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Turn a Crate into a Dog-Toy Box

This dog toy box will not only help you pamper your pooch for the holidays, but it will give your space a much-needed upgrade.

Turn a Crate into a Dog-Toy Box


  1. Sand away any rough areas or old paint and clear the sanding dust with a damp cloth.
  2. When the wood is smooth, apply pre-stain conditioner to help the stain penetrate the wood more evenly. Allow 5-15 minutes for the conditioner to penetrate, then wipe the surface with a lint-free rag.
  3. Stir the stain well (don’t shake the can). Pretest the color in a hidden spot.
  4. Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain using a natural bristle brush. We applied our stain inside and outside of the box.
  5. Allow stain to completely dry.
  6. While wearing rubber gloves, use a lint-free rag to wipe in the direction of the wood grain, removing excess stain and blending the lighter/darker areas. For a darker color, repeat the application process.
  7. Apply a thin coat of polyurethane topcoat in the direction of the wood grain.
  8. Allow to dry.

    Optional for personalization: Make your dog’s toybox even more unique by customizing it with letters spelling out your pooch’s name.

  9. Find a well-ventilated area and place the letters on something that you won’t mind getting slightly covered with overspray, like cardboard.
  10. Remove any debris from the letters.
  11. Spray a thin coat of paint only on the outside of the vase(s). Keep these tips in mind when spraying:
    • Shake your Krylon® spray can vigorously for two minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the ball within the can begins to rattle.
    • Test your spray paint and painting technique on a piece of scrap material until you have achieved a satisfying result.
    • Hold your Krylon spray can 6-8 inches away from the vase.
    • Spray several thin coats of spray paint instead of one thick coat.
    • While spraying, use an even, side-to-side motion and spray off the object, releasing the tip at the end of each pass.
    • Overlap your spray pattern by about one-third with each pass.
  12. Allow the paint to dry between coats. Repeat until the letters are covered.
  13. Wait a few days for the wood stain on the dog toy box to set in before attaching the letters.
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