Project 05: Do it yourself
Skill Level: 5 : Project Time : 9.50 – 10.50 hrs
Krylon® ColorMasterTM Primer White #51315
Krylon ColorMaster Paint
Satin Leather Brown #53566
Satin Italian Olive #53522
Gloss Ivory #51504
Metallic Gold #51510
Gloss Burgundy #52118
Krylon ColorMaster Crystal
Clear Acrylic Gloss #51301M
Base platform sides
(2) 2 x 4 @ 22-7/8″
Base platform front and back
(2) 2 x 4 @ 20-3/4″
Base platform legs
(4) 2 x 4 @ 6″
(2) 25-7/8″ x 20-3/4″ x 5/8″ (bottom pieces)
(2) 21-7/8″ x 31-7/8″ x 5/8″ (roof pieces)
(2) 25-7/8″ x 16″ x 5/8″ (side pieces)
(2) 22″ x 27″ x 5/8″ (front and back pieces, angle-cut starting at 16″ and hole for door cut out of one piece)
(8) 2 x 2 @ 12-1/2″ (side frame pieces)
(1) 2 x 2 @ 22″ (roof frame pieces)
Nails – 16d for base, 8d for house and short roofing nails for shingles
(1) 1 x 4 @ 12″ (for name plate)
Measuring tape, hammer, square, wood shingles, drop cloth, tack cloth, name tag stencil
Circular saw, table saw, sander
Give your best friend the best house you can build with this do-it-yourself dog house.
- With tops aligned, nail the 6″ long platform legs flush against the inside edges of the 22-7/8″ long side pieces of the platform. Nail the 20-3/4″ front, back and side pieces in place to form the rectangular base of the dog house.
- Align the first floor panel with the frame. It should align without overhanging edges. This will ensure that the frame is square and that it was properly assembled. If the floor and frame don’t match up, double-check to make sure you have correctly assembled the frame. Nail both floor panels in place – one on top of the other.
- Nail two pieces of the 12-½” 2 x 2 flush against the short edges of each 25-7/8″ x 16″ plywood side pieces. Each frame piece should be positioned starting at the top of each side piece corner, leaving a 3-1/2″ space at the bottom to allow the side piece to overhang the platform.
- Also attach two, 12-½” 2 x 2 frame pieces to the inside roof line of the front and back panels. The frame pieces should meet at the top, and extend along the roofline to approximately 2-1/2″ from the sides. Put one of the sides in place (the edges of the side should align with the front and back of the platform) and nail it to the platform at the bottom. Repeat this step for the other side.
- Attach the back of the dog house. Align it with the sides, and nail it in place, first against the platform, then into the 2 x 2 frame members in the corners. Do the same for the front. Check carefully inside the dog house to make sure there are no exposed nail points.
- You now have a dog house without a roof. Using fine sandpaper or a power sander, sand all paintable surfaces of the dog house until smooth. Remove dust using tack cloth. Following instructions, apply a light coat of Krylon® ColorMasterTM Primer White to the wood. Give all wood pieces a second light sanding with fine sandpaper, if needed. Remove dust using tack cloth. Let dry 10 minutes.
- Paint all outside walls of the dog house with Krylon ColorMaster Satin Italian Olive. Spray surfaces evenly, using multiple light coats until you achieve the appearance you desire. Waiting 30 to 60 seconds between coats will help achieve a smoother finish. Let dry to handle, at least 1 hour.
- Paint accents, such as around the door and corner accents (see tip for masking advice) with Krylon ColorMaster Gloss Ivory. Spray surfaces evenly, using multiple light coats until you achieve the appearance you desire. Waiting 30 to 60 seconds between coats will help achieve a smoother finish. Let dry to handle, at least 1 hour.Tip: Quickly mask off a larger area, simply use painter’s tape to secure paper or plastic sheets over the surface you wish to mask. This gives you a wider area to protect from overspray and reduces the use of tape.
- To build the roof, nail the 22″ long piece of 2 x 2 flush against the top inside edge of one of the roof panels (along the 31-7/8″ axis). The piece should be centered, 5″ in from the edges of the panel. When both roof panels are installed, this piece will run across and support the ridge cap.
- Place the first roof panel in position and nail it to the frame attached to the top of the front and back of the dog house. Be careful not to miss with the nails. You don’t want to leave exposed nail points inside the dog house. Nail the remaining roof panel in place.
- Set up a spray area by covering work area with a drop cloth. Make sure it is a well-ventilated area.
- Using fine sandpaper or a power sander, sand the shingles until smooth. Remove dust using tack cloth. Following instructions, apply a light coat of Krylon ColorMaster Primer White to all shingles to further improve adhesion and provide added durability. Give all shingles a second light sanding with fine sandpaper, if needed. Remove dust using tack cloth.
- Paint the shingles with Krylon ColorMaster Satin Leather Brown. Spray surfaces evenly, using multiple light coats until you achieve the appearance you desire. Waiting 30 to 60 seconds between coats will help achieve a smoother finish. Let dry to handle, at least 1 hour.
- Run the first row of shingles (split tabs up) along the bottom of the roof edges. Use short roofing nails to secure. Nail the rest of the shingles directly on top of this row in the pattern you desire. If you have visible nail heads, give a quick spray of Satin Leather Brown to cover them up.
- For a personalized touch, you can add a nameplate to the dog house. Lightly sand surface of the 1 x 4 x 12″ with fine grain sandpaper and wipe clean with a tack cloth. Prime with Krylon ColorMaster Primer White and let dry 10 minutes. Paint the nameplate with Krylon ColorMaster Gloss Burgundy. Spray surfaces evenly using multiple light coats until you achieve the appearance you desire. Let dry to handle, at least 1 hour. Select a stencil. We created our own out of vellum, but you can buy a premade one from any home or craft store. Position stencil on nameplate and mask off around the stencil with painter’s tape to prevent overspray. Coat with Krylon ColorMaster Metallic Gold. Spray surfaces evenly, using multiple light coats until you achieve the appearance you desire. Wait a couple of minutes and apply a coat of Krylon ColorMaster Crystal Clear Acrylic Gloss to protect and give stencil a shine. Let dry 10 minutes before removing stencil. Wait until nameplate is dry to handle, at least 1 hour and then attach to front of dog house.
- Introduce Sparky to his new dog house.