Transform an old wooden magazine rack in to a pet food center easily with a bit of imagination, a couple tools, a board wide enough to hold the pet food bowls, and some paint.
I found this beat up and really ugly magazine rack at a yard sale a couple years ago and I knew instantly it would work for my doggy bar pet food center. So shelled out the $8 and packed it in the Expedition and could not wait to get home and work on the new project.
The hardest part was cutting the front board which I now know I should have just cut in the middle and knocked it out of place. Oh well lesson learned. Sometimes on older wood pieces, the glue is dried up and no longer holding the wood in place so you can knock the pieces out of the joints. I did not think to try that first – so this is my tip for you.
I had a piece of 1×10 in the garage from another project so I used it to hold the pet food bowls and used the bowls as templates to cut out the circles. I glued and used 1 1/2- 2″ screws to fasten the board to the inside of the magazine rack. How I came up with the height took a little prodding from the dogs. I used treats to see how easily my small dog could get the food out of the bowl and watched how easily it was for her to take out the small treat. After fastening the food bowl board, I then painted the piece with a 50 cent sample jar from my local home center and made my own chalk paint. (I painted this piece because it was in bad shape)
2 years later the fabulous doggy bar is still being used by my 2 dogs Sierra (an Australian Shepherd) and Gerdy Mae (Jack/Fox terrier). The doggy bar was originally at the end of the counter top next to the sink and door but now after finishing my 7 year kitchen transformation I moved it to the end of the island.
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If you are interested in some more directions on how I did 2 years ago, click here