1. Measure how high you would like to keep the legs of the table. The 4 legs will be converted in bed posts. I decided on 12 inch for the back two where the headboard would sit and 6 inch for the front two.
2. Next, flip the table upside down and trim the legs down accordingly with a saw. (Or you can unscrew the legs from the table top and trim them down, whichever way is easiest for you.) You will notice the legs are hollow. Later you will fill that in.
3. After that measure the width between each leg and cut two pieces of MDF board to size. You will also need to cut square pieces to fill the hollow legs.
4. This is the creative part …
You may choose how you would like your headboard and footboard to look.
Once decided upon the design, trace the shape out on the MDF and cut the pieces to size. Notice for the footboard I opted to create an opening for easy entry for my dog.
5. Next, sand the edges of all pieces before mounting.
6. For the headboard and footboard, mount the pieces with wood glue first. Then use pocket hole screws to secure.
7. Now, with wood glue fill in the hollow legs with the pre-cut wood pieces from Step 3.
9. Almost done. Bring out the paint and spray away.
10. Lastly, you will need to shop for a dog bed cushion. (Or make one if you can sew.) I opted for a Pillow type cushion that fit snugly into the space. You can also make one or use a large comforter or your dog’s favorite blanket. The options are endless!
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