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October 7, 2016

Easy DIY Dog Bowl Stand on Hairpin Legs

Szuka, our 100 pound Komondor, spends quite a bit of time at my parents' place and I feel guilty about admitting this, but she's been eating and drinking out of plastic food containers there for years.  They were purchased new for storing her food, so they're food safe, but they slide around on the floor and as a result she makes a huge mess.  When method challenged me to tackle any messy DIY project I wanted, I knew just what I wanted to make!  I decided that with my Mom's budget-friendly pink, gold & grey kitchen makeover nearly complete (photos soon!), it was high time I made my Szuka-Sweetie a raised dog bowl stand to use there.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
How to make an easy raised dog bowl stand

I don't know who is more jazzed: my Mom or Szuka!  Want to make your own DIY dog bowl stand?  It's deceptively easy, although you'll need a few tools.  (Some lumber yards, however, will make cuts like this for you for a small fee, as long as you provide the exact measurements).  

Supplies:

**We already chatted with our vet as to whether a raised bowl stand was a healthy choice for Szuka when we made her turquoise dog bowl stand for home.  I recommend chatting with your pup's vet about whether this is the right choice and, if so, what height would be ideal. 

As luck would have it, I stumbled across this odd little handmade table at the thrift store for $13 and I scooped it up right away because it had hairpin legs that were just perfect:

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

I removed the legs, which seem handmade, and gave them a blast of gold spray paint to match my Mom's DIY brushed brass hardware:

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

Then Hubby and I decided on the size of plywood top we would create.  I wanted to cut it a bit wider but my parents have the tiniest kitchen, so we chose more practical dimensions - basically as narrow as possible.  We laid out the bowls and legs and played around with placement until it seemed right and then we marked the length, width and placement of the hairpin legs with pencil.  We cut out the circles before cutting the plywood rectangle shape.

To make the circle cut outs for the bowls, we traced the outside and then measured the lip, which we drew as well:
 
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

With everything measured (twice!) and traced, it was time to start cutting.  Using a drill and a 1/2" spade bit (large enough to make a hole that the jigsaw blade could fit through), we drilled a hole in each circle:

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

Then, using those holes as a starting point, we used a jigsaw to carefully cut out the two inner circles we measured earlier, double checking to make sure the bowls fit properly (just in case!):

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

With the circles cut out, we used a circular saw (we don't have a table saw) to cut out the rectangular shape.  It was easier to cut the circles when the plywood was still a huge sheet, but you can switch these steps if you prefer.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

With the plywood piece completely cut out, we applied edge banding - which is really easy and gives basic plywood a much more finished look.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

With pre-glued edge banding, it's as simple as applying heat with an iron and then using an edge band trimmer - or a sharp knife - to trim the excess edges.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

Then I gave the whole top a quick sand with 220 grit sandpaper before giving it a a few thin coats of cheery pale pink primer and spray paint in one.  Spraying, as opposed to brushing, on the paint let the grain shine through, which is a look Mom liked.  (Szuka is likely ambivalent).

When the paint was dry, we simply screwed on the hairpin legs and DONE!

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

This is such a simple project, but it will make everyone's life a little happier!  Szuka's thinking: this is strange...it's not turquoise.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

Unfortunately, even with the cute new bowl stand, sometimes Szuka is still a little bit of a messy eater.  Just a little, and it's sort of on purpose.  Her type of dog food was recently discontinued so we started mixing in new stuff to make the transition easier on her tummy.  Turns out she likes the new stuff a lot better, so she's picked up this weird, kibble sorting habit: even when there's only one type of kibble in the bowl, half of it is carefully placed on the floor.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

To clean up the greasy residue left by her food, Mom and I use method all-purpose spray cleaner - we've both purchased method products for years (my current favorite is the daily granite cleaner, which I use regularly on my new quartzite counters to keep them gleaming). 

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

We both love that method can boast NO animal testing and NO animal bi-products, which any animal lover can appreciate.  The method line is people-friendly too, with biodegradable products, plus recycled and recyclable materials.  As an added bonus, it's non-toxic - so we feel comfortable using it to spot clean around where Szuka eats.  Sorry, sorts.

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs

Now to finish the rest of that kitchen...

This post and DIY project were sponsored by method but, as always, all thoughts, opinions, and liberal use of turquoise backdrops are my own.  

DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
DIY Dog Bowl Stand | Pink and Gold with Hairpin Legs
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  1. Your feeder is adorable, and I couldn't agree more about method. I have actually written them just to tell them how much I like their products. The granite countertop spray cleaner is fantastic, hubby and I end up wiping the counters all day long because we enjoy it and assume the other person hasn't wiped them yet. It's really the first time in over 8 years of marriage we've so diligently wiped the counters!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you like method too!! I really love when I can collaborate with a brand I use and love. I have honestly never used a better granite cleaner. Wish my hubby was as smitten as yours, haha.

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    1. Awww,I would share her if I could!! She's awfully stinky right now, lol. Thanks for pinning!

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  3. Szuka posts are the best! Just one question though - is the pink paint you used safe for her? She may end up licking bits of it at times, right?

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    1. That's a GREAT question! Because Szuka is such an odd duck, it's not really a concern for us. With her bowl stand at home, she never, ever eats off the painted area. She isn't one of those dogs who hoovers her meal and kibble goes flying. She sorts them, one by one, sometimes eating off the floor but 99% of the time, she carefully selects kibble from her stainless bowl. She has the slowest metabolism and the worst appetite! But if she were a dog who plows through her food and then licks crumbs off the stand surface, something like a walnut ply with Tried and True brand Danish Oil (which is food safe) would be a better choice. Thanks for raising that concern - sometimes I forget not all dogs are like her :)

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    2. That's a GREAT question! Because Szuka is such an odd duck, it's not really a concern for us. With her bowl stand at home, she never, ever eats off the painted area. She isn't one of those dogs who hoovers her meal and kibble goes flying. She sorts them, one by one, sometimes eating off the floor but 99% of the time, she carefully selects kibble from her stainless bowl. She has the slowest metabolism and the worst appetite! But if she were a dog who plows through her food and then licks crumbs off the stand surface, something like a walnut ply with Tried and True brand Danish Oil (which is food safe) would be a better choice. Thanks for raising that concern - sometimes I forget not all dogs are like her :)

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    3. Awww she sounds so much like my dog - food sorter he is too :) Although his appetite is a bit too big for his size...

      The Danish Oil sounds like a great alternative, thanks for suggesting it!

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    4. I WISH Szuka had a better appetite - it's easier to train food motivated dogs, lol. I've also seen people treat wood with coconut oil - which would be another food safe finish idea. I haven't tried it, but it's an interesting idea... Not all Danish Oil is food safe, but anything they recommend for oiling wood salad bowls, etc., would work.

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