Adding A Backwoods Touch To Your Doghouse

Posted on: 4 March 2015

If you have a doghouse on your property and you enjoy the look of camouflage, adding this feature to your friend's home can be easily done if you know the proper technique. All materials can be bought at your local hardware store. Here are some instructions for you to use to decorate your dog's house with camouflage.

Start By Cleaning

Before starting the painting project, take the time to completely cleanse your doghouse. This will allow the paint to adhere as it is being applied. Scrub the doghouse with a mild detergent mixed into a bucket of water. Use a sponge to apply, making sure to use elbow power on areas that have embedded dirt or grime. Use a garden hose or pressure washer to rinse off the soap and let the doghouse dry completely.

Gathering Materials

To give the look of camouflage, you will need three colors of paint. Start with a medium toned color and then find both a lighter and a darker shade of this color to use for highlighting. Greens and browns will work best when making a camouflage look, but if you aren't worried about having the doghouse blend in with the background scenery, any group of like colors will work fine. 

Get yourself a few different-sized paintbrushes to apply the paint to your doghouse. A roller or sprayer can be used for the base coat if you wish to save some time.

Starting With The Base

Apply the medium shade to the entire doghouse using whichever application method you wish. Make sure to apply two coats, allowing time in between the first and second coat for drying. When painting, use painter's tape on any windows and along edges so that the paint will only be applied to the wood of the house and not on the roof or other surfaces. 

Add The Lighter And Darker Colors

When adding the other colors to your doghouse, use a photograph or a piece of camouflage clothing to copy the patterning. Camouflage shapes are usually random with rounded edges. Start with your darker color and randomly place some of these shapes on your doghouse over the base coat.

Use a paintbrush so you can get the desired shape and make sure the spot is completely colored in. Do the same with the lighter shade of paint. Usually the amount of camouflage coloring will be uniform between the light, medium and dark shades, so try to have an equal amount of each color placed on the doghouse.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Braendel Painting or a similar company.