Monday, April 8

MONDAY MAKE-OVERS: Combination Pet Bed and End Table

Reinvent a 1970's thrift store find, turning it into a dual-purpose end table and pet bed.

Octagon tables were all the rage 40 years ago; today you can find them at garage sales and flea markets for next to nothing. This end table has been updated  by removing the door and giving the whole piece a fresh coat of paint. Make it pet friendly by lining the inside with fabric and a fluffy cushion.

Materials and Tools
  • Solid-wood table 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Wood filler 
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Staple gun and extra staples
  • Indoor/Outdoor fabric or upholstery vinyl
  • Batting and a pillow or cushion
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Nail heads
  • Rubber mallet 
  • Tape measure 
  • Drop cloth
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • Primer and lacquer

Unscrew Hinges

  • Use screwdriver or drill to remove the hinges from doors and/or drawers.

Remove Door

  • Completely remove doors and/or drawers from table, then set them aside.

Remove Fasteners
  • Use screwdriver or drill to remove fasteners or magnetized door and/or drawer stops.

Fill and Sand Holes
  • Once hinges, fasteners and door/drawer stops have been removed. 
  • Use a putty knife to fill the screw holes with wood filler. 
  • Once the wood filler has dried, use sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out surface of wood. 
  • Wipe away dust with damp cloth.

Sand Surface
  • Remove the existing surface finish with sand paper or sanding block. 
  • Wipe away dust using damp cloth.

Load and Spray Primer
  • Cover floor surface of your work space with drop cloth. Shake and stir can of primer, then slowly pour it into the HVLP paint container. 
  • Coat all surfaces of the table with an even, controlled sprayed coat of primer.
  • If interior will be upholstered, it’s only necessary to spray the exterior; batting and fabric will cover the interior surface.

Spray Finish Coat

  • Once primer is dry to the touch and HVLP paint container has been rinsed and thoroughly washed out, load, then spray two coats of finish color. 
  • Allow approximately 2 to 3 hours for first coat of paint to dry before applying second coat.

Measure and Cut Batting and Fabric

  • Use tape measure to determine proper the length and width for each portion of the table's interior. 
  • Refer to the measurements, cut the batting and fabric to size.

Attach Batting and Fabric

  • After the finish coat is completely dry, add an even coat of spray adhesive to the table's interior. 
  • Fit batting snugly to each area. 
  • Use staple gun to secure the edges of the batting directly to the interior of the table. 
  • Next, place each piece of fabric into its proper position, then secure with staple gun.

Add Nail-Head Trim

  • Add graphic punch and cover up staples by attaching nail heads with rubber mallet.

Attach Pillow or Cushion
  • Place pillow or cushion along the bottom of the table.

Many thanks to Brian Patrick Flynn of the DIY Network for his ingenious re-do. Turning a tacky 70's end table into a 21st century pet bed is truly inspired. If you haven't made it over to the DIY Network, GO! They can walk you through any project with ease and precision. Check them out HERE....'ll be glad ya did!



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