Dog kennel - made by Eric and Ashleigh

Spoil your dogs with a custom made dog kennel. See how Eric and Ashleigh transformed a few bits of timber and some paint into a dogs haven.

Tools and materials





Paint or varnish

Pet bed


1. Choose the desired design, colour and measure up your timber.

2. Check out your local Bunnings store to pick up all the materials you’ll need. If you get stuck, speak to our expert team for handy tips.

3. Cut your timber and panels to the desired length. This will vary depending on what size kennel you need.

4. Construct the main part of your kennel by attaching the timber with nails, leaving the roof off. Use enough nails to ensure the kennel won’t move around on a windy day and make sure there are no sharp nails sticking through the timber that will hurt your furry friend!

inside of dog kennel

5. You’ll need to sand back the timber to ensure it’s ready for painting. Start with a medium grit sandpaper, then follow up with a softer grit. Clean off any dust with a wet cloth, then allow it to dry before you start painting.

6. Paint or varnish the inside of your kennel with your choice of colour, or alternatively you can use a staple gun to add waterproof material. Allow an appropriate amount of time for your timber to dry before moving on to the next step.

inside of dog kennel

7. Attach the roof of your kennel.

8. Now it’s time to paint or varnish the outside of your kennel with your choice of colour. Make sure you use exterior paint to protect your kennel from the outdoor elements.

painted outside of dog kennel

9. Add some thermal bedding, dog bowls and whatever other accessories you’d like. We built a separate section for our kennel to house the dog bowl.

bowl attached to the side of a dog kennel

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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