i should be mopping the floor: DIY Raised Dog Feeder

Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Raised Dog Feeder

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Our Chloe-girl is loving the new DIY raised dog feeder we just made for her. And we are loving the fact that her bowls don't clank up against the walls while she's eating or drinking. Chloe is even a bit ornery and picks up her bowls in her mouth to carry to other rooms during the day. Much to her dismay, this new dog feeding station has brought that fun little trick to a screeching halt (womp, womp). Check out how we made this DIY raised dog feeder below.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Not only is Chloe enjoying the new DIY raised dog feeder, she's also devouring her new food (and we think it's fantastic, too). We've gradually switched her to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food. It has been a very welcome addition to her feeding routine. See how this fun dog feeding station came together below.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Can you guess what this started from? This fun little box was one of the crates my dad and I constructed here on I Should Be Mopping the Floor almost five years ago (see its original tutorial here). But truly, you can use any type of crate (store-bought or handmade) to create this DIY raised dog feeder.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.

I talk about Chloe on here quite a bit. She is our seven-year-old Standard Dachshund. Chloe was actually a rescue dog that we adopted two years ago. She's been such a wonderful part of our family. Did you know that Rachel Ray has a rescue program, too? Being a rescue dog family, we really believe it's a wonderful way to add a furry friend into your own home.

Rachael’s Rescue® was created for the pets who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish DISH is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation. This helps the animals in need through the Rachael’s Rescue program. Through December 2016, the program has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to organizations that do good for animals. Many more animals around the country need help. Through Rachael’s Rescue, we can all make a difference in the lives of many furry friends.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
I have to say, switching over to the Nutrish DISH has been a great transition. Chloe is really enjoying her new food. If you switch your dog, be sure to do it in a gradual manner. Introduce the food by incorporating it into your dog's current food over the course of 7-10 days. Slowly replace with Nutrish DISH until your dog is completely switched over.
DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
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DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Now, let's make that DIY Raised Dog Feeder, shall we?

Again, we started with a crate we had on hand (again, my dad and I made this a few years ago). When we moved over to our new home last year, our pantry didn't accommodate all of the cute crates we had made for our previous one. I've used a few of the crates in various spots in our house, but this one had been hiding out in the closet. The only thing to remember here is to make sure your crate is wide and deep enough to fit your dog's food and water bowls. 

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Measure your dog's bowl (we like the simple stainless ones for this project) on the inside of the top of the bowl. This is important...you'll need the bowl's lip to hold it in place in the feeder, so be sure you're measuring on the inside diameter. 

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
We used a compass to trace out the bowl diameters on the bottom of the crate (which will now become the top of the raised dog feeder). Be sure to space your bowls evenly on your surface (we measured each way to get the mid mark of each side of the crate...then drew each circle in its own area).
We made a lead hole with a large drill bit. Then we cut out each hole with the jigsaw.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
We sanded the raw cut parts just a bit before painting the DIY raised dog feeder.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.

Since my crate was already white, I wanted to paint it to where the white showed through a bit in a weathered manner. I rubbed the edges with a bit of hemp oil before applying a red chalk-style paint to all of the outside surfaces of the dog feeder. I honestly could have just left it white...but, where's the fun in that, right?

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
After the red paint was completely dry, I sanded the edges so that white paint would show through a bit. I used a course-grit sand paper for this. 

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
I used an antique wax and wax brush to seal the entire piece and weather it a bit further. I actually did two coats of wax since, inevitably, water would get splashed on the surface of this piece from time to time. The wax just protects it a bit from all that sloshin'.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Doesn't it look great? We just slipped the bowls into their spots and it was ready for action. Chloe is actually a Standard Dachshund, so her stature is significantly taller than the more widely known miniature Dachshunds. This DIY raised dog feeder is better for her back so she isn't stooping to have access to her food and water. We also store extra bags of the food under the crate, since there is plenty of space. 

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Perfect for a bowl of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for Chloe. The Nutrish DISH is also available in Beef & Brown Rice Recipe, too. Click here for more information on both of these varieties.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
The Nutrish® DISH has real U.S. farm-raised chicken or beef as the first ingredient. These are safely USA cooked with the world’s best, whole ingredients.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
We grabbed our Nutrish® DISH at our local Target.

DIY Raised Dog Feeder | This fun dog feeding station was made from a crate and painted to fit in with the owner's decor! Check out how easy it is to put together.
Clearly, the DIY Raised Dog Feeder and the new Nutrish® DISH are winners.





2 comments:

  1. These are so great! My husband made a similar one for our dog and we love it as much as our fur baby does! Pinned to share :)

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  2. This is a great idea, Kristi. I'm sure my little dog would appreciate a raised dish. And Chloe is adorable!
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