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DIY Coastal Cat Bed

August 9, 2017
DIY Coastal Cat Bed from a wine crate

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

      My house wouldn’t be the same without my little fur babies, Luna and Cherry! They’re always nearby- whether I’m working on the computer or sleeping at night. They truly are members of the family, and I’m grateful to give them a forever home. I teamed up with 9Lives to show you how to pamper your cats with this DIY Coastal Cat Bed and with 9Lives Protein Plus dry cat food. 

    With 9Lives Protein Plus you don’t have to compromise between taste and nutrition. 9Lives Protein Plus is made with wholesome ingredients your cats will love! It also has 33 grams of high quality protein (per 100g of food) to help support lean muscles and provide energy and antioxidants for healthy immune support. My cats are pretty picky eaters and they gobbled up 9Lives Protein Plus right away! 

    I love making things for my cats. They were in need of a cat bed, but I couldn’t find one I liked (that wasn’t crazy expensive) in stores. DIY to the rescue! My goal was to create a cat bed that they would actually use and one that didn’t look out of place with my coastal decor. 

    I love Walmart’s huge selection and reasonable prices. Anywhere I can buy groceries, cat food and craft supplies gets a big thumbs up from me! I bought the unfinished wood crate I used for this DIY from Walmart. 

Supplies needed:
Wood crate
2×3 wood board (2 feet long is enough)
2 inch screws
White paint and paintbrush
Starfish
Glue gun

DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Using a hammer, pull off the top 2 slats.  
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Cut the 2×3 boards into 4 inch sections. Many home improvement store locations will cut the wood for you. 
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Drill each leg in at the sides.
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Here’s what the pet bed looks like with the legs on.
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
 To match my coastal home decor, I decided to whitewash the crate. This is a simple technique that allows the wood to show through. Mix your paint with a little water- close to 75% paint, 25% water and brush on. The paint should have a thin consistency, but it shouldn’t be runny. 
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Using a glue gun, apply glue to the back of the starfish and press on. Fold up your cat’s favorite blanket and put it inside. Now it’s kitty ready!
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
This DIY Coastal Cat Bed was a big hit with Luna and Cherry! They came over to check it out as soon as I put it down. They’re been taking turns napping in there…although at some point I expect to see them both squeezed in the bed together!  This bed will be especially great when the temperatures drop.
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
Luna and Cherry (the fluffy one) have totally different personalities. Cherry is sweet and shy and Luna is playful and feisty, much like Morris the cat! 
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
DIY Coastal Cat Bed
As a thank you to my girls for being such good kitty models, I gave them a big bowl of 9Lives Protein Plus. They can’t get enough of the chicken and tuna flavor! “My cats love 9Lives just as much as Morris the Cat does!”
Next time you’re at Walmart, treat your fur baby to a bag of 9Lives Protein Plus. Bonus- you can save with this Ibotta offer:
Earn $1.00 when purchasing 9Lives Protein Plus from Walmart
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