by Jennifer Borrego October 11, 2016

Tools Used for this project:

Kreg jig for screwing my new doors together & for attaching the frames to the existing dresser. We also used pocket hole screws. I use this tool for every build we make.

Ryobi Air strike nail gun. for attaching my plywood base & my bead board paneling

Pure Home Paints in Derby & a custom mixed pink

Wire cutters, to cut your wire cloth down to the right size

Wire cloth this was used to make the cage front walls & was stretched across the top, under the 

Shelf paper for the drawers, and possibly new hardware

Meet the bunnies

Meet Thumper & Sammy

First off let me share that I am just the kind of momma that has to learn some lessons the hard way. Despite my momma's wisdom, I just have to get in the fray a little bit before I know it may not be the best idea...after all, was wrong at least once in my lift.

My daughter Brooke is somewhat of an animal whisperer. The lost pets of the world just manage to seek her out. We have found the homes of at least 8 dogs, a pregnant cat & her litter, a lost kitten in our palette pile, and even a wayward bouncy bunny.

They were each their own brand of trouble & got a few eye rolls from the mister. The bunny was the worst of them all. Brooke found this little guy & of course she named him. Then she walked to Target to get him bunny food. She was sure we would never find his bunny parent's...4 hours later...they answered the door at the hour where she found him in the bushes. Heartbroken!!!! (Or at least her dad was sure she was.)

So with Christmas around the corner Dad decided that she needed a bunny...and then of course the bunny needed a friend so we would need 2 bunnies...I love our pets, but I am not a fan of pet products like crates, wire cages, etc... So, I decided to make a bunny hutch that I would allow in the house.

The hunt always starts on Craigslist. I found a cheap, ugly dresser that was solid & had tons of possibility! It was $50, slightly more than I had hoped to pay, but I didn't want to be a cheapo Grincho at Christmas time.Bunny Hutch Upcycle Before

My first plan included keeping the door & just putting mesh on the sides. I like to be practical & the was no way that we would be able to clean to the right and left of the door. So instead I cut all of the wood below the top 3 drawers out. I used a jig saw to cut them.

bunny hutch makeover 1Bunny hutch progressbunny hutch drawers

I then made framed in & made 2 new cabinet doors with 1x1 boards wire mesh to screen it all in with. The interior floor was replaced with a new piece of plywood (we used boards that were not going to leach any chemicals, especially since bunnies are chewers. I ran a boarder of 1x1 boards on the interior. I then tiled the base with peel and stick linoleum, running them up the boarder that I made & caulking the seems to help prevent any leakage. A better plan would be to make a removable pan...but my skill level could not accommodate that. Bead board was added to the back and sides. All wood was painted Derby with Pure Home Paints. This is super important because not only did the paint look amazing! It was not hazardous to our bunnies. Drawers were lined and new crystal knobs were added.

Bunny hutch finished/after

YES, I KNOW THE BUNNIES BELONG INSIDE;)

What do you think of the finished look? The bunnies are still a lot of work & take lots of nagging kids to take care of...But, making their habitat was one of my favorite projects

 



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