Decoupaged French Country Doghouse

 

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We have four dogs. The tiniest is a little Chihuahua named Coco. She wandered in one day from the road after being abandoned, most likely.She was half starving and had recently had a litter,the poor little thing, and it was a little while before she regained her health.

One day, I was driving home, and I found a little abandoned doghouse on the side of the road. So  I put it in the van and brought it home for a future project. That was about six months ago.

Enter a little Mod Podge, paint, upholstery webbing, and wall paper samples, and Voila! A pretty house for my petite chien. doggiehouse2

Here’s how I took an old abandoned dog house from drab to fab!

Materials:

An old wood dog house

Mod Podge

French country toile wallpaper samples

yellow and red paint for painting wood boards

creme paint for base coat

Furniture stain in PROVENCAL

2 yards upholstery webbingdoghousebefore

First, I painted the dog house with a creamy color. I had some old leftover paint lying around.paintingbasecoat

Then I got out some old wallpaper samples and upholstery webbing I had been saving for some future project. I love when I finally use up craft materials that are lying around. I ordered these wallpaper samples when we bought another home eight years ago. Yes, my name is Justine, and I’m a craft supply hoarder.modPodging

I painted the boards shades of red and yellow, Provencal colors. And cut strips of the French themed wallpaper and Mod Podged them down to some of the boards. I also used the Mod Podge to cover some of the boards with the upholstery webbing.Applyingwallpaper&paint

Once it was all dry. I took some sandpaper to the project to do a little distressing.aftersanding

Now, I like my sanded pieces to look old, not just sanded, so I used my Provencal color stain to rub into the sanded bits of wood. This gives a nice patina to the wood.stainafterstain

See how it gives a bit of patina? I go easy on the stain and wipe it on with a paper towel. If it looks like I’ve added too much, I sand it down a little to get some off. Once I was done adding patina,  I painted on a  thick coat of Mod Podge to seal all the little flecks of paper that had come loose from sanding. I might also add a coat of polyurethane to give even more outdoor protection.FrenchCountryDoghouseCoco loves her new maison!pepperSorry Pepper, C’est trop petite for you!

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. cindy coven says

    What a great use of paper or fabric! Coco looks very happy in her stylish house. Pepper looks so sad though. I think you need to make another one for Pepper. “REAL” dogs do toile!