Crib turned Dog Crate

Hello!  We had such a beautiful weekend with perfect weather, it was heaven!  Track season has started and it is so fun to watch my kids is good. :)

Today I am going to share my Crib turned Dog Crate.  But first let's back track a bit...

Last summer we got a new puppy, Sunny.

Sunny as a puppy

At three months Sunny was 25 lbs, and just as cute as can be.  She fit nicely into the large wire dog crate that we had for her to sleep in.
Sunny Rhodesian Ridgeback
She is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and these are not small dogs.  As she continued to grow that wire crate was starting to get cramped, but...
Sunny loves to play
It wasn't too bad...and Sunny continued to grow and play.  Everywhere we'd go, everything we'd do, Sunny was always there, and through it all she has become a true member of our family.

I came in one night from tucking the kids in bed to find Sunny curled up in a ball in her crate covered with my boy's special yellow blanket (bottom right photo).  Looks like he was making sure she was tucked in too.  :)  Awww, cute!
Sunny watching the kids leave for school
Yep, we all love Sunny, and she loves us.  This is what she does in the morning when the kids leave for school...
getting kisses and giving kisses
And when they come home there are always kisses to give, and kisses to receive.
Sunny looking at food
Sunny is no longer 25 lbs, at 11 months she is now in the high 80's.  So, several months ago I started looking for XL dog crates.  I wasn't pleased with the prices and to be honest wire crates are pretty ugly.   So I went to plan B...I started looking for cribs.
Take an old Crib and turn it into a beautiful dog crate!  MyLove2Create
This was the result!  A crib turned Dog Crate that any dog would love to call home!  I shared this project on My Repurposed Life last December and Sunny has been loving it!

I hope you hope on over to check out my Old Crib Turned into and awesome dog crate for a full tutorial on how I made Sunny's new bed, you won't be disappointed!

Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. It is definitely the prettiest dog crate I have ever seen, very creative!

  2. What a great idea!! And a wonderful way to use an old crib!

  3. I love the pictures of the kids in this post Mindi! Just look at your sweetie getting morning kisses from your pup!!! What a big pup by the way! This is an awesome idea! We just took our crib down and were trying to figure out what to do with it! Love that you are repurposing it as a cozy spot for her!! Happy week you!!! Genius I tell you! Nicole xoxo

  4. Ingenious! Sunny has a lovely dog crate. The typical ones look so dingy and bleh and cost too much.

    You know, if your schedule slows done, you could probably open up your own shop. When I look at your project gallery and all the things you have created / repurposed, I know there are people out there who would purchase your stuff. Just sayin'. :)

  5. First of alI...I am amazed that you have six kids AND a Rhodesian Ridge Back! I don't know how you found the time, but that crate is killer! Pinning!

  6. Sunny is soooo big! I loved looking at all the pictures Mindi!


  7. How much the project cost you, please?

  8. It's so nice to look through all of your family beautiful pics, that one of Sunny all curled up is too cute! Now, the idea of creating a big comfy space for her, shows all of your love! Amazing idea!

  9. Amazing! I admire your vision... What a sweet place for Sunny to sleep! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

  10. What a great idea! I've never seen anything like your Dog Crate, and it came out beautiful! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  11. You did a terrific job with Sonny's dog crate. Very stylish and practical. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  12. That is SO nice! Most crates that look this nice are for medium to small dogs. Having a 130 lb dog, I think it's wonderful to see a very nice looking crate for a large dog!

  13. Thank you for sharing this! I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback too, and we've run into the same problem. I still have the crib from my youngest, so I will definitely be trying this.

  14. First of all, Sunny is beautiful! Second of all, I never would have thought to use a crib! And it's GORGEOUS! Definitely the nicest dog crate around! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  15. Hope mine looks as good as yours

  16. Great idea. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by tonight at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls

  17. Awesome project! I am totally pinning this for the future!!!!

  18. Awesome project! I am totally pinning this for the future!!!!

  19. This is such a creative solution! Sunny looks happy to have such a gorgeous place to hang out! Thanks so much for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! Pinned!

  20. So so pretty! I would much rather have this than the eyesore metal ones! Great job! Pinning! Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can't wait to see what you have lined up for this week!

    Her Organized Chaos

  21. What a fabulous idea! Easy to see that the dog is happy. And what kid wouldn't love puppy kisses? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. I love it!! I was hoping to build something similar like a console of some sort for the entry that could double as the dog space - this is perfect. So I can close the doors when I need to let guests in.

  23. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, Stumbled, and Shared on G+. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  24. This is AWESOME!! I would love to make one for our dogs...if only they were inside dogs :)

  25. That is a fabulous idea and so much classier than a wire crate! Love it! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.
    Blessings, Deborah

  26. feel like he is very happy with your family, love all :)


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