Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

DIY Pet Bowl Stand

Monday, March 19th, 2012

As I mentioned several weeks ago, as a birthday present for my daughter we adopted a sweet gray tabby kitten and we named her Coco-Nut.  She’s quickly become a beloved member of the family, the first thing the kids ask me when I pick them up from school is “What did Coco do today?”  Like all kittens, she gets into a lot of mischief and a few things have been tipped over and broken as a result of her exploration into every crevice of our home.  Despite the broken tchotchkes, the kids and I adore her and her sweet personality.

I bought her two little bowls for food and water and they used to sit at the base of a cabinet in the kitchen, but over time we all kept kicking them, spilling the contents, and it was driving me crazy.  So I decided it was time to build a little stand for the food bowls in the hopes it would prevent future spillage, and also to add a little color and personality to the kitchen.  This past weekend I designed and built this elevated pet bowl stand for our little feline for under $15.

diy elevated pet bowl stand cg

 

Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too!  Of course you can modify the height to accommodate medium to large dogs.  Supplies: Two ¾” x 8” x 2’ wood boards; 1” flat head screws; jig saw, Kreg jig or “L” brackets, wood stain + polyurethane, or primer + paint, pet food bowls.  All supplies found at Lowes, pet bowls from Petco.

First, you need to design the template for the feet.  Since the top board adds height, subtract its height from the total height of your stand’s feet. I wanted ours to be 5” high for a full grown cat so I designed the feet to be 4 ¼” high since the ¾” board would sit on top.

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A Gray Striped Dresser

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

My friend is redoing her little girl’s room and she really loves the coastal look in her  home, so when she mentioned she was redecorating, naturally I volunteered my help. 

One of her requests in her girl’s room design was to makeover the pine dresser that one of her in-laws painted for her daughter years ago.  It was a kind gesture with a *ahem* questionable result.  This is what the dresser looked like before I got my hands on it. 

fish dresser before 2

Clearly someone got a little carried away with the ‘Under the Sea’ theme and then threw in some black and white action just to keep us all mesmerized. It’s not that I have a thing against tropical fish. They’re cute on canvas or in a fish tank or floating in front of my snorkel mask while I’m vacationing in Hawaii. I’m just not a fan of them on a pine dresser.  (Which one’s your favorite by the way?)

We decided to keep with the coastal theme but I transformed the dresser from a nautical no no to a more subdued Nantucket nicety with thick gray stripes running down the front.

gray striped dresser after

Super cute for a little girl’s room! 

Here’s the step by step.

AS chalk paint is one of my three favorites to paint furniture with, especially when I’m going for a weathered or distressed look, so I mixed up some Old White, Paris Grey, and a little Duck Egg Blue to arrive at a bluish grayish shade for the stripes.

mix chalk paints

 

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Knit Coffee & Tea Cozies

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I have this friend named Terri, we’ve been friends for 15 years.  We met in law school and we’ve seen each other married and become mothers over the years and even though we live in different parts of California, all this time we’ve stayed connected over the phone. Terri and her husband both practice criminal law, and we got to talking a few months ago about how important it is for everyone to have a creative outlet, regardless of your day job.  Having a creative hobby is essential to stress relief and personal enjoyment, and for Terri, it’s knitting.

I am not a knitter, and have no idea how to crochet yet.  I still don’t understand how you can take a piece of yarn and twist in certain ways with needles to make beautiful things, but I really want to learn so my plan is to force Terri to teach me when she comes to visit this spring.

I asked Terri if she could knit something for me just so I could show her off, so she knit me two coffee cozies. I’ve seen them on Etsy but always wanted one of my own.  How sweet and talented is my friend who sent this to me?

orange coffee cozy

 

Please welcome my good friend Terri and her story on how she knits a coffee cozy. 

“Kate and I went to law school together about a million years ago or at least it just feels like a million years. We were on the phone recently catching up with each other when I told her that I’d taken up knitting. Kate hinted that she’d always wanted a coffee cozy and asked if I would make her some.  She mentioned burnt orange – so I said “Okay, I can do that,”  and looked in my yarn collection to find some yarn in that color.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the first cozy: seed stitch. For those of you who don’t knit, seed stitch is very easy to knit and shows off the beautiful yarn. I used a size 7 needle and cast on about three inches.

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