Welp. It happened...
I just finished boo-tifying our home for Halloween. We'll share peeks of how we do Halloween in future posts, but as usual, my preparations for the holiday also got me excited for the season and months ahead.
Ironically, fall is one of the most renewing times of the year for me. It's usually a hectic period, but it's also when I feel most compelled to refresh myself and my surroundings. Our home is always a large point of review, so it's no surprise that Pierogi and Gilly's things were also included. And last week, I gave their dog crates mini makeovers with just a few simple updates. Here's what I did...
First, this was the crate situation pre-makeover. You may not think much of the setup, or perhaps you're tempted to dismiss the concept of a "dog crate refresh" entirely, but I've always favored functionally aesthetic designs. And in our case, our dog crates definitely make an impression in the room that they're situated. So, why not make them as cute as possible? ;)
Yo, what's up, MTV. Welcome to my crib...
Okay, so when you walk in, you walk onto the most luxurious blanket that money can buy. It's from Target. There's Llama hanging out in the back. We always have our homies over. Okay, I'll stop referencing Cribs. #dogmomjokes
Anyways, the first update I made was to switch out the towels for a comfortable blanket. Almost a year ago, we mentioned that we prefer throwing in blankets and towels versus crate pads for a variety of reasons. I shopped our home for the crate makeovers and chose a pretty navy colored blanket.
Next up, I tried to imagine other functions for our dog crates. There are some genius multipurpose ideas, on Pinterest especially, but I chose a simple modification. I simply popped off the top crate handle and placed a large acrylic tray on top. This created the perfect base for a little coffee-table-type styling.
The tray could also be a cute way to corral and display pretty dog supplies. Although, don't forget to consider what your dog is prone to chew on :)
Finally, the last update I made (and my favorite) were these little dog crate name plates. I wanted to continue the acrylic look which feels modern and minimal, but I also didn't need much material and didn't want to splurge. So, I put on my DIY pants and found another solution...
Instead of using an acrylic sheet, I cut up a random flexible, yet sturdy plastic box to notecard sizes (about 3" x 5). I added Pierogi and Gilly's names, and then punched holes through the plastic and secured the name plates to their crates using zip ties.
I also gave the dog crates a much needed sudsy rinse, but that was it! And there's Gilly walking past his new crib!
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...