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.
Here’s how I took an old abandoned dog house from drab to fab!
An old wood dog house
French country toile wallpaper samples
yellow and red paint for painting wood boards
creme paint for base coat
Furniture stain in PROVENCAL
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.
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.
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.Coco loves her new maison!Sorry Pepper, C’est trop petite for you!