Have you met Ollie? From being born in the back of a junk yard in Hong Kong to flying across the world to live with us in Australia, this pup quickly became a very important member of our family.
Recently I noticed Ollie’s dog bed was looking a little old and shabby, so I decided it was time to find him a new one! Like most things, I thought about building him one from scratch, but then found these amazing pet homes from Pinnacle Hardware and realised they would be such a great blank canvas to style however I wanted!
Materials You’ll Need
- Drop Cloth (I used this one from Bunnings)
- Leather Strips (I cut up an old belt for this)
- Pinnacle Dog Kennel (I have the medium sized one for Ollie)
- 2 x Porta 30 x 11mm 2.7m Moulding White Pine FJ Primed DAR
- Eyelets (I had some extras laying around but these ones from Spotlight would work)
- Paint of your choice ( I used and exterior British Paints one in the colour ‘Garden Centre’)
- Paint Brush
- Stapler & Staples
- Painters Tape
How To Make A Safari Inspired Pet Home
- After putting together the flat packed kennel, the first thing I did was cut pieces of canvas drop close to match the panels of the dog house. I did one long panel to stretch over the sides and top of the kennel, one panel at the back and two panels to create flaps at the front.
- The next thing I did was cut timber moulding to fit the outside edges of the kennel, I mitred the edges to give the whole thing a really finished look. I then painted the moulding with two coats of outdoor paint.
- While the moulding was drying, I used a staple gun to attach the canvas onto the frame of the dog kennel.
- I then used nails to add the moulding along the front and back edges of the dog house, covering the staples as I went.
- To finish, I added round grommets to the ‘tent’ flaps and used some leather to secure the flaps open.
Voila! One safari inspired doghouse! I think this project turned out so cute and Ollie has been loving his new little home.
This project is in collaboration with Pinnacle