts & craft nerd. She is the gal behind Re: Creative where she works on window displays, events and teaches craft classes.With an eye for detail, a love for DIY projects and a passion for creating, Renee is able to add her unique touch to any project.

How to Build a DIY Dog Bed

Posted by Renee Elliott Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:06 PM EST




Being someone who is both obsessed with her dog and her home, it was only natural for me to make the best dog bed around. Using an old crate, I made a dog bed that completely fits in with the aesthetic of my home and most importantly, my pup Harper loves it!



  • Wood crate
  • Sand paper 120 & 220 grits
  • Orbital sander (I prefer this but the sanding can be done by hand)
  • Hammer
  • Furniture legs
  • Painters tape
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Two colours of paint (if you’re doing stripes)
  • Paint brush
  • Foam paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Pillow that fits inside of the crate


STEP 1: Remove a plank from one of the sides of the crate by giving it a few firm taps with the hammer.


dog bed-2


STEP 2: Give the entire wood crate a good sand first using the 120 grit paper and then following with the 220 grit paper. Wipe off excess dust with a clean rag.


STEP 3: Drill holes in the bottom of the crate where you’ll be place the furniture legs. Screw in the legs.


dog bed-3


STEP 4: Now it’s time to start painting. I began with the legs, so I painted the legs and bottom of the crate black and set aside to dry. I like to use a brush in the hard to reach spots and a foam roller for the rest. I find the foam gives the paint a smooth finish.


STEP 5: Next I gave the rest of the crate two coats of white paint and allowed it to dry between coats.


STEP 6: I’m a huge fan of stripes but this is the most time consuming part of the project. Use the tape to mark out your pattern. Keep in mind where you place the tape will be where the crate remains the base colour - white in my case. Be sure to press the tape down well.


dog bed-4


STEP 7: The secret to getting nice clean lines once the tape is removed is in this next step. Use your base colour and paint over the tape and allow to dry. Trust me--it really works!


STEP 8: Now paint the rest of the crate in your stripe colour - black in my case. You may need two coats so be sure to allow to dry between coats.


dog bed-1


STEP 9: Place a pillow inside the crate and you’re all set!

Topics: Renos & DIY, DIY, DIY Decor, Pets


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