DIY Dog Bed End Table

I found this cute little table online a few years ago and decided I needed one –

You know those ’70s tables that were round or octagonal and had doors.  When you want one they’re nowhere to be found – except in an ‘antique store’ painted and ‘distressed’.  (Did I mention how I felt about distressed?  No, well it’s just as well.)

So anyway, with help from my son who loves poking around in antique stores I finally found this ratty old table – and it was ratty.  Took the doors off and sanded… and sanded and sanded and… well, you get the idea.  And while I sometimes enjoy refinishing furniture – sanding is not a fun part.

Primed with two coats of primer – let cure for 7 days, then 3 coats of yellow and then 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic on the top – which took more time and had to cure 24 hours.  Interior has upholstery fabric glued with spray adhesive, and stapled inside with the nail trim finish.  The interior required a lot of ‘crawling around on the floor.  Waaay too much fun!  And, too much waiting – I am not a patient person!!!

Emma Grace wasn’t shy about trying it out.  She had to ‘break it in’ before it was moved to its permanent location.

So a little while after putting it all together went back in the living room and there’s Frosty – he loved it and used it often.

Now there’s Koda – AND, he likes it too!

The furkids aren’t the only ones to use this table – it sits beside my love seat and holds a multitude of things on top that I want ‘at hand’ – considerably more than in the picture with Frosty 🙂

As I said, I did this project a number of years ago – not sure I have that much energy now, but I’m glad I took pictures and wrote notes.

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Bettye Rainwater

I remember that sweet bed when it was Frosty’s. Glad too see it’s still being well-used by Koda.

Caleb always liked to be under the little kitchen table so when I saw sofas put out at the curb for trash I would take one of the seat cushions and they fit perfectly nestled into the four legs of the table, and that way when it got dirty or dog stinky I could just throw it out and take another one off another sofa! I usually had one or two in reserve.


Jacki Espino
Jacki Espino

It’s beautiful. I remember when you first made it, and I’m happy to see it’s still getting good use.