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« on: February 01, 2015 12:46:48 PM »



We had a huge problem at our house with our girl Stella's bowl sliding all over the floor when she eats. She's so enthusiastic about her meals! I tried a non-slip placemat (shown), and lined the bottom of her bowls with even more non-stick material. Even then, she constantly pushed her food bowl up against the wall and left a nasty trail of stuck-on crumbs right at the lick line. Eww. I had to hit that spot at least once a week with a Mr. Clean Magic sponge, but at some point, I was afraid I'd start taking off the paint. Plus, no one wants to constantly clean up a nasty lick line of dog food remnants, right? Here's a photo of the grossness. I made the "Bone Appetit" sign a few years ago, but doesn't that wall sort of kill your appetite?


Mr. 'Coo and I did a little brainstorming, and thought that the best way to keep her from the wall was to build her a little table. We purposely put the bowls near the front of the table so no matter how much she tries to lick out that bowl, she shouldn't be able to get near the wall. We first painted the tabletop white, but it was a little stark, so in the end, I bought some cheap but adorable oil cloth and we wrapped the top and stapled it underneath. I just could not help adding old salt and pepper shakers to her fancy-schmancy table. She's such a classy beast.


Here are a few in progress photos. Mr. 'Coo did all the woodwork. Best part, this was constructed from some plywood he had, plus the doors of the old kitchen cabinets we kept when we did a renovation a few year's back. The only cost we had was purchasing the new bowls (we needed them to have a lip to keep them securely in the holes) and $3.50 worth of oil cloth.
The legs, made from nice cherry wood, so we just gave them a little spray lacquer:


Covering the plywood top. We stapled the oil cloth up underneath, and then cut little pie shapes out of the holes where the bowls will sit. Each pie shape was wrapped through the hole and attached to the bottom with a staple gun.


Once we had the oil cloth stapled on the top, Mr. 'Coo screwed the top to the bottom, we added the salt and pepper shakers (a dog needs some seasoning every now and then!), and cleaned the wall for the last time.

Stella approves!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2015 01:46:40 PM »

Now Stella is eating in style!  Love the oilcloth tablecloth...what a fun way to solve a problem...attractive, too!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015 01:54:08 PM »

Stella!
Dinner is served with seating for one gorgeous girl! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2015 03:06:11 PM »

Well Done! I like it
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015 03:58:59 PM »

This is a great project it came out adorable. What kind of dog is she?
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2015 04:16:32 PM »

That is not a dog..it is a COW  Grin Wonderful job on this project. And the salt a pepper and table cloth was a great addition to adding it to your home. Now doggie needs a french nighty thing.

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2015 04:34:25 PM »

That is sooooooooooooo cute!!  What kind of dog is Stella?
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2015 07:29:16 PM »

Thanks, everyone! Stella is a Shar Pei mix. We got her from a rescue group when she was about a year and a half. She's a big girl; about 72 pounds, but she is just the sweetest thing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2015 11:52:54 PM »

Aww Stella is adorable. Thanks for the underneath photos.  My dog, Helo eats on an oilcloth mat that is not nearly as nice.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2015 04:31:02 AM »

That's awesome!  The little salt and pepper shakers crack me up Cheesy
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