Dresser Drawer Doggie Bed

By  Chris Thornton-Deason 

Make your pup a fabulous bed from an old drawer. Not only is this a posh bedding innovation of exclusive design, but it's a great way to recycle an item that would otherwise have ended up in the dump.

  • Dresser Drawer Doggie Bed
  • Tasty Dog Treat - Apple Cinnamon Drops


  • Old dresser drawer
  • Wooden ball knobs, 2-1/4”, four
  • Wood molding of choice to fit drawer
  • Cotton dog print fabric of choice: two styles (if making pillow)
  • Pillow stuffing of choice (if making pillow)


  • Small miter saw and miter box
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel Aqualon: Script Liner, Series R2585, #1; Shader, Series R2150, #4, #12; Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 1”
  • Delta Creative Stencil Mania: Pets (97 088 0710)
  • Circle template or stencil with 1-1/4”, 1-3/4”, and 2” circles
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Cranberry Wine, Espresso, Fawn, Light Mocha, Razzle Berry, Snow (Titanium) White, True Red
  • DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; Staining/Antiquing Medium; DuraClear Varnish, Satin
  • Black permanent fine-tip marker
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

  • sandpaper, painter’s tape, sea sponge

Pattern - Dresser Drawer Doggie Bed

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. It is recommended to find your pillow or fabric first and then match your paints to coordinate design. This design is intended to give you ideas as to what you can do.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand drawer to remove any finish. Use glaze wash brush to apply even coat sealer. Sand lightly. Cut molding to length for front and sides of drawer using miter saw and box. (Note: Artist placed molding in grooved sides of drawer.) Base molding and ball feet True Red. Mix Cranberry Wine + Staining/Antiquing Medium (2:1) and apply to molding; immediately wipe excess with paper towel. Repeat process for ball feet. Let dry. Very lightly drybrush Razzle Berry on raised portions of molding.
  • 2. Apply painter's tape to drawer, exposing bottom third. Use sea sponge to dab into Fawn and then lightly into Lt. Mocha; lightly blend colors on palette then sponge bottom third and entire inside of drawer for complete coverage. Let dry. Repeat if needed.
  • 3. Use small dog bone stencil to stencil onto bottom third of drawer: use wedge sponge and White to pounce over open areas applying two thin coats. Shade Lt. Mocha along bottom of each bone. Remove tape.
  • 4. Base upper two-thirds and top edges of drawer Espresso. Print out pattern.
  • Balls, Paws, and Bones
  • 1. Use circle template or stencil and wedge sponge to sponge random size True Red balls over Espresso area. Use #12 shader to shade Cranberry Wine along bottom and highlight Razzle Berry along top. For stripes, use equal mix of Fawn + Lt. Mocha; use #4 shader for wide stripe and liner for narrow stripes. Use #4 shader to shade Espresso across stripe ends. Use same brush and White to highlight centers.
  • 2. Randomly stencil a few Fawn paw prints; shade Lt. Mocha along bottom of pads.
  • 3. Randomly transfer bone pattern. Use #12 shader to base Lt. Mocha; very lightly shade Espresso along bottom and highlight Snow White across top. Repeat highlight to strengthen.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use black permanent fine-tip marker to outline all design items. Use wood glue to glue molding to front and sides of drawer where colors meet, and glue ball feet to bottom corners. Apply several varnish coats.
  • 2. Buy pillow to fit drawer or make pillow using your favorite pillow pattern. (Note: If you are making pillow, allow approximately three extra inches to width and length of drawer measurements for rise in pillow when stuffed.)
  • Tip
  • 1. Do you have more drawers? Why not use one to make an outdoor planter? Prepare drawer in same manner as bed; paint as desired. Add wood trimming and ball feet. Drill holes for drainage. Line inside of drawer with plastic pond liner or landscaping mesh; use staple gun or epoxy glue to adhere in place. Poke holes through lining over drainage holes. Fill with terra cotta potted plants, herbs, or flowers, or plant directly.