Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here Kitty Kitty. Cat Bed Junk Project.


Meet Oliver! Oliver is a beloved member of my sister's family. Today he is a happy cat! With the help of Gail, my brother-in-law, and my sister, Karla, Oliver has a new bed.


I acquired this old table almost a year ago. I immediately had the idea of turning it into a dog bed and just never got around to it. I suspect you have a few ugly ducklings lurking in your garage waiting to become swans.


Well it didn't exactly become a dog bed...


The headboard is made from scrap trim measured and cut to fit between two legs.




I purchased four 4 1/2" finials at Lowes. Vintage knobs would work, as well. Gail cut aprox. 1" off leg bottoms to accommodate base of finials.


The 2"H feet are made from scrap pine and secured with wood glue and screws. Simple blocks of wood are a sufficient alternative.




Thanks to Gail aka Hardly Able Workshop the construction went smoothly. (Overall finished dimensions are 20"W x 29 1/2"L x 26 1/2"H.) FYI Apron is 3 1/2"H...perfect for holding our cushion.


After selecting my vintage fabric for the cushion, I chose Valspar Dune grass interior latex satin to match. I lightly sanded, primed, and painted.


To add a little pizazz I used a paint marker I purchased at Michael's to fill in existing router lines.


My sister made a cushion with leftover foam. Don't sew? Use a bed pillow. I know what you are thinking. It looks awful girly to be a boy cat's bed...


Oliver doesn't seem to mind.

I am packing this weekend and hitting the road for Minnesota via Canton Texas. Check out Margo's blog for our scheduled Canton meet-up. This week's winner of the Good Junk Seal of Approval is Jennifer Price. She is a brilliant junk artisan with amazing junk style. Don't forget Junk Revolution on-line store has junking tees for dad!

Since I will be traveling for a few weeks, I won't have a new post for a while. Thanks for all your junk and munch travel recommendations on the Junk Revolution message boards. I will hit as many as I possibly can without driving my husband crazy!
Peace,
Ki

56 comments:

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

This is so cute!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Lynn

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I love this project!! So cute!
Stacey

CWirth said...

Gorgeous cat bed. Love it!

Carrie

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Oliver has to be one happy kitty. Great bed! I love the color. And the cushion looks so comfy! ~Mindy

TheEccentricLady said...

This is SO CUTE! I would never have thought of that. I may have to check this out for my coonhound Cooper. Have fun junkin!

Living With Lindsay said...

I love this! It would be so perfect for my dogs!

paintergal said...

Oh my gosh- what a fabulous idea! Love, love it.
What were the dimensions of the table before you started?

It' an Evolution said...

you just kill me...amazingly sweet

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

OMG!!! This is such a wonderful recycle, reuse & repurpose project I've seen in a long time. I am definitely glad to have you on my Blog List. I am going to click on your "follow" button for quick updates to your site. This was a great makeover!!! Stop by & say "hi" soon. If you like what you see, be sure to click the "Follow" button on the right. Be sure to take a look around the boutique by just clicking on the Gold Frame of Porcelain roses on the upper right hand column. Enjoy your time there & stop by as often as you like!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Ugh! I don't see a "Follow" button on your site. I will make sure I check in often manually.

Dawn said...

Ki, that is a purrrrfect bed for any feline!!!!(or pooch)! Dawn

Margo said...

That is to die for, Kitty looks like he loves it. Great color too.
You amaze me. Can't wait for you to get here.
margo

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love Love Love this idea!! My Mikey wouldn't know how to behave with such a pretty bed!

blessings
mary

chiccottagejunk said...

That is SO adorable and clever. I never would have thought to turn the table upside down.

Have a great time traveling and be safe!

Sue

PDX pride said...

This is a great project! I linked to it on my blog (the Frugal Feline) through another page that has your link on it. Thanks for thinking this up! :)

Mary said...

I love this idea! I have seen beds made out of chairs but this looks even easier. Thanks for sharing this great idea to reuse an old table.

juanita said...

I will be in Canton on Saturday and will be looking for you with my books in tow. It will be such a pleasure to meet you.

Christina said...

This is seriously great. What a vision. Love the green and pink too.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

This is an awesome makeover! Fantastic job too! ☺ Diane

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

This is so darn cute that I can't even stand it. Is it wrong to get a cat just so I can have an adorable cat bed like that? :)

Amy

Prairie Girl Studio said...

absolutely ... positively ... BRILLIANT!

i really really like this ... best not let my cat, who is also named 'oliver' see it, cuz he just wouldn't let me rest til he got one!

you always make me smile ki ~ thanks!

prairiegirl

Artsy Fartsy said...

Adorable!!!

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I love it! You did such a nice job; anyone would be happy to have a cat bed like this in their living room. :)

paisley penguin said...

Absolutely awesome bed. Great way to use an old table where you love a detail!

Cottage Elements said...

Great kitty bed, Ki! I think I'd have all three of my cats fighting over it. I'd have to make a king size one! Ha! Safe travels and have fun in Canton--I'm so jealous!

Lanette

Rosie said...

You, my friend, are a genius.
rosie

Bellamere Cottage said...

Well, isn't that just the most clever idea ever? I love it! That kitty's doing the happy dance now.

Blessings,
Spencer

Anita said...

Super cute idea- espeically since these pet beds can be $150+. Safe travels...

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a riot! Great project!
Karla & Karrie

fourkidsmom said...

Ki, I sent a link to this blog to my daughter who is cat crazy and she absolutely loved this cat bed. So much so that she has already made one of her own. Here is her blog if you want to see hers. http://jbfatcats.blogspot.com/2009/05/kitty-bed-project.html Thanks for the ideas. BTW, I also have gotten a table so I can also make one of the beds for our cat.

Carole said...

How cute is that?

Terra the Reuser said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! This puts my suitcase dog beg (http://rubyurl.com/Cbpx) to shame! I love it! I don't think it's too feminine for him; It's very regal. I added a link to your blog from mine. Thanks for sharing such a great project!

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

That is absolutely adorable...and stunning! What a lucky kitty! Love the green!
Ashley

Tanya said...

This is really cute and with 2 cats and 2 dogs at my house, it would come in handy!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

very cute...i love the colors you used

Colleen Hickey said...

So cute! And he actually sits in it, which would so not happen in my house. Thanks for the cute pics!

carlita dee said...

Seen a lot of ridiculously adorable things in my day. This is at the top of the list, bed, cat, and all.

Lauri Mennel said...

Brilliant! Love the finials. They really give the bed the regal look all cats require/deserve!

Trish Goodfield said...

A four poster pet bed. Where's the canopy, your cat would love that.

selenakyle said...

saw this on apartment therapy and fell absolutely in love with it. i'm posting a picture on my blog (with proper credits, of course).

cheers.

jeshers said...

I have to say this is just brilliant.

the Lost Earring said...

I am super impressed. Our kitty would love a bed like that! Now if I can just fit another project into my schedule...

Traci said...

http://livingthegoodlife5.blogspot.com/2009/06/after-of-before-project.html

I MADE ONE!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!

Ann and Billy said...

That bed is so cute. I guess it would make a great doll bed also if the cat refused to sleep on it.

sue said...
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www.petloverspalace.com said...

What a clever idea. To turn over a old table and make a pet bed. http://tinyurl.com/4xvkkk

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Acie said...

Ive been trying to figure out the easiest way to make a four post style bed for a cat. this is genius! thanx for sharing!

FleaMarketTrixie said...

OMG! what a cute idea....it turned out great, love it!

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jane´s dreams said...

I adore the gorgeous bed you made for your cat. Happy kitty!

I hope that it´s ok that I make a link to your page?!

Best Regards
Jane from Sweden
http://janesdreams.blogspot.com/

About the girl: said...

This is amazing! I love it. I would also love to do something like this for my dog. He deserves a "special" bed like this. Thank you for the inspiration, I'm now in search of an old coffee table to make one.

Idaira said...

This is so cute!!! great idea! I have a little table and I didn't know how to recycle it...and now I have a great idea! thanks for sharing!
Your cat sleeps like a king!

Lelanie said...

this is super clever. Great idea. I need something like this for my little pooches. It's stylish and affordable. Double like.

Barbara said...

Ki, I just found your blog and love it. I posted your cat bed to my pinterest page with the link back to you. I hope lots of folks click through.

Guinevere said...

Exceptionally super cute! I definitely want to try this out for my spoiled dog :D Thanks for this!