A Faux Cobblestone Dog House

Every once in a while, I get to do something tremendously enjoyable. I was working in a beautiful and very expensive kitchen which was being revamped. There was a closet in the space that the client didn’t know what to do with.  She wanted a bulletin board space for her children – a place where her 4 kids could post their school and extra curricular activities etc. I suggested that we divide the closet in half and have the upper half for the kids…and the lower half…for their beloved dog (who was a rather large dog with the temperment of an angel!).  This is what I came up with!

I had my contractor fashion out a dog house facade shape from sheetrock which I then primed and painted. I wanted to keep the same look as the floor, so I first rolled on a texture (Sandstone from Faux Effects) to mimic the grout.  I let it dry (not…I used a hair dryer and made it dry faster!) then I taped the pattern of the cobblestones with 1/8″ tape. I burnished it to make sure it stayed put. Then I troweled on a few tinted layers (some whiter, some with a bit of ochre and some raw umber) of a texture called Quartzstone from Faux Effects.  For getting in to some of the smaller areas, I made my own little plastic trowel from a styrene board.  After it dried (the next day), I toned it (with some of the same tints I used in the texture) here and there to match the floor even better.
I loved doing this project because it really helped keep the look and feel of the kitchen – but it served a practical purpose.  Decorative techniques can really help solve problems.
If you are having any difficulty figuring out any problems with your rooms, just give me a call.  I am sure that I can come up with something unique and beautiful!

I am linking this project to…

Miss Mustardseed Between Naps on the Porch Hope Studios’ Tutorial Tuesday Home Stories A to Z My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Redoux


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9 Responses to A Faux Cobblestone Dog House

  1. lyna says:

    Creating faux stone/brick is one of my favorite things to do….and I Love this idea for the dog house—very creative!

  2. Very creative use of space. I'm sure the dog is delighted with his new home!


  3. jan west says:

    Hi – great way to keep a dog out from under your feet when preparing a meal…great looking too! Janet W.

  4. Wow! You've got some serious painting talent! Thanks for stopping by and sharing the love.

  5. Linda Leyble says:

    Thank everyone for your comments – I appreciate every single one!


  6. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea!

  7. Becolorful says:

    Thank you for linking up also to BeColorful.
    I have to say I want to dislike your client for having a closet she doesn't know what to do with and then for being lucky enough to have you to up with such a splendid and creative idea. The end result is fantastic. High end homes everywhere will want one. :0

  8. Lovely lovely work Linda.Impressive likeness….

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