Before & After: Lena's DIY Doggie Throne

Before & After: Lena's DIY Doggie Throne

Susie Nadler
Jul 23, 2009

Finding a dog bed that's both good-looking and affordable is harder than it should be. A lot of dog beds made with good quality, attractive fabrics run $100 and up, which seems absurd for something that's going to get covered with fur and other likely dog-associated messes. That's why local artist Lena Reynoso's DIY dog bed is so inspiring; she transformed a $35 Craigslist find into an adorable throne for her beloved pooch, Sidonia...

...and after!

Doesn't the Gothic vibe of the revamped bench suit Sidonia so very well? Lena painted the bench black (duh), re-covered the cushion with inexpensive black velvet (a good choice with a black dog), and painted the little portrait herself. The supplies cost her about $16, so for a total of around $50, we'd say this is a great alternative to an overpriced pooch pad!

Incidentally, Lena's artwork, as you might imagine, is gorgeous and strange (in a wonderful way), and her website, with its many nooks and crannies, is a lot of fun to explore. You can also browse her Etsy shop, which is full of fun things, including more portraits (of slightly more famous figures than little Sidonia).

Seeing as the "pampered pet" industry can be so frustrating, we'd love to hear about other DIY pet projects. Anyone have a good one to share?

(Images: Lena Reynoso)

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