End Table to Pet Bed

We transformed another end table into a pet bed. It’s been a while since I discussed our previous ones like the Peacock Pet Bed and the Red Flannel Pet Bed. I thought I’d review the steps and include some new tips.

Zinsser Shellac went down first, followed by Paris Grey from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint line. I neglected to get a “Before” photo, but you can get an idea from the interior wood. I liked the wood grain that appeared through the paint. That’d be important in the Dark Wax phase.

Pet Table From End Table


Pet Bed Burlap Grey Paint 2

Springtime is here in Florida, so David and I  painted outdoors as sunlight dappled our work area. We put down 2-3 coats of Emperor’s’ Silk, occasionally dipping our brush in a cup of water because we were running low on paint. But we finished the job with about a tablespoon to spare.

End Table to Pet Bed


End Table to Pet BedWe used a printed burlap from JoAnn’s for the interior. I measured the diameter of the floor and planned to tie twine between a pencil and a marker to draw my circle. David intervened and used a fancy compass. Either way will work. Here’s the bottom, not yet glued.

Pet Bed from End Table

I tried a new technique to cut straight lines in my burlap and highly recommend it. Pull out a single thread all the way across your piece to create a straight cutting line that won’t fray. I found this technique at Melanie and Stephanie’s site 2IY.

Gravity! Tip the end table on its side when it’s time to lay down the fabric on the inside wall. Let gravity assist you and not fight you. Work in sections and keep rotating the end table. I used Elmer’s Glue and, after I ran out, Mod Podge directly on the wood and carefully pressed down the burlap. I used an exacto-knife to cut the overage, and added more glue/Mod Podge along the edges.

End Table to Pet Bed
I left my work table for a few minutes and came back to find Starbuck testing out the pet bed. I shooed her away because this will belong to someone else’s pet.

End Table to Pet Bed

I brushed on Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax, wiped it off. Dark Wax followed: applied and wiped off. I really like the rich tone the Dark Wax gives to Emperor’s Silk and the way it enhances the carvings and wood grain.

End Table to Pet Bed

David finished the piece by putting down faux tacks along the edge of the circular burlap. Next, we staged our kitties near the pet bed. We used food as a lure. Fortunately, none of them wanted to enter the pet bed and nestle into the Petco cushion. They just wanted food.

End Table to Pet Bed


End Table to Pet Bed

Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery is hosting a Spring Parking Lot Sale this Saturday, April 18. We’ll have a tent outside. This beautiful pet bed, suitable for a cat or small dog, will be available in the tent. Our booth inside Avonlea is loaded with treasures. Currently we are offering a 15% sale on everything in Booth #76.

Stop by. We’d love to see you.Avonlea Spring Parking Lot Sale

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7 Comments on How To Make a Comfortable Pet Bed — More Tips

  1. Lauren
    April 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm (7 years ago)

    This is so cute! I love what you did to the old table. Coming from Creative Inspiration link party

    • irisabbey
      April 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Lauren. Since we’re animal lovers we like finding those old end tables and turning them into something useful and (hopefully) stylish.

  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    April 20, 2015 at 2:31 am (7 years ago)

    What a wonderfully cozy spot for a four-legged friend!

    • irisabbey
      April 21, 2015 at 5:12 am (7 years ago)

      Sharon, we’ve made a few pets very happy with these attractive, cosy beds. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Gigi Harlan
    April 22, 2015 at 11:15 am (7 years ago)

    What a great idea! The bed looks beautiful and your cats seem to like it!

  4. Donte Frutchey
    August 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

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    • irisabbey
      August 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m a retired academic who has graded my fair share of college-student papers.


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