Presented by Ace
Spring is a fabulous time to spruce up your home -- and your pet’s! With a little creative thinking and some help from the Amy Howard at Home paint line available at Ace, you can transform a drawer into a mobile bed on wheels, fit for a four-legged king or queen. Keep in mind to choose a drawer that not only fits your furry friend’s size, but your room’s design scheme. Just follow these step-by-step instructions, and Rover will have a stylish new home in no time.
Step 1. Remove drawer’s hardware and clean both the drawer and the hardware thoroughly with a lint-free rag and a gentle degreaser.
Step 2. Custom mix Amy Howard at Home One Step Color to match the upholstery of the pillow you’ll be using in the bed. Apply two coats on all the surfaces, using a nylon or synthetic brush -- always using long, clean brush strokes and being sure to overlap the edges -- letting it dry between each coat.
Step 3. Custom mix a second color using two parts Good Man is Hard to Find and one part Hugo Grey; tape off the front panel section, and apply two coats of the second color within the taped section. Remove the tape when paint has dried. (img_3814, 3816, 3872)
Step 4. Using stencil or freehand, apply your pet’s name using an artist brush and One Step Linen. Try this technique: rub the backside of the paper with your pet’s name with chalk and transfer the image to the surface by tracing the name to paint over.
Step 5. Cut four wood blocks for casters; paint the blocks using the first One Step color. Use Gorilla Glue to stick them under the base of the drawer.
Step 6. Clean casters with the degreaser. Using an artist brush, apply Amy Howard at Home Gilding Size -- a special adhesive that gold and silver leaf adhere to -- on both hardware and casters. Allow the layer to come to tack.
Step 7. Now, apply gold leaf to hardware and casters. Screw in hardware back into the drawer, and the casters to the wood blocks.
Step 8. Coat the whole drawer with a soft wax that hardens to a durable, satin patina. Let dry, then buff.
Step 9. On the short side of the drawer, screw in an anchor for a rope.
Step 10. Take a rope and cut to desired length, allowing for hook and handle loops.
Step 11. Feed about 3 inches of one end of the rope through the hook ring, and fold short end down.
Step 12. Wrap twine tightly around the rope to secure it, hot gluing both ends of the twine and tucking it in to hide. Form a handle on the other end of the rope by looping the rope back on itself, and repeat twine-wrapping step to secure. Hot glue and tuck ends in to hide.
Voila! A snazzy new napping nook for your cherished pet.
Want more fabulous DIY home ideas with One Step Paint? Visit AmyHowardHome.com for inspiration!