DIY Pet Food Stand

We have 3 cats and a dog in our house, and they’re all pretty big fatties. The cats all eat together in the kitchen, and then we feed the dog upstairs in our bedroom (if he eats with them, he’ll steal their food, and if we’re not in the room with him he won’t eat at all).

The old plastic gray food bowl we had started bothering me decor-wise. I found THIS idea in a Pinterest search, then headed down to my scrap wood pile to see what I had on hand…

  1. I cut my MDF down to a rectangle with my miter saw, then used the bowls from my old stand to outline the inside circles I’d need for the bowls. Next, I used a drill bit to make 4 largeish holes in each circle. The holes are then where you can slip in your jigsaw to cut out the actual shape.
  2. Once the top was set, I cut my legs. Four 2x2s to go straight down, then two 1×2’s to as a more modern looking base. Originally I was going to use pocket holes to attach the legs to the top (you can see the holes I drilled for it), but I decided that was overkill so I just glued everything with Gorilla Glue.
  3. After the base was built I glued it to the MDF top and sanded the whole thing down. Then the top got 2 coats of Behr Waterscape, the legs got a coat of Natural Oak stain with Minwax finishing cloths, then I taped off a few random areas and made gold stripes (because everything needs a little gold!)
  4. To finish, I added 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic to the top (don’t skip this step! especially if your dog is a sloppy water drinker)

Voila! Much better 🙂

Sidenote: Did you know it helps with digestion for medium sized and larger dogs to eat with a raised stand? Having to arch their necks all the way to the ground can make for an upset stomach.

You see those things that look like empty shelves on the wall? Those are actually cat ledges- and they LOVE THEM. So yeah, our bedroom has a dog bed, a dog bowl, and 2 cat ledges. We’ve lost control of our lives.

(Also- ps- instructions for the DIY Craft Crate console table is here)


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