How To Turn An Old Dresser Into A Perfect Pet Hideaway!

Reinvent an old dresser by turning it into a combination bedside table and pet bed.  Here are some easy-to-follow directions to help you out.


Step 1) Remove the bottom two drawers of the dresser.

Step 2) Use a screwdriver or drill to remove the center brace. Next, remove the horizontal fascia using a reciprocating saw.

Step 3) Use a tape measure to determine the proper height, width and depth of the interior of the dresser.

Step 4) Cut a piece of plywood to size 3/4″ shorter in length and width than interior dimensions, then place the piece along the bottom. This smaller sizing will allow proper wiggle room for installing plywood reinforcement.  Tip: If you don’t have a circular saw to cut the plywood, the home improvement store will most likely cut it to size for you at a small charge.

Step 5) Use a screwdriver to remove existing hardware.

Step 6) Use sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out rough spots from dresser’s surface. Wipe dust with a damp cloth.

Step 7) Use a circular saw to cut a 4′ x 8′ sheet of beadboard to the proper height and width of interior. Use sandpaper or sanding block to remove rough spots of beadboard. Hold each strip of beadboard into place, then secure with a nail gun or screws.

Step 8) Cover the floor surface of your workspace with a drop cloth. Shake and stir can of primer, then slowly pour it into the HVLP paint container.  Coat all surfaces of the dresser with an even, controlled, sprayed coat of primer. Allow it to dry thoroughly.  Clean and rinse out the HVLP paint sprayer. Load it with your finish color, then spray two coats. Allow approximately 2 to 3 hours for first coat of paint to dry before applying second coat.

Step 9) Use screwdriver or drill to attach new hardware. Place cushion or pillow.


Taken from http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/how-to-turn-a-dresser-into-a-pet-bed-and-nightstand/index.html

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