As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was excited that the May Challenge revealed using Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year…emerald! I knew it’d be the perfect fun color for the new dog bed I planned to make for Rosie. Pantone’s Emerald is one of those colors that would look amazing paired with navy, yellow, tangerine, coral, raspberry, fuchsia or pink. I decided to go girly for our new female furry family member.
She loves to lounge around outside, especially since we utilize our patio a lot during nice weather. Sunbathing is one of her favorite past times although there are occasions when she seeks shade and Italian Greyhounds are prone to sunburn because of the short fur. The hot pink parasol provides a bit of shade and a ton of cute-ness paired with Emerald and coordinating fabrics.
Materials I used:
- old dresser drawer
- paint (Valspar Signature Paint, semi-gloss, Pantone Emerald and Berry Brown)
- furniture feet x 4 (also table leg plates/hardware if needed)
- coordinating pillow or DIY cushion
- matching parasol/umbrella
- hardware to attach the parasol to the drawer (hose clamp or pipe strap)
What I did:
1. An old free/found dresser supplied the drawer. I gave it a good scrubbing. You may also want to sand your dresser drawer face board if needed or remove drawer handles for painting and replace when finished.
2. I simply drilled pilot holes in the wider dresser front and back bottom boards then screwed in the feet.
CocoRosie is only 10 lbs. and this worked for us. There is also hardware (table leg plates) for furniture legs sold in the same aisle at Lowe’s for a sturdier option (located near the decorative wood moulding).
3. The inside got a coat of Valspar’s Berry Brown.
4. Once dry, I taped off the inside using FrogTape, making sure the edges were sealed to activate the PaintBlock technology.
5. Next up, painting the outside two coats of the beautiful Pantone’s 2013 Emerald exclusively at Lowe’s.
I love the consistency of Valspar’s Signature line.
I removed the FrogTape immediately after the second coat…
then let it dry overnight while I worked on a DIY box cushion…
6. Secure the parasol handle to the inside of the drawer using a hose clamp or pipe strap (however the box cushion I made has a snug fit and holds the parasol handle in place). I found that having the parasol positioned in the front of the drawer helps to be able to push it almost-flush against walls on the back side.
7. Pop in a pillow or cushion.
Seven or less steps. Easy as pie. A yummy (Pantone) Emerald and Raspberry indoor/outdoor dog bed.
Before…Don’t feel too bad, she does have access to patio furniture too. You’ve seen her on that patio daybed!
Up for providing shade…
Down for getting sun/overcast days…
No parasol for indoors…
I’m even thinking of personalizing it for her…
Result is a pampered pooch. Maybe now I’ll have the patio daybed to myself! How do you spoil your pets?
*I do not leave the dog bed outside in the rain.
Notice the chandelier flower planter hanging in the tree? See the DIY Chandelier Planter Tutorial for more details.
*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for using Pantone’s Emerald in Valspar’s Signature paint challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. Your dog’s behavior may vary. DIY results may vary.