This is a story of a dog bed. A dog bed from chair parts and a drawer. Now you know I love to collect chair parts. They come in so handy (see here). About a year ago I picked up a good chair and some parts. Someone else gave me the back of a chair. Another time I found a drawer, actually a dresser but I have a small car plus I don’t think I could pick up a dresser even if I had a truck.
So I gathered up all of the parts and started fooling around with the pieces. The back of the chair became the headboard. I played around with the chair arms and it became the footboard. The drawer is the bed area.
I had a pillow form, whenever I go to Good Will I always check out the pillows because they have brand new inserts. This pillow happens to be a bed pillow. I had material with a dog motif leftover from my pet kerchiefs and a zipper.
The only thing I needed were bolts to attach the headboard or chair back to the drawer. I brought the “headboard” to the hardware store. The clerk came up with a bolt that would work so back home to create.
I measured the chair legs and sawed them to the right size to match the front chair pieces. I used wood screws to attach the chair back to the drawer. I drilled pilot holes and then screwed in the screw. I realized the bolts weren’t needed.
Once everything was put together I wiped it down with Deglosser. I primed the bed because the finish was glossy. But before I did, I wiped Vaseline on the carving of the chair back, both sides.
Once the primer was dry, it was time to paint. I used my DIY Chalk Paint recipe in white. Then I painted it with the DIY Chalk Paint in black.
As I waited for the paint to dry, I sewed the pillow cover. Basically, I used the same method I used when I made the drop cloth pillow. Except this time I didn’t sew on a ruffle.
I got out the orbital sander and sanded away. I was going for the chippy look. In the spots that had the Vaseline, the wood showed through. I waxed and buffed with the clear wax and then followed with the dark wax. To buff it out I used the buffer attachment for the drill. I also rubbed the piece with a soft cloth. Then I dabbed Miss Mustard Seed White Wax in some of the carved areas.
If I had a small dog I think it would look cute with the pup’s name on the front. But I don’t and I couldn’t convince the cats to stay on it. So off to the booth, it will go. The last one I made sold quickly so I have hopes this one will also. Besides, I have more chair parts and a drawer to make a dog bed from chair parts and a drawer.
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