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DIY Modern Pet Bed

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Today is the day we’re kicking off the Summer “Get It, Got It, Go” Blog Hop with projects completed with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies purchased at The Home Depot. I’m excited about this campaign, there will be three dozen bloggers contributing ideas and I’ll be sharing them throughout the summer!

I’m starting the event with this modern pet bed we built for our good friends, they have the cutest pair of dachshunds so we built a bed for them to lounge outdoors during the day, but the bed can also be used indoors too. I painted the base a bright orange and topped it off with a striped cushion in a durable outdoor fabric.

diy modern pet bed

The bed is elevated with tapered metal legs for easy cleaning underneath and the bright color is so fun for summer! This little pup is waiting for his treat… 

modern pet bed striped cushion

 

To recreate a similar version here’s what you’ll need!

Supplies from Home Depot: 5/8” plywood sheet cut to size of base; ¾” x 5.5” poplar planks for sides; 1½” x 4’ poplar hobby boards for decorative trim; ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, 1¼” wood screws, primer & exterior paint (if using outdoors). 

This elevated pet bed is project you can build in an afternoon, it took us 2 hours from start to finish not including the painting process. I had the plywood base cut at Home Depot, then we attached the planks after we trimmed them to fit with our miter saw at home. The dimensions I worked with were 28” x 38” based on the pet bed cushion I picked up at Petco, here’s the basic box we built.

basic bed shape

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Dressed Up French Doors

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by America’s trusted lock brand, Schlage.

Our oldest daughter (my stepdaughter) is 22 and she is graduating from college in June – she will be moving home for a year to work and get some experience in her medical field before continuing her education the following year. We’re all excited around here, it means she’ll be living with us again while she works locally at her new job. We have a little studio above our garage she will be moving into when she returns home in June from UC San Diego and I’m getting it ready for her arrival in 6 short weeks!

One of the things I wanted to do was spruce up the entry to that studio. There are two French doors on the balcony that lead to the unit, so when Schlage asked me to participate in their “Dress Up Your Doors” campaign, I said “Sure, perfect timing!”

balcony french doors

A few plants and an outdoor rug were also added to freshen for spring and summer.

potted plants on balcony

These doors are a few steps away from our balcony’s sitting area, the accents on the other side of the balcony are blue so I continued the palette here.

balcony before and after

 

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