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DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com First of all- thank you so much for the sweet comments in regards to the laundry room reveal yesterday! You guys always make my day with your feedback. As promised, I’m back today to share the DIY pedestal dog feeders that Emmett built for our fur babies. Click through for the super detailed tutorial.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com I’ll begin by saying, there aren’t a lot of well designed pet feeders out there. They’re either bulky, ugly, or the wrong size. A couple years ago, we made our own (see that post here)– but given we live in a smaller house, our aesthetic has evolved, and we now have TWO dogs… it made sense to create new matching ones for each dog that were customized for our updated laundry room.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Did you know it’s healthier to feed your pets from an elevated feeder? Check out this article for additional information and the benefits of using pedestal dog dishes. Obviously, we want our boys to live long, happy lives, so we took the pedestal / elevated route once again. I also care about the design and aesthetic, so I specified soapstone for the top (to match the countertop) and Emmett did the rest. I gave him free reign to design the pedestals and he didn’t disappoint. I’m really happy with how they turned out! That side of the laundry room reminds me of an art gallery- with the painted portraits, gallery light, and pedestal feeders framing the vignette at the bottom.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Here’s a list of what you’ll need for this project…

S U P P L I E S    +    T O O L S

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 1 // Cut the MDF. Measure and plan your dimensions, then cut the four sides and trim pieces to the appropriate size. We used a table saw for this, but you can also use other tools to cut the MDF.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 2 // Drill pocket holes. Using the two smaller rectangular pieces for the base and the pocket hole jig, drill your holes.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com It should look something like this once your holes have been drilled…

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 3 // Assemble the pedestal. Begin by assembling the corner two pieces with glue, then reinforce with pin nails. The pin nails will hold the piece together while you add the pocket screws. Repeat the process on the opposite side until all four pieces are connected and secure.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 4 // Add the trim pieces. Miter the ends of the trim pieces and affix them to the pedestal using glue and finishing nails. Trim pieces are definitely optional, but they add nice visual interest!

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Your project at this point should look something like this…

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 5 // Silicone the stone. Put a bead of silicone around the top edge and adhere the stone to the MDF. Allow it to completely dry before painting or moving the piece.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com Step 6 // Prep and paint. Prepare the piece for paint by sanding and filling any holes. We used a handheld paint sprayer to paint the piece, but you can use your preference of paint supplies.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com That’s really all there is to it! You can easily customize this to fit your needs… size, color, design, etc.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com I’ll wrap things up by saying this… having well planned and nicely designed pet products makes a big difference in the overall aesthetic of a room- especially when it’s something you leave out on a daily basis. I like for everything to be intentional and I tend to focus on the little details.

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com If the dogs are happy, then we’re happy. It’s the least we could do for humans best friend. I mean, is there anything better than coming home to your dog? I think not. They’re always SO overjoyed to see you and are never mad. Obviously I’m a dog lover, but I can’t help to wonder… what did we ever do to deserve dogs? They’re the best!

DIY Pedestal Dog Feeders - roomfortuesday.com If you have any DIY questions or comments in regards to the DIY feeders, drop us a line below! Emmett and I are always happy to help. What do your pets eat from?

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  • Reply
    Emily
    May 10, 2018 at 9:28 am

    First of all, I LOVE these feeders and how you’ve incorporated your dogs into the laundry space. It’s beautiful, functional, and well designed.

    One question about the feeders and having two dogs: do your dogs eat the same food? Do they have any food aggression? Our dogs eat different food (puppy food for the pup, adult food for our 13-year-old dog) and we have to separate the dogs at mealtime because they try to ‘steal’ each other’s food and can sometimes get aggressive about it. Wasn’t sure if you had this issue or if they are perfectly fine eating next to each other. :)

    • Reply
      Sarah
      May 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Emily!! Our dogs eat different food (they both have special diets and sensitive stomach issues / food allergies). Luckily, neither of them have food aggression or a high food drive… in fact, sometimes they won’t even eat all of their food. Therefore, they’re totally cool eating next to one another and don’t try to steal each other’s dinner. I think we lucked out in that department because it makes it easy to keep all of the “dog stuff” in one shared area. However, the dog feeder pedestals are easy to move should we ever need to separate them someday. xox

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    Amphasis
    May 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

    This is a lovely DIY dog feeders, I like those two artworks of your dogs hanging on the wall, but why is it hang top and bottom, not left and right?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      May 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Great question! I liked the visual weight of the artwork stacked better than side-by-side and it was more appropriate for the space. It also draws your eye downward to their pedestal feeders- which I really liked. xo

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