Pet Furniture

Published on September 24th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Fjus turned dog "feeding station"

Carley’s lucky puppies are getting a happy feeding station.

“We are adding a new Golden Retriever puppy, to be named Jaxon (pr. Jackson) to our family in a couple weeks. We already have one Golden named Jewel, who eats from an elevated food dish. Rather than drop another $25 on another ugly set, my husband and I decided that we would rather build one which we thought would at least be more aesthetically pleasing.

We were trying to figure out where we could get the wood for cheaper than is available at Home Depot, and then realized that we had a half-stained Fjus book shelf that we were just going to get rid of. We cut that up, sawed some holes for the bowls, then left a space large enough to place a small Trofast storage bin.

After making a trip to Home Depot to pick up some brown paint and one more piece of wood for the front (which we got cut for free), we came home and nailed the front panels on. We then added a personal touch by adding their names and bone/mod designs and Voila!

We’re pleased with the way it turned out, as is the dog (picture below), although we are thinking about adding doors on the two open sides, and maybe adding a watering system so we can hook up a reservoir. Perhaps sometime in the near future, we’ve still got other projects to work on.

You may ask whether the feeder is too high for a puppy. Nope, that was my first reaction when we got our first elevated feeder for Jewel when she was the same size as our new puppy, but she just hopped up with her front paws and chowed down. Also, Jaxon is already used to an elevated feeder since the breeder uses one (keeps the puppies from falling asleep in their food or drowning in their water).

Cost breakdown:
Shelf (thus wood/hardware) – FREE (although we did spend the $35 but we’ve had it for so long and we were just going to throw it away anyway)
Bowls – FREE (already had, but they’re super cheap to buy)
Water bin – $3
Extra wood for front panels – $8
Paint – $13 Total: $59 (including cost of shelf) We really only count $24 though since the shelf was re-purposed.

You may also want to check out these elevated dog feeder hacks:
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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Fjus turned dog "feeding station"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the look of this, and how you painted it.

  2. Aww.. those Dog’s are loved!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a great system except for the plastic
    water dish. I NEVER use plastic for us or for our animals to eat and drink out of. Too many toxins.
    You may be able to go to a medical supply store and find a stainless container the same size.

  4. This blog is really informative; I have gone through all the posts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    One concern I have- Is the plastic Trofast bin safe to use as a water dish?

  6. Denelle says:

    I love it! It turned out too cute! I wanted to mention though, for your next project, almost every Home Depot sells “Oops” paint, which is colors that others have mixed but don’t like–a gallon is only $5 and a quart is $1. (I’ve heard other stores do as well, but I’ve only found it a HD) You have to keep checking, but with a little luck you can find the colors you want and you’re not only saving money, but you’re saving this paint from a landfill! I bought all the colors for my apt. this way and always get compliments on the modern blues & browns I used–I did my whole apartment for $11 in paint, but it is even better for people doing small projects such as these (you don’t want to run out of paint, since you’ll have to pay full price for it and get it matched, eliminating the $ and recycling factor!).

  7. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Geez, when I saw the first picture I thought “Nah!” Then there’s the finished piece and wow, what a nice shocker. It’s so practical and pretty!

    Jewel is a beauty, and the name Jaxon is too cool! Best of life to you and your doggies. ((♥))

  8. Vee says:

    oh that is so stinkin cute!

  9. Kevin M says:

    Nice setup and a very cool paint job.

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