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Farmhouse-Inspired Cat Feeding Station
Over the past year, I’ve been slowly updating my home decor. I’ve painted tables, added new wall art, switched out throw rugs, and added brighter lighting. I want my home to reflect my personal style which is farmhouse-industrial-shabby chic. To achieve this, I’ve been incorporating neutral colors (white, gray, and black) in my decor and adding various textures. I don’t want everything to be in a neutral color so I always add in pops of aqua, green, and blue.
A few weeks ago when I was taking photos for my lamp shade makeover, I realized that I’d ignored the cats’ feeding areas. I saw mismatched bowls and colors that clashed. In all my busyness, I’d overlooked our furkids’ feeding area. Gracie, Spitfire, Garfield, and Bandit deserve an update and refresh just as much as the humans do. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way because I found some great cat-related craft projects on the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pinterest board.
Determined to include the cat feeding area in my home refresh, I decided to make them a farmhouse-inspired cat feeding station.
For this project, I used:
- Sixteen 12″ wood shims
- Wood stain (or paint)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- rubber bands
- sealant (polyurethane or wax)
- two pieces of 5/8″ molding (from craft store)
- rope (from craft store)
- four 1.5″ doll heads
- miter saw
Layout 12 shims. Take two shims and glue them together (using E6000). Repeat until you have 6 pieces of wood.
Next, align those 6 pieces of wood closely together on a flat surface. Cut 5 shims in half and secure them (with E6000) to the back of aligned six. These 5 shims will hold the aligned 6 in place. Make sure you close any gaps on the aligned 6 as this will be the core of the feeding station. Measure and mark two inches from the edge of each corner. Attach a doll head to each corner using glue. These will be the feet of the feeding station.
Measure and mark two inches from the edge of each corner. Attach a doll head to each corner using glue. These will be the feet of the feeding station.
Here’s a photo to show you how the back of my feeding station appeared:
Once the glue has dried, it’s time for the fun part–painting or staining. Since I was aiming for a farmhouse look, I decided to use a stain—weathered gray.
Stain or paint the wood and set aside.
The molding that I mentioned earlier is going to go on all four edges of the feeding station so measure out length and width and cut accordingly.
Stain or paint the molding and then attach to the edges of the feeding station using E6000. Use rubber bands to keep in place while the glue dries. Try not to pop a rubber band on your hand like I did. Ouch!
While I was waiting for the glue to dry, I made a run to Food Lion to pick up some new cat food for the kids. 😉 I bought a bag of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Zero Grain Dry Food For Cats –Chicken & Potato Recipe and one Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Chicken Lovers Variety Pack wet food.
My four cats love chicken so I knew they were going to love the Zero Grain Chicken & Potato Recipe. As their Mom, I love that real chicken is the #1 ingredient with zero grains, gluten, fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, artificial flavors, or meat/poultry by-product meal. In addition, Zero Grain Food for Cats (Dry) is natural plus added vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.
One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® brand is that Rachael’s personal proceeds (from sales) go to Rachael’s Rescue. Rachael’s Rescue was created to help shelter pets in need and so far, she has donated over $14 million dollars which buy food, medical supplies and treatments for those in need. Wholesome ingredients with a pay it forward mission? Count us in!
Now that the glue has dried, and we’re stocked up on cat food, it’s time to put the final touches on our cat feeding station.
Take the rope and secure it with hot glue on the space between the molding and the feeding station base. Basically, you’ll be making a rectangle with your rope. By covering that space, we’re giving the feeding station a more polished look.
Next, cut four 2 inch pieces of rope and glue to the exposed molding edges. Let’s call these bumpers. 🙂
You can see where I’ve attached my bumpers in this photo.
To add a vintage flair, I sealed the cat feeding station with clear wax and distressed it using antiquing powder. You can also use polyurethane to protect it from cat drips and spills.
Guess what? The fur kids now have matching white bowls. No more fighting over who gets the biggest bowl!
Garfield was the first to give the bowls, and feeding station, a test run. I don’t think he cared what color the bowls were as long as they had Zero Grain dry cat food in them. Chicken & Potato recipe for the win!
As an added bonus, he got a container of Chicken Purrcata® from the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack.
When camera-shy Spitfire ignores the paparazzi to get to Zero Grain Dry Food For Cats, you know it’s good!
What color would you paint your cat feeding station?