The ruler of my household happens to be a cat of a certain age known as Miz Grizz. She is The Queen, and as such, deserves royal treatment. I noticed that Her Royal Highness is quite fond of the reimagined drawer beds I made for Gracie and Minnie (two Kingdom of Grizz subjects). The time has come to honor Her Majesty with a cat bed fit for a queen.
I still had a drawer left over from my first foray into creating upcycled pet beds, so I claimed it for this project. As I looked around the house for additional inspiration, and potential supplies, a theme quickly presented itself. One of the first items I found was a metal honeycomb that I decided to use as a stencil for the sides and back of the bed. Now that I knew I was going with a queen bee motif, it was time to get started. First, I removed the drawer's hardware. Then, I sanded all of the surfaces to prep for painting (and filled holes).
Next, I primed everything with spray paint. On the outside of the drawer, I used Rust-Oleum Chiffon Cream Chalked Paint. The drawer's inside surfaces were painted with Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold. Choosing to go with a metallic finish provided an unexpected, and very appealing, outcome. How I love the way the underlying wood grain is highlighted by the shimmery play of light.
Following the application of the first coats of paint, I used the metal honeycomb sheet to overlay the creamy background with metallic hints of ongoing hive activity. While working to evoke this effect, an additional idea came to mind. If I modified the metal sheet for use on the front of the Queen's new bed, it could frame a name plate.
In keeping with the bee theme, I used decorative jelly jars (think royal jelly) for the legs of the bed. It was just a matter of painting the jars and then attaching the lids to the bottom of the drawer.
Finally, I added a luxurious faux fur mattress fit for a queen. Miz Grizz works hard keeping everyone in line and has more than earned an extra measure of comfort. I hope Her Majesty is pleased with my humble offering. Though it is a small gift, it was made with great love. She is the Queen of My Heart.
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