Top Tips for Painting a Doghouse

ECOS Paints 02/16/2021
Top Tips for Painting a Doghouse

Painting your dog’s house is a fun way to get the entire family involved in a building project. After all, dogs aren’t particular about paint design or perfect form, so it’s a great place to make mistakes. But just because a doghouse doesn’t have to look perfect doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care to paint it well. Our top tips for painting a doghouse will help ensure that your doghouse’s paint job will last a long time.

Pick the Right Paint


A doghouse’s primary job is to protect your canine companion from the elements. That means the paint should stand up to the elements. Higher-gloss paints are typically the most durable, making them the best choice for an outdoor structure.


Volatile organic compounds found in paints are just as harmful to pets as they are to humans. Just because the structure is outside doesn’t mean VOCs stop being a problem. When choosing paints for your dog’s house, make sure they’re water-based and non-toxic*. We offer a variety of pet friendly paints that look lovely and are perfect for your dog's home.

The Right Color

Being colorblind, dogs don’t have a huge preference when it comes to their house’s color scheme. However, the color of the house does impact a dog’s comfort while they’re in it. Houses that are painted light colors will reflect the sun’s rays, making the interior cooler. Dark colors will absorb the sun’s rays, making the house warmer. Keep this in mind—as well as the climate of your region—when choosing colors.

Prepare the Surface

When you’ve picked your paint, it’s time to ready the house to be painted. As with any paint job, you should be sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned of mud, dust, or grease before you start. If the house is made of metal, make sure you clear off any rust. From here, you should add a layer of non-toxic primer. Both steps will help the paint adhere to the surface for a more durable paint job.

Have Fun!

As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, decorating a dog’s house is a chance to let your imagination run wild. So, run with it! By putting a little extra thought into painting your doghouse, you can create a vibrant, artistic addition to your lawn or garden. Whatever design you ultimately go with, ECOS Paints is here to supply you with everything you need to make your designs come to life.

* Non-toxic: Conforms to ASTM-D4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.