Carolyn's Tail-Waggin' DIY Pet Bed

By Carla Jordan

Carla Jordan


Ever since Bertie joined my family, I haven't gotten a good night's sleep.  Why? Because this cute corgi pup uses his big brown eyes to get everything he wants, including sleeping on the bed on top of my feet, around my head and over my waist.  Since, according to the American Pet Product Association, 68% of U.S households have a pet (56% have gone to the dogs while 45% are cat crazy), chances are you've been there, too, and have the circles beneath your eyes to prove it.


Take heart, oh sleepless souls! Carolyn Hawthorne (owner of Bloomfield Treasures Antiques & Primitives-New Brunswick, Canada; and an Olde Century Colors dealer) has come to our rescue with a DIY pet bed so charming that your dog or cat will be purr-fectly content to sleep there instead of all over us.


  Carolyn Hawthorne,


This project gives an old chair new life and shows how easy it is to repurpose a flea market find into a stylish design element with some creativity and a splash of paint.  "I love working with Olde Century Colors paint on projects like this because of its historic palette which is very true to the colors used back in the day, "says Carolyn.  "The coverage is also amazing--only a tiny amount from a quart of paint was needed for this pet bed. And the paint also dries fast into a durable soft sheen finish."


Eager to regain a good night's sleep?  Here's how to create a dog-gone good, purr-fectly fine pet bed for the four-legged king or queen who rules your roost. 



•Old wood chair with upholstered seat

•Olde Century Colors #2008 Olde Forge Mustard acrylic paint 

•Two 3-inch  x 1-foot pieces of wood and two 3-inch x 2-foot pieces of wood (Carolyn used reclaimed wood from bed slats)

•2-foot x 1-foot piece of plywood

•Fabric (Carolyn used an old quilt remnant)

•Foam or padding


•Nail gun and/or screws

•Carpenters glue

•Circular saw




•Remove upholstered seat by flipping chair over and taking out seat screws.

•Use saw to cut chair seat frame away from the back of the chair.

•Cut legs off of the chair back about two inches below from where seat is attached, then remove the front legs from the seat.


Carolyn Hawthorne,


•Use 1-inch and 2-inch pieces of wood to construct a rectangular "bed frame" (Carolyn's frame was 2-feet x 1-foot). Tip--Measure the width of your chair back to determine how wide to make the frame. Cut plywood to size to form the bed bottom, then nail or glue it onto the frame.

•Attach the back of the chair to the bed frame. Leave about 2 inches at the bottom so the bed will sit slightly above the floor.

•Attach the front legs (turned upside down) to the bed frame.

•Apply Olde Century Colors #2008 Olde Forge Mustard acrylic paint to the entire piece.

 •While paint dries, use fabric and foam/padding to make a cushion that fits in the bed frame.

•When paint is dry to the touch - about an hour - use a piece of sandpaper to lightly sand the edges of the back and front to give it a worn, aged appearance.


Carolyn Hawthorne,


•Place cushion in the frame.