So, here is how the story goes…
My pets’ food storage is all over the place. Sometimes, we have it in a Rubbermaid tub… Sometimes, we leave it in the bag… And, sometimes, we do a mixture of both. Sometimes, it sits on top of the refrigerator… And, sometimes, it is in the pantry. You get my drift? In a nutshell, it is a mess and has been for quite some time.
I wanted to purchase one of these two options for my pets for their food.
Beautiful, aren’t they? Here is the kicker. The first option is from Ikea. They are the knodd trash cans and they cost $14.99 each. Not too bad, but the shipping for them would’ve been approximately $10.00. So, that would be $40.00 for two pet food containers. Negative!
The second option is definitely a “in my wildest dreams” item. These pet food containers are from Ballard Designs and the small ones cost $45.00. That is actually a little laughable because there is no way I could pay that much for something my pets’ food would be stored in.
So, I had to get creative.
I went to Wal-Mart and purchased an Olaf holiday tin of popcorn for $5.00. Even though I have two pets, I only purchased one container. I wanted to make sure the project was going to work before spending my money on a second tin.
I emptied the popcorn out of the tin. I separated it into 3 bowls because there was no way I was going to waste it. And, let me tell you, the popcorn was pretty darn scrumptious. The caramel was my favorite.
Then, I took the tin, minus the lid, outside and spray painted it white. I used Valspar’s The Perfect Finish gloss spray paint (paint + primer in one) in Gloss White from Lowe’s. I didn’t have to purchase the spray paint because I had some left over from another project.
After the first coat…
After the third coat…
I didn’t paint the lid because it was already black and that is the color I wanted it to be.
After I let the base dry completely, I let it sit overnight, I cut out a black vinyl “B” for Bella and a flower for the front of the container. Kate wanted a flower, so that is why I chose that shape.
Next, my husband drilled a hole in the top center of the lid and we attached a pink knob. I had purchased a pink knob to test on Kate’s desk and decided not to use it. So, it was perfect for this project. It cost $0.97 from Lowe’s.
Side note: The screw that came with the knob was intended to fit a piece of furniture, so it was extremely too long for the lid. We had to switch it out with a short one we had in our tool fastener box.
And, a look at the final result…
Overall cost of this project:
Tin – $5.00
Knob – $0.97
So, overall, I will be able to make two pet food containers for the price of one. 🙂
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