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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Doggy bed!!!

I'm sorry that I have not blogged lately. I have been in this depressed, bored, lazy slump, and I have had too much personal stress going on. I am finishing my 2 weeks notice out at my current job and going to work for my grandfather, I am actually relieved cause I need a break from nursing big time and I want to spend more time with the family anyway. I also had to make a last minute out of state trip for my little sister which totally wore me out. 10 hours one way, not fun. Add my snoring mother to the one night hotel stay = no sleep for either of us. But we are survivors and we made it! I love you, Mom, btw if you are reading this.
Okay so back to business. I found this awesome idea on Houzz.com  http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/177690/list/DIY-Project--Vintage-Suitcase-Dog-Bed

BTW if you are not checking out Houzz on a regular basis you are missing out! I love that they have an iPad app too.

Here is the before pic, the blue color is pretty but not going to work for the room I am putting the dog bed in.

 Anyway the steps are pretty much the same as the link describes. I have to say, getting the bed apart was the hardest part of the whole process. The luggage I had bought at a flea market for $2 was sturdy but did not have regular screws, the hinges were like brads. OMG this was hard work, I beat it with a hammer, pried it with a screwdriver(which broke the screwdriver) and finally i opened it, turned it inside outish, and stepped on it to break the hinges free, that only freed one of the them, the others I just had to keep prying with my broken screwdriver. Here is a photo of the aftermath.

Okay here is is ready to be painted, yes! I am going to spray paint it!!!

Have I mentioned that I love KILZ spray primer!

Okay so for the legs, I had this old $4 table that I was not using and since the legs needed a support inside the suitcase I decided to use the legs off this table and the base of this table, I just toke it apart and used my skill saw to cut the sides off that I needed.

Then I drilled the holes for the legs.

Attached legs

For the cushion, since I cannot sew and didn't want to spend any money I used some fabric I already had and a pillow. I didn't have enough to cover the whole pillow but it wasn't necessary anyway.

Wallah! I think it needs more!

Of course buttons, flowers, and rik rak make it complete.

Dottie was very happy to model the bed for us lol, I think she likes it!!!

Okay I have WAY more stuff to work on, also some more posts of things I have already done. So I will see you next time!!!

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  1. http://www.tipjunkie.com/handmade-projects-8/

    for some reason this button would not link right on my post so here is the website with so many other cool projects on it!!

  2. Oh my gosh, that is awesome! I'd love for you to link up this or any other ideas you have on DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

  3. Very cool! I'm keeping my eye out for old suitcases, I want to make a chair for my daughter's room. Your doxies are adorable! Hubby grew up with a short hair black and tan. I think when Jasper goes, we might consider another dachshund. I really love the dapples. We might just find a rescue and let a dog "pick" us, ya know? Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this!!! That color is fantastic!