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DIY Pet Food Station + a Home Depot Giveaway

This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Congrats to Diana C, and thank you to all who participated!

If there’s one thing we could use around here, it’s a simple project (the most satisfying) and a teensy bit of normalcy. Unfortunately for us, the normalcy isn’t too close in our future, but fortunately for our spoiled, pampered (loved to bits) pup, we’ve squeezed in a mini project to enhance his every day routine. (In addition to his new yard, front porch and all day naps, this is just what he needs, right?) So while we’ve only just unpacked our plates and coffee mugs, we’ve taken the time to create a totally necessary pet food station for our main man.

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In partnership with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot as part of the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop, we put together this food station for Jack (and eventually, we’d like to make a mini one for the girls, too!) using leftover studs from our entryway. Which, besides being upcycled and doggone adorable – ha! – it also works triple duty to cheer up our sad kitchen.

MATERIALS USED:
1 – 6′ section of stud, saved from our entryway demolition
Hairpin legs (we used 9″ legs from Cream Street Shop)
2 – stainless bowls
4″ drywall screws (because our stud was so thick)
Test pot of Lemon Zest paint by Behr
Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish

TOOLS USED:
Compound miter saw (to cut our stud into 3 usable sections)
Mini Kreg jig
Measuring tape
Drill
Jig saw
Sanding block / Mouse sander
ScotchBlue™ Advanced Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
Paint/Foam brushes

WHAT WE DID: We scavenged for a good looking leftover stud, and started by cutting it into 3 equal 22″ sections. Using our Kreg jig kit, we installed 4″ drywall screws on the ends and middle of each of the 3 pieces, creating one solid base. This will be the tray part of the food station.

Once we had this, we took our food bowls and traced around the outside, mostly eyeballing the placement. We used our measuring tape to make sure they were floating evenly within the tray, then we…

… used a jig saw to cut out each circle just inside the line. This would allow the lip of the food and water bowl to rest on top of the tray, while the remainder of the bowls would sit below the surface. I used a sanding block to smooth out any rough edges, and I followed that up with our power mouse sander to get rid of large splinters and (mostly) even everything out.

We tightened the existing screws and added a handful more – again, using the Kreg jig kit – to really pull everything together. (Below, you’ll see what the bottom of our tray looks like.) Once it was good and sturdy (and boy, is it!) we used more of the same drywall screws to install our hairpin legs.

Never having used ScotchBlue tape before, I put all my faith in it by really going for it. I lined the top of the food station with the tape, then used a small foam brush to paint the edges in the bright yellow paint (Lemon Zest by Behr). Because we like the look of the 100-year-old wood, we decided to keep all the scuffs and pocks in place – no spackle was used to fill any old nail holes.

To be honest, we were a little nervous to pull the tape up, but holy shmoly. The wood has a rough texture to begin with, and yet the line was smoother than we expected. Crisp, even.

Once the paint had dried, we applied 2 coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in and protect it from doggie water dribbles and food spills.

We allowed everything to dry and bond overnight, and by Monday morning, it was ready for its first run!

We had originally planned to trim the edge hot pink (you know we love that), but when nothing was hot enough for us in the paint aisle, we switched to the brightest yellow we could find. The bonus? The Pittsburgh pride in us loves any excuse to sing Black and Yellow.

But! There’s a bonus for you, too!

THE GIVEAWAY. As part of the Blog Hop team, we’re giving one lucky reader a $75 Home Depot gift card! The details:

  • TO ENTER: Simply leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below (can be a link to your own blog, another website or Pinterest) for your chance to win the $75 Home Depot gift card.
  • GIVEAWAY ENDS: Monday, August 12th, at 5pm CST
  • SHIPS TO: USA only, please.

And if you’re still searching for that summertime (or painting or pet-loving) inspiration, we encourage you to check out the following projects from fellow Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop teammates:

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The lucky dog winner will be selected using random.org on Monday, August 12th at 5PM CST. Good luck and happy entering!

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions, cute dog and Steel City love are all ours.

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