My son and I rescued another end table from an estate sale. Solid wood and weighing around a hernia, we found ourselves drawn to its intriguing carvings. Red Pet Bed Unpainted Unlike our earlier pet bed converted from an end table, we decided to leave the doors on because of the eternal pet debate: when company visits, should you close up your pet’s sleep space if you are able? Or should you leave it out because your pet is part of the family? I see it as a personal preference. This should have been a quick job but we ran into obstacles at every turn. It was very dirty. Every job begins with a thorough scrubbing using Simple Green cleaning solution. Inside and out, with sponge and a clear water rinse. A pet’s home should be pristine. Zinsser Shellac came next, exterior and interior, followed by a couple of coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White. We planned to have a white pet bed, but the dark wood and oils kept bleeding through.

Old White
Old White

We shellacked again over the Old White and opted for a stronger color: Emperor’s Silk, a  striking red.

Emperor's Silk
Emperor’s Silk

Once painted, David waxed the top. Big Red Flag: he forgot to put down the Clear Wax first; he just spread Dark Wax directly on the paint which darkened the piece far too much. Frustrated, he brought it to me and asked what was wrong. Luckily, I knew a simple solution to this problem. I simply erased the Dark Wax using Clear Wax. The technique is to dip a cloth into some Clear Wax that you’ve put on a palette and go to town. Over and over again until your cloth is brown with Dark Wax. I love Emperor’s Silk and it looks terrifically opulent with Dark Wax, but I always start with Clear Wax. Red Pet Bed 2 Next, I chose the wrong fabric for the upholstery. The red and white flannel matched the Emperor’s Silk but lacked the stiffness to make the fabric manageable. It took lots of time and patience to get the seams right and everything glued into place. But it looked like snug little home once I finished. Kind of like a logger’s warm flannel shirt. Red Pet Bed 1 Let’s just skip to the end. David nailed in the faux tacks to glitz it up and we added a new, cushy pet bed. Unfortunately we forgot to take an updated photo of the tacks outlining the flannel on the doors. The Dark Wax really emphasized the exterior carvings, and we used Rub N’ Buff on the hardware. Luxurious Red Pet Bed SOLD We carted the Luxurious Pet Bed to our shop at Avonlea Antique Mall and, within 48 hours, it went home to a lucky kitty or pup — just not this curious kitty. Her name is Starbuck and unlike this table she will be staying with us.

Ann Marie and David

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12 Comments on Vintage End Table Converted to Luxurious Pet Bed

  1. the cape on the corner
    November 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm (7 years ago)

    luxurious is right, i love the plaid walls! such a cute kitty, i have two who would love that spot.

    • irisabbey
      November 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment. I did see one of your kitties when I went to your blog!

  2. Hetty
    November 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Hello Ann Marie and David: love the transformation and I want to do the same with my thrift store find. Thanks for letting us know that the flannel is hard to work with, I will choose a stiffer fabric. Please check my website!

    • irisabbey
      November 14, 2014 at 2:53 am (7 years ago)

      Hetty, Thanks so much for your comment. I have just visited your website and signed up to receive it via email, although I don’t knit and haven’t crocheted since college. We’ll see what inspiration we can provide one another.

    • irisabbey
      November 14, 2014 at 2:56 am (7 years ago)

      Why, D.D., I just commented on your lovely painted chest on chest. Do not assume this is only for cats. Small dogs would love this bed, too. I appreciate your comment. Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • irisabbey
      December 10, 2014 at 1:04 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. I always appreciate comments. Do you go by Darrielle or D.D.?

  3. Lawrence
    September 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Remarkable! Its in fact remarrkable piece off writing, I have got much clear idea regarding fro this post.

  4. Shirley Laughbaum
    January 17, 2017 at 8:22 pm (5 years ago)

    What would something like this cost to purchase? Very nice job.

    December 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Best Wishes!! Appreciate thus much information that is truly appealing and instructional, this website!! Actually glad I found it!!


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