Dog House Makeover – Mom in Music City
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Dog House Makeover

  • May 3, 2017
  • By Sabine
Dog House Makeover

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When I bought my fixer upper, a large dog house was left behind by the previous homeowner. Although we have two small pups, they are spoiled inside dogs, preferring the couch over a dog house.

If you follow my blog, you know that I like to reuse things as much as possible, so when the opportunity came along for me to try GAF roofing products, I knew right away what DIY project I would use them for –  for a makeover of this sad-looking dog house. Not for my dogs, but for the dogs at the local animal shelter. During warmer months, the shelter keeps several large dogs outside, but the area lacks shade and cover. I’m hoping this dog house will keep the dogs cool and dry.

As you can see, the dog house needed lots of TLC… especially the roof.

The first thing I did was measure the roof.  Next, I went to Lowe’s to purchase all my roofing materials. This part was pretty easy since all the GAF Roofing Accessories were in one aisle, including shingles, underlayment, ridge cap shingles, and nails. I also bought new plywood and paint. 

dog house makeover

I started by removing the old shingles.

The original roof was a mess. It consisted of plywood and shingles, and a second layer of thin plywood and shingles. All this needed to go.

dog house makeover

Basically, I took it down to the studs, haha. I cleaned the house and reinforced certain areas with leftover treated wood from my wood stash.

dog house

Once the new plywood for the roof was put in place, it was ready for  the FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt.

dog house
new roof

This gives the wood an additional layer of protection. Although GAF is customarily thought of as a professional product used by contractors, it can be used by the average DIYer. I never knew I could install an actual roof myself, but this was totally doable.

diy roof work

For shingles I chose Timberline® Natural Shadow® in charcoal.  I recently learned that Timberline is the best-selling shingle in North America. It’s made with proprietary, granular technology. The best part – It looks good and is extremely durable. Just picture how many dogs will be able to use this dog house?! For many years. This makes me really happy.

new shingles for the roof

Once the shingles were up, it was time to add the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles. These offer multi-layer protection at the highest-stress areas of the roof.

These are easy to use, since no cutting is required. Just use your hands to break them.

new roof

When everything was done, I primed and painted the house a cheerful yellow color.

dog house

Not only was this makeover fun to work on, I feel good knowing that this house will go to good use.

dog house makeover

Billy and Teddy were the first to get a “tour” of the new and improved dog house.

dog house makeover

Are you keeping busy with outdoor projects this spring? What kind of DIY project would you use GAF roofing on? 

By Sabine, May 3, 2017
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