Rob had such great success making a Murphy bed last month  that he's now gung-ho to make the next piece of furniture on my request list - a dog crate that doubles as an end table.
Having a crate-trained dog is a wonderful thing. I never have to worry about him getting into something he shouldn't or our feisty cat terrorizing him while we're away. But Milou  came from the Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus , and they trained him in a Doberman-size crate, even though he's 25 pounds at the most.
We wanted to make him feel comfortable when we adopted him, so we borrowed a huge crate from some friends. However, that sucker takes up a good portion of our bedroom. There's no room for it in the living room, either, so we have to listen to the poor dog yelping from the minute we pull in, as we unlock the door and walk to the bedroom to let him out. It would be so much easier to crate him in the living room.
Enter the dog crate end table - I've wanted one for as long as I've known about them, but I've always balked at the price tag . Still, how great would it be to have your dog crate do double-duty? It's a perfect idea for small-house dwellers  like us.
Then I spied DIY dog crate end table instructions from AnaWhite.com  and begged Rob to try making one. He finally agreed, but he wants something more unique. He recently stopped in at the Preservation and Conservation Architectural Salvage Warehouse . He picked up some solid oak and radiator covers for about $10.
He took apart the radiator covers to remove the patterned screens. He plans to incorporate them into the dog crate design (I'm not quite sure how). They are a bit rusty, though, so they definitely call for some Rustoleum spray paint.
My big dilemma so far is, what color should we spray paint them? We own glossy black , bright red, brown, silver and copper. I'm leaning toward black, but not ruling out any other color, either, including white. Anyone have an opinion? Rob wants to build the rest of the crate out of solid wood. It will probably have a dark wood stain, maybe even the same Jacobean we stained our Murphy bed.