DIY Pet Feeding Station (Dresser Makeover)


Turn an old dresser into a pet feeding station! It’s easy and keeps your pet’s area nice and neat!
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This project started with an old dresser that didn't have much use any more!
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First thing was to decide what drawers were staying and which I was going to remove. Then I removed all the unnecessary pieces. Then I made any necessary repairs and thoroughly cleaned it! Then it was time to paint!
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After everything was deconstructed and cleaned up it was time to paint! I used two coats of chalk paint followed by two coats of wax. Then it was time to build a shelf to hold the food and water bowls. Using a piece of particle board I traced around a plate the size of the bowls interior.
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Next, using a scroll saw I cut out holes where the bowls go. After I cut them out it was time to cover the shelf. I chose to cover the shelf holding the bowls with a vinyl table-cloth so that I could easily wipe the area around them/ Alternately you could paint it, the choice is yours.
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After covering the shelf you'll want to cut out holes where the bowls will go! Now its time to make a bin to hold the food. Now it would have been terribly convenient if I could have found a nice plastic tote that would have fit perfectly in the drawer… but I didn’t. So I cut one to fit. First I traced the edges with a sharpie then used a hacksaw to cut through it.
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Once your finished it's time to put it all together! Put the plastic tote in the drawer and fill it with food, I left space for other pet items to store everything all in one place!
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Slide the drawer in place, sit the shelf in place and then insert the bowls!
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And your finished! A beautiful and functional piece for your home and pets! Make sure to check out the whole, more detailed, tutorial on my blog!

Suggested materials:

  • Dressser
  • Chalk Paint
  • Chalk Paint Wax
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  • Jay
    on Oct 2, 2016

    What did you use to clean the wood please? I need something strong, but gentle to my bands & the enviorment. Thank you

    • Vicki
      on Oct 22, 2016

      I had surprisingly good results with wiping out an old dresser with a damp cloth soaked in vinegar & water. Sorry, I just guessed at the proportions so I'm not sure what the amounts were. I knew it needed to be strong enough to allow the vinegar to 'kill' the mold etc., but I didn't want to have an over-powering vinegar smell left over either. My guess is that I simply used my nose when adding vinegar to a spray bottle 1/2 full of water and stopped adding vinegar just short of the vinegar smell becoming "too strong". Sorry this is so vague. If it helps, think about me doing this INSIDE m bedroom ON the carpet (which was ok for me but it could have been disastrous, so I don't recommend!) Once it dried the musty smell was gone, as was the smell of vinegar! DO try it. I was amazed that the results were quick, easy and successful!

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  • Augie snyder
    on Dec 8, 2016

    you might put an airtight lid on the food storage. oxygenation​ destroys the food value and very quickly.

  • Alanna
    on Aug 1, 2017

    This is awesome. I have two cats and one always likes to sit and eat higher up than his brother. I don't leave food out all day....they get fed once in the morning and once in the evening. This is a great way to reuse a piece of furniture. Thanks for the smart idea.

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