Some of you may know that we’ve had a new addition to our household. Actually you should all know since I’ve been showing off my Mother’s Day gift every chance I get. It’s a Labrador puppy and we have named him Tatou. Now it’s time to take matters into my DIY hands with these command center ideas for my dog!
Yes Tatou has taken over our lives and our home. It is littered with puppy toys and leashes, schedules and you name it. Things were all over the place till I remembered that I had a piece of plywood and decided to do some housecleaning. I never in a million years expected to be doing a project like this. Haha!
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Here is my little fellow – just nine months old, and full of energy! We’ve had dogs in the past but never a house dog. So this is a new experience for us. And of course I’m spoiling him rotten.
Let’s get back to the command center ideas otherwise I’ll never stop gushing about my pupster. I had the plywood, at least that’s what I thought it was. You can read all about the differences between MDF and plywood. I had also ordered these hooks from D. Lawless Hardware and wanted to use them to create the command center.
Materials Needed To Make a Command Center for Your Dog
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- Piece of Plywood (mine seems to be covered with laminate)
- Chalky Type Paint in White
- Clear Wax Finish
- 2 Double Prong Robe Hooks
- 2 Milk White Barrel Glass Knob & Oil Rubbed Bronze Coat Hook (similar)
- Brown Plastic Bin
- Screws and Eye Screws
- Chip Brush
Command Center Ideas for Your Dog
I ended up painting over the plywood which was covered with laminate, and using 3 coats of chalky type paint. I used a chip brush and went over it from one end to the other.
Here it is all done and dried. I then sealed it with clear cream wax.
The next step was to decide on the placement of the hooks and so forth.
I thought about adding the galvanized metal planter and painting it but it looked too flimsy.
Next I then tried this heavy duty plastic basket. It looked nice with those brass coat hooks. But it was too top heavy.
I had gotten the white hooks with white screws but the board was too slim so I ended up using these screws instead. I can always paint them to make them blend in. I really love the huge variety of hook that D. Lawless Hardware has for sale.
I used black screws for the brass hooks.
I used three black screws to attach the plastic bin.
Finally I placed two eye screws on the top of the wood for hanging.
And of course I needed a place for the clipboard, for his daily medicine schedule. It’s like having a baby in the house. Haha! I really wasn’t expecting that. Now my kids call me Tatou’s grandma!
And here is Tatou’s command center!
I even mixed in a bit of brown and metallic black acrylic paint and brushed it on the bottom and top of the plastic bin. It kind of looks like the bronze.
Isn’t it a beauty? The milk glass makes a striking contrast to that warm bronze. I even painted the edges of the wood a similar warm brown color.
You really can never have enough hooks, especially with my pupster who is growing so fast.
This is the whole setup all full of Tatou’s important things. Yes, he already has a collection of leashes and straps. No one told me that having a puppy would be so expensive. Not that I’m complaining, I buy him toys every time I go to the market.
It’s a nice set up for now the only problem is that I have no wall space to put it where it will be close to the front door so we can grab the essentials when we are running out the door.
I need to work out the details on this. Maybe place it behind the front door and change out the bin. It is very pretty and practical but way too bulky for behind the front door. I’ll keep you posted if I make any changes.
Bulky or not, it was very much needed to help organize my dog’s essentials. You certainly don’t want to have to spend time looking for his leash when he has to go for his walk.
I was able to create this practical command center for my dog with the help of D. Lawless Hardware’s great selection of products. Go over and check them out, there is so much to choose from.
Do you have a command center for your pet? If not, I hope you got some command center ideas of your am. Am I the only pet grandma who has gone crazy over her pet?
Friday 19th of March 2021
Great information. Thanks!
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Tuesday 5th of June 2018
What a great way to stay organized and not be looking all over for the leash. Tatou is such a cutie pie.
Tuesday 5th of June 2018
Debra a new world has opened up to me. So many things we have purchased for him and our lives have really changed since he came into our home. We are very happy to have him even if things are topsy turvey.
Tuesday 5th of June 2018
Attractive and functional. Where we hang our leads is not right at the front door, but an easy distance from it. Aprons and sunglasses hang opposite, as I’m always putting the latter down somewhere when I get home and losing them. At the front door are hats, coats, umbrellas , shoes, and a whole lot of *&$#@ bills.
Sunday 10th of June 2018
Oh I don't want to know about that last part. I hide the bills away so I won't think about them.