DIY Dog Food Station with Storage

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We are keeping our dog healthy with a DIY Dog Food Station and Purina Beyond Snacks.  He feels like he is the king of the house and we get to spoil him.

DIY Dog Food Station

It’s been awhile since I shared a project I made for our sweet dog, Rocky. He’s our super spoiled pup that pretty much runs the house – well, him and Connor run the house. Connor_Rocky

I read a few months ago that it’s important for dogs to eat from a raised dog food bowl.  Placing a dog bowl at the proper height for a dog allows him to maintain proper standing posture and allows food to travel more efficiently down the digestive tract.  I really had no idea about this but it totally makes sense.  After reading that I realized we needed a raised dog food station for Rocky.  I also wanted a way to hide his dog food so hubby and I built a Dog Food Station with Storage.

The Dog Food Station was designed around a 20 quart storage bin (measurements: 17 x 11.5 x 6.25)  I purchased.  I highly recommend that you start with buying your storage bin to make things easier on yourself.  The back of the dog food station is kept open so you can easily slide it back and forth when it’s time to feed your pup.

Supply List: (yours might be different if your storage bin is bigger or smaller)

  • 3 – 1 x 4 cut to 25 inches (front boards)
  • 1 – 1 x 2 cut to 25 inches (front bottom board)
  • 6 – 1 x 4 cut to 10.5 inches (side boards)
  • 2 – 1 x 2 cut to 10.5 inches (side bottom boards)
  • 4 – 1 x 2 cut to 12 inches (inside supports)
  • 1 – 1 x 12 cut to 25 inches (top board)
  • 2 drawer cup pulls
  • Adhesive felt strips
  • Saw
  • Brad nailer with finishing nails or drill and screw
  • Jig saw
  • 2 dog bowls
  • Paint and/or stain
  • Small chalkboard, chalk, and velcro (optional)


Step 1:  Use the brad nailer to attach side board pieces to 2 support boards.

Dog Food Station Step 1

Step 2:  Attach front boards to side boards.  Sand lightly and paint or stain.  Once paint dries, attach drawer pulls and felt strips to bottom of the base.

Step 3:  Place dog bowls on top board and trace circles.  Use the jig saw to cut out circles.

Dog Food Station Step 2

Step 4:  Sand lightly and stain or paint.

Step 5:  Attach top to base of storage station.

dog food station 3

Step 6:  Attach chalkboard using velcro if you want to add a little personalization to your dog food station.

I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I love how rustic it turned out.  I usually keep things very simple and boring so this actually adds a lot of character to our kitchen.  Plus, it looks so much better than having his food and water bowls on the ground with a bin of dog food sitting out.

And nothing but the best for our Rocky!


As Rocky has gotten older, keeping him healthy is even more important to us.  We love to spoil him with treats especially when he listens and obeys us so I make sure to stock up on Purina Beyond Snacks.  Rocky loves them and we’re happy giving him a healthy, natural snack where chicken is the #1 ingredient with no corn, wheat or soy.  You can’t go wrong with a dog snack that is grain free and contains no poultry-by-product meal, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  We can spoil Rocky without feeling guilty about what he is eating.  And guess what?  They are crafted in Arkansas which means you are supporting an American owned business when you buy Purina Beyond Snacks.

Purina Beyond Snacks Target

Of course I picked up my Purina Beyond Snacks this week at Target.  I can’t stay away from that store especially not that I’m home with the baby.  It also helps that Cartwheel currently has a 10% off Purina Beyond Dog Snacks at Target, available from 10/4-10/31.  Definitely a win-win.  Rocky gets his treats and I save money.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create a personalized Dog Food Station with Storage for your pup.  We were able to make it for right around $30.  Let me know if you have any questions about the directions.

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Family Charging Station

We desperately needed a place to charge our electronics so when I came across this mail organizer at Target, I decided to turn it into our Family Charging Station.

Family Charging Station

I drilled a few holes in the back so the cords could attach to our phones, iPad, and Connor’s tablet and it was good to go.  I also made a small label and attached it to the metal label on the front.

Family Charging Station

Now all I need to do is hook up our electronics and they can charge.  Plus, I now know where to find the iPad and tablet when we need them.

A super easy DIY project that I love!

Family Charging Station

And, while shopping at Sam’s Club last week, I found these super cute Kleenex boxes.  The Kleenex Perfect Fit fits into your stylish lifestyle easily.  They are decorative and fit perfectly in your small spaces.  I’ve placed them all over – in each bathroom, on my nightstand and on my desk at work.

Kleenex Perfect Fit

So, stop at Sam’s Club now through May 31st to pick up your boxes of Kleenex Perfect Fit.

How do you keep your electronics organized and charged?  Do you have a family charging station?  If not, this simple DIY is the perfect project for you!!

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60 DIY Outdoor Projects

It’s time for another week of The Crafted Collective.

60 DIY Outdoor Projects


My cohosts:  Sweet Tea & Saving GracePitter and GlinkThe Benson Street

Today we are sharing 60 Outdoor Projects that will definitely make you want to get your DIY on.  After looking at all these projects, I definitely want to makeover my deck.

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1.  Outdoor Day Bed


2.  Outdoor Pallet Sign


3.  Fire Pit Cover and Game Table


4.  Crate Bench


5.  Striped Planter


6.  Painted Outdoor Rug


7.  Outdoor Patio Table


8.  DIY Hammock Stand


9.  Shell Windchimes


10.  DIY Outdoor Candle Lanterns


11.  Drive Through Sprinkler


12.  DIY Tiki Torches


13.  DIY Patio Table with Built in Beer/Wine Cooler


14.  Bottle Opener


15.  Drink Station

Now, head on over and visit my fabulous cohosts to see the rest of the DIY Outdoor Projects.  There are so many great ideas.  You will definitely be inspired!!

Sweet Tea and Saving Grace

Pitter and Glink

The Benson Street

With the weather finally warming up outside, it’s definitely time to start working on some outdoor projects.

What DIY outdoor projects have you completed lately?

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DIY Ornament Cake Stands

It’s Craft Lightning time!

Do you know what that means?

It means I’ve got a fun and easy project that can be completed in 15 minutes.  And these DIY Ornament Cake Stands take less than 15 minutes to put together (minus the drying time).

DIY Ornament Cake Stands


Materials needed:  (I found all of these at my local Walmart)

  • glass plates and bowls
  • E6000 clear adhesive
  • small ornaments


Step 1:  Glue bowls to plate using the E6000 adhesive

Step 2:  Once the glue dries, fill bowls with ornaments.

Step 3:  Place a piece of paper over bowl and flip cake stand over.  Place on table and slide paper out from underneath the cake stand.

ornament cake stands

That’s it!

In 3 easy steps, you have a festive holiday cake stand.

How awesome is that?!  It took me longer to take pictures of the cake stands than it did to make them.

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DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva® Vantage

Thank you Viva® Vantage and Walmart for sponsoring today’s post and helping me clean up my messes.

I finally did it!

I made my own cleaning wipes and I LOVE them!!

DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva Paper Towels

First, I headed to Walmart to pick up what I needed.  I purchased Viva Vantage Paper Towels because I knew I needed the good stuff.  I usually buy generic brand paper towels because I’m cheap but it drives my husband crazy.  And I must admit that my husband is so right.   Viva® Vantage Paper Towels really stand up to the test when it comes to cleaning up messes.  They are extremely durable and won’t break up on you while you’re in the middle of cleaning.

DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva Paper Towels

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DIY Entryway Shelf with Coat Rack

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m so excited about today’s project!

I had a coat rack in our entry way but it was small and boring so I decided we needed something bigger and better.  I wanted a coat rack with a shelf and I must admit – this DIY project turned out better than I ever could have pictured it in my head.  This Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack was easy to make and only took a few hours.  The longest part is always waiting for the paint to dry between steps.

I fell in love with these floating shelves by Seventh House on the Left.  They used pipes to make the shelves float on the wall soI I thought it would be fun to add that kind of shelf to a coat rack.

I headed to the hardware store to gather my supplies.

I started in the plumbing section to see the different size pipes that were available.  I ended up purchasing 2 half inch iron floor flanges, 2 – 4 inch pipes that were 1/2 inch wide and 2 half inch end caps.  When I got home, I spray painted all the pieces black.

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

Then, I had the handyman at the hardware store cut a 1×8 and a 1×4 so they were each 40 inches long.

Now for the fun part!

Lightly sand each piece of wood and paint black.  When that was dry, I added vaseline to the edges of the wood and in random sections along the board.  This is the key to creating the distressed look.  I painted the entire board the gorgeous turquoise color and when it was dry, I lightly sanded the entire board.  The vaseline is the key to giving it a distressed look.  The turquoise paint comes off as you sand wherever you rubbed the vaseline.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  This is my new favorite way to distress wood.

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack step 3

Once all that was dry and ready, I used my drill and ProBond Advanced glue to attach the hooks and pipe brackets to the 1×8.

I spaced the hooks out evenly.  They are each 5 inches apart leaving 2.5 inches at the end.  I glued them to the board and then drilled each one in.

I wanted everything to be super sturdy!

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

Then I was ready to hang it on the wall.  I drilled 3 holes so I could attach it to the wall.  I was going to cover the screws with wood plugs but decided to just paint the screws black.  I first drilled small holes in the wood and then used countersink drill bit so the screws would be flush.

Now for my second favor part of the project – attaching the shelf!  Add a little ProBond Advanced glue to the top of each pipe bracket and place the shelf on top.  Let that dry and you are ready to start using your new coat rack.

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

I can not tell you how happy I am with my new Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack.  It makes such a impact on the entryway and is gorgeous to look at!  I can’t stop looking at it.

Here is a list of all the materials I used for this project:

  • 1×8 cut to 40 inches
  • 1×4 cut to 40 inches
  • 2 floor flanges
  • 2 4 inch pipes (1/2 inch wide)
  • 2 end capes (1/2 inch)
  • black spray paint
  • 8 hooks
  • ProBond Advanced

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

I really hope I’ve inspired you to create your own Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack and I highly recommend tyring out the new ProBond Advanced.  It is the perfect multi-surface adhesive for bonding Mixed Materials, like wood to metal or ceramic to drywall.  It dries fast and completely clear so it is awesome for all my DIY projects I have going on all the time.

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Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

This post brought to you by FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve become a little obsessed with FrogTape®!  I love this stuff and it makes me want to paint stripes on everything!

DIY Striped Planter using FrogtTape®

Today I’m going to share how I added a little color to a boring planter.  I found the gray planter on clearance and couldn’t resist buying it.  Before I added the flowers, I decided that it needed a little makeover.

My deck is lacking color at the moment so I used FrogTape® Textured Tape to add a few simple stripes to my new planter.  And when I say simple, I mean simple!  FrogTape® helps make painting stripes, lines, corners, edges, etc. a breeze; which is great when you are a perfectionist like me.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

All I needed to complete this project was a planter, turquoise paint and some FrogtTape® Textured Tape.  The key to this product is the Paintblock Edge Sealer which does exactly what it says.  It seals the edges of the tape so that paint will not get behind any of the tape.

Now, on to this easy FrogTape how-to:

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 1:  Add tape to your surface.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 2:  Take a damp spong and dampen the edges of the FrogTape.  Then apply the Liquid Paint Block Edge Sealer to the edges of the tape.  Since this is a textured surface, this step is extremely important.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 3:  Once the sealer is dry, paint your stripes.

Striped Planter

Step 4:  Remove tape.  Then step back and admire those crisp, clean lines!

How easy was that?  It took me longer to decide which flowers I should plant in the planter than it did to paint the stripes.

Connect with FrogTape® on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter for more fabulous project ideas!

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Chevron Magnetic Board

First of all, can you ever have too much chevron in your house?

I finished my Family Command Center a few weeks ago and wanted to share the Chevron Magnetic Board I created.  Not only was it easy to make but it only requires a few materials.

DIY Chevron Magnetic Board

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Sheet metal
  • white spray paint
  • gray paint
  • FrogTape Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint brush

Step 1:  The first step is to get your frame ready so you know what size to cut your sheet metal.  I needed a long, skinny frame since the wall in my kitchen isn’t that big.  I ended up using a 3 photo collage frame that I had in my garage but you can find them all over the place.

Step 2:  Cut the sheet metal so it fits inside your frame.  I purchased mine at Home Depot in the aisle where the vent covers are located.  After cutting, I spray painted it white.

FrogTape Shape Tape Chevron Magnetic Board

Step 3:  Then I covered the sheet metal with the Chevron FrogTape Shape Tape.  This stuff is awesome!!  I covered the entire piece of metal in rows of the chevron tape and then removed every other piece so it was evenly spaced out.

Step 4:  Paint with gray paint.

Step 5:  Once the gray paint dries, remove all tape from sheet metal.

Step 6:  Add the metal toyour  frame and you are finished.  Hang and admire your awesome new Chevron Magnetic Board.

Chevron Magnetic Board

So what do you think?  Have I inspired you to create your own Chevron Magnetic Board?

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Spring Centerpiece with Upcycled Bottles

This month’s #MyFavoriteBloggers challenge is Spring and nothing screams spring more than fresh flowers!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

I took my favorite Starbucks drinks and upcycled the bottles into a pretty centerpiece using a little jute, my glue gun and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

So that means you need to get your drink on so you have a few of these glass bottles.  I love the  Starbucks Coffee Frappuccinos.  They are so good and come in a few different flavors!

Start by cleaning the bottles and removing the labels.  Then use your handy dandy glue gun to glue the bottles together.  Wrap some jute around the bottles and glue it into place so it doesn’t fall down.  Add some pretty flowers and your centerpiece is done.

So simple and gorgeous!!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

Now I’m officially ready for winter to be over.  I’m ready to wear my flips flops and sit on my deck and I’m especially ready for Spring Break!

I’d love for you to check out some of the other spring inspired projects that my friends, #MyFavoriteBloggers, came up with!

11 spring inspired projects from _MyFavoriteBloggers

From top down, left to right: Stamped “Bloom” Necklace from One Artsy Mama, Spring Centerpiece from me, Washi Tape Popsicle Stick Flowers from The Benson Street, Simple Circle Pinwheels from Creative Capital B, Semi Homemade Strawberry Shortcake from Seven Alive, Five Minute Hair Pins from It Happens in a Blink and Suburble, Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn in Your Microwave from 4 You with Love, Color-able Free Printable Spring Banner from Do Small Things with Love, Fairy Guesthouse from Happy Hour Projects, and Geometric Print Vase from Pitter and Glink.

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Necklace Holder {Holiday Gift Ideas under $20 with My Favorite Bloggers}

I’m excited to be teaming up with my favorite bloggers again to share 12 handmade gifts under $20.

I must confess – I love handmade gifts!  I love making them and giving them to people and I love when people make them for me!

Necklace Holder with Glass Knobs

For my gift idea, I made something that I’ve personally wanted for the longest time.  And since I want it, I figured every other girl needs a necklace holder.

This was so much fun to make!  I started by picking out my knobs.  I was going to get a whole bunch of colored knobs but decided at the last minute that I liked the clear glass knobs better.  I bought all the knobs at Hobby Lobby on sale so they were each $1.99 or $2.99.

Then I cut a piece of scrap wood so it was 15 inches long and drilled 5 holes.  Each hole is 2.5 inches apart.

I sanded and painted it this pretty teal color. When the paint dried, I sanded and stained the edges of the wood.  The key to adding the stain is to rub it on with a cloth and then wipe it off.

After the stain dried, I added the knobs.  I did have to cut the ends of the knobs with a hacksaw which made me a little nervous at first.  I thought it was going to be difficult to do but it was actually pretty easy.

Once I attached all the knobs, I was ready to add my sawtooth hangers to the back and hang on the wall.

Finally I was ready to hang all my favorite necklaces and step back and admire my gorgeous new necklace holder.

This is going to be very hard to give as a gift.  I guess I better start making another one:)

Now meet all the lovely ladies and their AWESOME handmade gifts under $20!

MFB Nov 2013

Sky from Capital B, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, ChiWei from One Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive All Livin’ in a Doublewide, Bethany from  Pitter and Glink, Lauren from The Thinking Closet, Kirsten from One Tough Mother, Nancy from Do Small Things With Love, Kara from Petals to Picots and Nancy from 4 you with Love!

MFB $20 gifts

Sarah’s Handmade Hand Warmers

Lauren’s Painted Cork Coasters

Bethany’s Gold and Green Bracelet

Kara’s Crochet Pattern Roundup

Kirsten’s Glittery Utensil Gift Set

Sky’s Simple Fleece Face Guards

Marilyn’s Individual Peppermint Solid Sugar Scrubs

Kara’s DIY Necklace Holder

Kadie’s Easy Crochet’s Hot Pads

Melanie’s DIY Photo Desk Organizer Gift

Nancy’s DIY Wedding Photo Canvas Print

What is your favorite handmade gift to give?

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