DIY DOG BED FOR CAT GREENLEAF SHOW
- Amy Howard at Home ® Clean Slate™
- Amy Howard at Home ® One Step Paint™ – A Good Man is Hard to Find, Atelier, Linen
- Amy Howard at Home ® Mind Your Own Beeswax™
- Amy Howard at Home ® Gilding Size™
- Amy Howard at Home ® Gold Leaf
- Amy Howard at Home ® China Bristle Brush
- Amy Howard at Home ® Tapered Synthetic Brush
- Masking Tape
- Artist Brush
- Lint-free T-Shirt Rags
- Cardboard Palette
- Rope, approx. 4′
- Jute Twine, approx. 1 yard
- Brass Hook & Metal Anchor Hook
- Wood Glue
- Screwdriver and/or Drill
- Hot Glue Gun
- *Optional: Name Stencil or Printed Name in Desired Font
- *Optional: Chalk and Pencil
- (4) 3″x3″x1″ Wood Blocks
1. Remove Hardware
Remove hardware from drawer and clean inside and out using Amy Howard at Home ® Clean Slate™ and a lint-free t-shirt rag.
2. Paint Drawer
Paint all surfaces of drawer with two coats of Amy Howard at Home ® One Step Paint™ – A Good Man is Hard to Find, allowing to dry 20-30 minutes between coats and 45 minutes after final coat.
3. Tape off Center Section
Tape off center section of front of drawer and burnish edges of masking tape to ensure paint doesn’t bleed underneath.
4. Paint Center Section
Paint center section with two coats of Amy Howard at Home ® One Step Paint™ – Atelier, allowing 20-30 minutes between coats. Allow to dry completely.
5. Remove Tape
Remove masking tape, pulling down and away from the painted area.
6. Paint Name on The Front
Free-hand or stencil dog’s name, centered, in front panel, using artist brush and Amy Howard at Home ® One Step Paint™ – Linen. *Easy Transfer Technique: Rub backside of paper with chalk and transfer to your surface by tracing the image with a pencil for painting guide. Allow to dry completely, at least 45 minutes.
7. Apply Wax
Apply Amy Howard at Home ® Mind Your Own Beeswax™ to outside of dog bed, using a lint-free t-shirt rag. Allow to dry 30 minutes.
8. Buff with Rag
Buff with lint-free t-shirt rag to bring out a soft and subtle sheen.
9. Paint Wood Blocks
Paint wood blocks with Amy Howard at Home ® One Step Paint™ – A Good Man is Hard to Find. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes.
10. Glue Blocks onto Base
Glue blocks onto base of drawer in each corner.
11. Drill Holes for Hook
Drill holes in one end of drawer to add metal anchor hook, and add the hook.
1. Cut Rope
Cut Rope to desired length, allowing for the hook and handle loops.
2. Attach Rope to Hook
For hook end: Feed about 3″ of one end of the rope through the hook ring, and fold short end down. Wrap jute twine tightly around rope to secure, hot gluing both ends of the twine and tucking in to hide.
3. Create Handle
For handle end: Form a handle on the other end of the rope by looping it back on itself, and repeat jute twine-wrapping step to secure, hot glue and tuck ends in to hide.
HARDWARE and CASTERS:
1. Clean Hardware
Clean hardware with Clean Slate.
2. Apply Gilding Size
Apply Amy Howard at Home ® Gilding Size™ to hardware and casters and allow to dry and come to tack, about 20-30 minutes.
3. Apply Gold Leaf
Cut Amy Howard at Home ® Gold Leaf to hardware and castors, then using the orange tissue from the Gold Leaf booklet apply gold leaf and burnish down, rubbing firmly.
4. Remove Excess
Use China Bristle Brush to burnish further and to remove excess Gold Leaf.
1. Attach Hardware and Castors
Re-attach hardware, add casters, attach rope, and drop a coordinating cushion into the drawer.