DIY Pet Steps for Your Furry Friend

I have not met a pet owner who does not adore their four-legged best friend.  I’m no exception, and as a proud owner of a Miniature Schnauzer I make it a point not only to create a home that is comfortable for my guests but for her as well. 


This simple and sMARt tip is about repurposing something from the children’s department to make it perfect for a pet.

Over the years I’ve been in search of sturdy, lightweight pet stairs that weren’t made of a cheap plastic. And I wanted something both decorative and functional but not expensive. Turned out to be hard to find! So I stepped up to the challenge and discovered the perfect solution: a child’s stepping stool.

My local HomeGoods showcased a huge collection for both boys and girls; each had flowers, princess themes, trucks or robots, so their color and decoration were of no interest to me. But I was drawn to the clean lines, the right height and the durability of the wooden construction. For less than fifteen dollars I had found the perfect solution. Who cares what it looked like? What was once pink and covered with butterflies could be easily transformed with a little creativity. 

Before: Wooden steps found at HomeGoods

Supplies
  • Sand paper
  • Can of high-gloss spray paint
  • Adhesive felt
Directions

Step 1: Look for steps made of wood. Begin by sanding entire surface lightly. Select an appropriate color spay paint to match room décor. I chose a gun metal grey to match my wall color.  Spray once, let dry and repeat for the best results.

Step 2: Once dry, measure steps and cut strips of adhesive felt and place over each step. 

Step 3: You’re done! Since the steps are new in your dog’s world, train your dog to use them: reward with treats for each up and down trip.

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After: Completed pet steps

Shopping for children’s items is one thing, but shopping for your pet stairs in the same department? Well I think that was just plain sMARt!

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