Resene Paints - home page

building a dog kennel

From Habitat magazine - issue 04


You’ll need:

  • Plywood sheet,
  • Timber for supports,
  • Weatherboards or fence palings for cladding,
  • Skill saw,
  • T-square, right angle,
  • Pencil and pen, tape measure,
  • Hammer and nails, roofing clouts, corrugated iron, tin snips, gloves, roof capping, hinges,
  • Paintbrush, Resene Primer, Resene Hi-Glo acrylic house and roof paint.

Step 1

Measure the size of the plywood kennel floor. In this kennel, the dog will enter from the side and turn at right angles into the sleeping space. Mark up the saw lines, making sure they are straight. Cut the base from the board using the skill saw.

Step 2

Nail two pieces of timber under the floor board to lift it off the ground so that it will stay dry. Measure corner supports to the appropriate height, cut them and nail them into the floor board. As we have the door in the side, we have added an additional post for the door frame.

Step 3

Cut the weatherboards or fence palings to length and nail them to the supports.

Step 4

Measure and cut out two triangles from the leftover plywood for the roof ends, allowing a slight overhang at the sides. Nail them to the roof supports, which should be the same length as the kennel.

Step 5

Measure, mark and carefully cut out the corrugated iron using the tin snips, allowing an overhang front and back and at the sides to protect the kennel. Nail it to the timber roof structure using roofing clouts.

Step 6

Fix the roof capping over the angle of the roofing iron to finish the roof. Hinge the roof onto the dog kennel at the back. This allows it to be picked up to shake out bedding and clean the kennel.

Step 7

Prime then paint the kennel in your choice of Resene waterborne house paint. We used Resene Hi-Glo gloss acrylic, but you could also use the lower sheen Resene Sonyx 101 (semigloss) or Resene Lumbersider (satin).

What you will need...

words: Rachel Macdonald
pictures: Lucent* Media

Search Habitat Magazine Stories

Want to get your own free copy of future issues of Habitat?

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit Habitat, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

Resene Paints Ltd

Resene Paints Ltd   –

We would love to hear from you if you wish to use Resene's images, information and ideas for social medial, blogs, newsletters and other media use. Please email and let us know what you need, what it is for and how Resene will be acknowledged as the source of the content. We are happy to assist with most requests.

Our vision is to be respected as a trusted, ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology. View Resene’s profile, Quality Policy, Environmental Policy and Health & Safety Policy.

Any personal data, such as name, address, phone, email details, supplied to Resene for the purposes of receiving newsletters, orders etc will be retained by Resene Paints Ltd and used only by Resene Paints Ltd and its trusted agencies for the purposes of communication/promotion/providing service to you. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal data to outside third parties. If you wish to opt out of communication from Resene please complete our contact us form. View our full Privacy Policy.

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

View Videos