Thursday, September 18, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #6 - Part 1: I Built a Doghouse Out of What?!?! Coco's Key West Inspired Beach House! Extreme Dog House

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I was contacted by Dog Fence DIY  (, to contribute to their Do It Yourself Hackathon.  I was asked if I would make a dog related craft.  I gave it some thought and decided I wanted to stretch my crafting chops and make a doghouse.  I wanted it to be a Key West beach house  inspired doghouse - like someone built a colorful cottage, right on there on beach.  I wanted it to be sturdy, but I wanted it to look like someone just decided to put it there.  And of course it had to be colorful!


I wanted to use as many recycled materials a s I could.  I used a table (found just outside of a dumpster, up in Wisconsin), for the frame.  I used three old palettes, for the siding and building the roof structure.  I did by plywood for the base and for the part of the roof.  I used shims, from Home Depot, for the shingles.  I wanted the shingles to be different sizes because remember this is a beach cottage.  

The main tools I used were:

-  Hammer
-  Pliers
-  Jigsaw
-  Rotary tool
-  Nail gun
-  Staple gun

Since it would be impossible for me to fully write out the directions, here is the video for Part 1.  Part 2 will be posted on Monday, so you can see the details, including the interior decorating and how I made the front yard!

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