(My) Dog Crate of DREAMS!

I'm obsessed with my dog... but the hardware that came with him when we adopted Snow two years ago? Not so much. When he was 9 weeks old, it was estimated that he would eventually weigh in at 50 pounds - pretty large, right?! So we got him one of those giant dog crates. Well, now that he's 85+ pounds, that large crate was a good buy - BUT IT WAS JUST SO UGLY!


But back to the ugly crate. From day 1 I couldn't stand the big metal, space user-upper, but it's usefulness was undeniable. (I know that a ton of people out there are against crates - to each his own! I understand the merits of both using one and foregoing. With Snow being our first dog ever, we turned to our friends and family for advice - all of which use crates and seem to be happy with them. So that's what we did! Both Snow and us have always enjoyed his little "room.")

Anyhoo, in my mind, the giant crate needed to go. It doesn't fit anywhere and (more importantly haha!), it drove my eye nuts.

So here is what we started with: the hideous, giant wired crate and a lower linen closet that was, as you can see, not being used very effectively hahaha. One great thing about this new house is that we have storage for days - in fact we have several cabinets that are empty because we don't have enough stuff to fill them! Win! Those upper cabinets right there? They were completely empty at this point.

First Chad took off the doors of the cabinet and knocked out the shelf. There's our big boy, Snow! He's the best.

Next he brought them outside to his new awesome work area and, using his table saw, cut out two amazing rectangles.

The part that follows is what I'm most proud of (who knows why): he cut out pieces of the existing crate to use within those rectangles - SO DANG COOL, RIGHT?! I don't know why I think this was so awesome. To secure the grids to the doors, he screwed them in with .5" screws with those supports, staples, and then to smooth over any protruding areas (aka make it so Snow couldn't claw the staples out), he put a dab of silicone over it all, creating a smooth area where the wire ends.

I mean, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It's soooooooooo clean looking!!! Those latches that Chad got from the Depot? YAS. It's SUCH A GIANT UPGRADE from the loud, annoying metal crate and guess what?


I swear he's never slept so soundly than he has in the last two nights. We're waiting on delivery of two medium sized dog beds to put in there for maximum comfort, but in the meantime we just folded up a big blanket. He loves it all!

I am obsessed with it. It makes me love the upstairs so much more - isn't it funny how that happens? You do one project and all of a sudden that particular portion of your house feels 1,000x's homier. It's the absolute best!!!

While Chad was doing this, I was starting to paint our room white - it's happening! WHITE WALLS AND A DARK CEILING.



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