What Type of Paint to Use for Your Wooden Dog Kennel?

Types of paints for dog house

If you’re like me, you love your furry friend more than anything and want to make sure their home is perfect.

That’s why I was so excited when I received a wooden dog kennel from my dearest friend for Christmas! 

I immediately went to the internet to try and find the best paint to use on it, but there are so many options!

So which type of paint should you choose for your wooden dog kennel?

And what I have finally used on my dog house? Let’s take a closer look.

5 Best Pet Safe Paints for Wood

As a pet parent, you want to make sure that everything in your home is safe for your furry friend.

That includes the paint you use on their dog house!

Here are 5 of the best pet-safe paints for wood that you can use on your wooden dog kennel:

1- ECOS Paint

This paint is made with water instead of petroleum, making it not only safe for your pet but also better for the environment.

It’s also low-odor and free of VOCs, so you don’t have to worry about your pet being bothered by the smell.

2- Sherwin-Williams Harmony

This paint is zero-VOC and has very low emissions, making it a great choice for pet parents who are concerned about air quality.

It’s also durable and easy to clean, so you won’t have to worry about your pup ruining their dog house.

3- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

This paint is a great choice if you want to achieve a distressed look for your dog house.

It’s also non-toxic and safe for both humans and animals.

4- Milk Paint by The Real Milk Paint Co.

This paint is made from all-natural ingredients, so you can rest assured that it’s safe for your pet.

It’s also eco-friendly and easy to clean up.

5- Non-toxic Latex Exterior Spray Paint for Dog Crate by Rust-Oleum

This paint is a great choice if you’re looking for an easy way to achieve a professional-looking finish.

It’s also non-toxic and safe for both humans and animals.

Choosing the Right Paint for Your Dog House

One of the most important things to consider when painting your wooden dog kennel is the type of paint you use.

You want to make sure you use paint on the animal cages that are durable and will withstand the elements.

You also want to make sure the paint is safe for your furry friend.

The last thing you want is for your dog to get sick from licking the paint off their kennel!

While Real Milk is also my favorite, I ended up choosing to use latex exterior paint for my wooden dog kennel.

I liked that it was durable and would be able to withstand the weather.

I also felt confident that it was safe for my dog since it is commonly used on children’s toys.

If you decide to use a different type of paint, just make sure you do your research to ensure it is safe for your pet and will withstand the elements!

What type of paints and finishes should you not use for your pet house?

You should not use any paints or finishes that contain lead.

Lead is very dangerous for both humans and animals, and it can cause serious health problems.

It’s also good to avoid paints with ingredients:

  • Ammonia
  • Acetone
  • Biocides
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fungicides

Solvent-based finishes such as Polyurethane, Varnish, Lacquer, etc. also contain ingredients that can be harmful to both humans and animals, so it’s best to avoid them if possible.

If you must use a solvent-based finish, make sure to ventilate the area well and keep your pets out of the room until the finish is completely dry.

Also, choose the paints or finishes that contain low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs can be harmful to both humans and animals, and they can cause respiratory problems.

If you’re not sure if the paint or finish contains lead or VOCs, you can check the label or contact the manufacturer.

When in doubt, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and choose a different product.

How to choose right paint for wooden dog house

What Color Should You Paint Your Dog House?

Once you’ve decided on the type of paint you’re going to use, it’s time to choose a color!

If you’re painting the outside of your dog’s kennel, you’ll want to choose a color that compliments your home.

You don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb!

I ended up choosing a light blue color for my dog house.

I thought it would look cute against my brick home and also wouldn’t get too hot in the summer sun.

If you’re painting the inside of your dog’s kennel, you can choose any color you want!

Your pup doesn’t care what color their house is as long as they have a comfy place to sleep.

I chose to paint the inside of my dog’s kennel white so it would be easy to clean.

Decide on a Type of Finish

After you’ve chosen the paint color, you’ll need to decide on the type of finish you want.

There are two main types of paint finishes: glossy and matte.

Glossy finishes are more durable and easier to clean, but they can also show scratches more easily.

Matte finishes are less durable but can help hide imperfections.

I decided to go with a glossy finish for my dog’s kennel since I wanted it to be easy to clean.

You May Ask What about Satin, Eggshell, or Semi-Gloss?

Satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss are all types of finishes that fall somewhere between glossy and matte.

They’re more durable than matte finishes but not as durable as glossy finishes.

They’re also easier to clean than matte finishes but not as easy to clean as glossy finishes.

I would recommend using satin, eggshell, or semi-gloss if you can’t decide between a glossy or matte finish.

It’s really up to you!

How to Paint Your Dog House – Tips for Long Lasting Results?

Now that you’ve chosen the type of paint and color, it’s time to get started!

Follow these steps for painting your dog house…

  1. You’ll want to start by cleaning the surface of your dog house.
  2. Remove any dirt, dust, or cobwebs.
  3. Then, use a primer to prep the surface for painting.
  4. Once the primer is dry, you can start painting your dog house!
  5. Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the paint evenly.
  6. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies.
  7. If you’re using chalk paint, you may need to apply multiple coats to achieve the desired coverage.
  8. Once the paint is dry, you can add any finishing touches you want.
  9. You may want to paint your dog’s name on the door or add some cute stencils.
  10. Or, you could keep it simple and just enjoy your handiwork!

How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Painting?

If you have any pets, you’ll want to make sure they’re safe while you’re painting.

The last thing you want is for your furry friend to get sick from the paint fumes!

Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe while painting…

1- If possible, arrange for someone to watch your pet while you’re painting.

2- If you can’t find someone to watch your pet, put them in a room that’s far away from where you’ll be painting.

3- Close all the doors and windows in the room where you’re painting to keep the fumes from getting out.

4- Open the windows in the room where your pet is to let fresh air in.

5- If you’re using chalk paint, make sure it’s completely dry before letting your pet back in the room.

6- Clean up any paint drips or spills immediately.

7- Wash your hands thoroughly after painting.

8- Keep all paints and paint thinners out of reach of your pets.

Following these tips will help you keep your furry friend safe while you’re painting their dog house!

FAQs

Can I paint my cat house?

Yes, you can paint your cat’s house! Just follow the same steps as you would for painting a dog house.

Also, make sure you use pet-safe paint if your cat will be spending any time in the house while it’s drying.

What if your dog or cat eats paint?

If your pet ingests paint, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Ingesting paint can be very dangerous and even fatal for pets.

If you think your pet has eaten paint, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Do not try to make your pet vomit unless you are instructed to do so by a medical professional.

What if your pet gets paint on their fur or skin?

If your pet gets paint on their fur, skin, or paws, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible.

Paint can be very dangerous for pets if ingested, and it can also cause skin irritations.

To remove paint from your pet’s fur, start by using a damp cloth to wipe away as much of the paint as possible.

Then, use a pet-safe shampoo to wash your pet’s fur.

If the paint doesn’t come off with shampoo, you may need to take your pet to a groomer.

Final Thoughts

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing paint for your dog house.

You want to make sure the paint is durable and will withstand the elements, safe for your pet, and easy to clean.

Once you’ve chosen the type of paint, pick a color that compliments your home.

Finally, prep the surface and apply the paint evenly. With a little bit of effort, you can paint your dog house to perfection!

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