Friday, March 6, 2015

~a dog bed make under~

I went into Goodwill the other day to look for a large picture frame.
I came out with a ugly dog bed.
Let me explain.
If you have little tiny dogs, the choices for beds is endless.
Cute little fluffy things, purses to carry them in, etc.
But for large dogs, I have found it hard to find cute bedding ideas.
So, even though this "basket" was a gross orangey color, I bought it anyway.
At $12.99 I knew I could do something with it.


The photo below is kind of fuzzy, but it shows an Ikea basket I have, 
which is the color I envisioned for the dog bed.


I really had no idea what I was doing, but I got out 3 paints that looked close to the inspiration basket, and watered them all down very thin in three separate containers.


Using a foam brush, I layered on the watery colors one at a time until I got the desired color.


After it dried, I added a kilim rug while the dog bed was in the wash.


Here are the two side by side again, pretty close!



Harley couldn't wait to try it out.
Perfect size!


And here's the puppy, Oakley, patiently waiting his turn.


I think I won't be so quick to pass up ugly orange baskets in the future.
Happy Friday!
xoxo

18 comments:

Hannah said...

perfect! another thing that gets the color similar to those ikea baskets is the weathered gray stain. i had 4 of those orangey baskets and just brushed that stain all over. the only down side is that it took FOREVER to dry so i had to put them out in the sun! but it saved the baskets. now i love them!

Melaine Thompson said...

Sweet, thanks Hannah! I was going to do that but I was out of the stain and too lazy to go to the store!

Love for all seasons said...

Such a great transformation! Thank you for sharing.

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

How sweet.great idea about the basket.

Jody Tolsma said...

I Love it! I am so glad you found your dog! I always wondered!!!

Elizabeth RusticMaple said...

The colour of the basket looks great. Love that Harley can enjoy it too.

Marcy said...

I am so so happy to hear that Harley is back home.. Thankful that he is ok and so glad that he is being loved on.. 9 months is too long to be kept from family.. Love your blog!!

anita said...

Question....the weathered gray stain is from what company? I love the look of the basekets. Fantastic idea.

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a lovely post!
Have a happy weekend, take care...
Titti

Bethany said...

Wow, great idea!

Pineapples and Polka Dots said...

Wow! It looks great! I have never seen a basket dog bed before, but I think my dog, Lucy, would love it! I'll have to keep my eyes out. Thanks for sharing it!

Laurie said...

Great idea! I have ugly orange baskets in storage that are going to get a makeover!

Noella said...

Lovely transformation! It is great that Harley is back! Thanks for the post! Greets!

Carla said...

Great idea and transformation.
I have an old bed topper that I hope to cut up and make a bed for my sheltie and one for my daughters sheltie. One day I'll get it done.

Maureen said...

Wonderful job on the basket! It makes my heart swell to see Harley- at home!

petcarehq said...

Dog beds can be tainted with some tarnished things. Things like hair, dribble and remaining bits of biting bones or nourishment would all be able to be found on he material on the off chance that you look sufficiently close. It just takes two or three weeks for your Dog resting region to require a decent careful cleaning.

carolyn said...

thank for share

bestadvisor said...

I like your idea! Nice work!I would love to make it.

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