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DIY Dog Food Storage Container

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In an attempt to get my life in order I have been organizing everything in sight. One particular eye sore has been the dining room which over time had collected all sorts of things that didn’t belong anywhere else. Like bags of dog food and lots of cans. So it’s time to get organized and make my own dog food storage container.

Painted plastic bucket made into a dog food storage container.

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It was really cluttering up the room and making it look very unfinished. I’m going to share how I easily made a dog food storage container using a bucket, and in plain sight no less!

Bag of dog food and can in corner of dining room.

And now I hear you saying why not put these things in the pantry or in a cabinet in the kitchen?  Have I ever mentioned just how tiny my kitchen is?  When I stand in the middle with  my arms extended I can touch either side of the cabinets. Both ways! And with a big family to feed, you know each and every inch of that storage space is valuable. So it was not going to be wasted on dog food, as much as I love my pupster!

I had seen this idea by Inspiration Made Simple on the internet and wanted to copy it. I went to Home Depot looking for that bucket but no luck!  What they had available was either too big or too small.

Yes, I could have gone to another store to look for that perfect bucket but I was in a hurry!  I was a woman with a mission. I had to get the house in order fast, because we were expecting company the next day! Do you ever get motivated to do serious tidying up when you are expecting company? And then realize it is all too much?

Instead I found this alternative.  It was a plastic bucket that closed really well in a 10 gallon size.

10 gallon plastic bucket.

 What I Used:

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How to Make a Dog Food Storage Container

I grabbed my favorite paint and started painting it! After half an hour I went to paint on a second coat but the paint started peeling off. Gasp!!  What was this? What did I do wrong? 

Mortified, I reached out to my favorite paint group on Facebook and was told that plastic is really hard to paint over. Why didn’t I know this?  I’m supposed to be a seasoned DIYer by now, right? I may have needed to sand the offending plastic first to get a better grip for the paint or even used a bonding medium such as this one if you have already added the paint. But the best suggestion was to start off with the right paint. They recommended Multi surface satin acrylic paint which is good for hard plastics. 

Now I didn’t have the time to do any of this so I just waited an hour between coats and that really helped. No more peeling. I guess my favorite trusty paint just needed time to cure. 

I painted the bottom white and the lid black.  Two coats with touch ups did the trick. 

Painting bottom of bucket with white paint.

​And then I wanted to add a little something else so I used this stencil that Stencil Revolution was kind enough to supply me with. 

Dog paw stencil.

Not wanting to make any more mistakes, I found this multi-surface paint in my stash and used it to paint the paw stencil. 

Multi-surface paint in black.
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​That pounce sponge is really the best for stenciling. 

Stenciling a paw with a pounce sponge.

​One paw on each side of the bucket so that everyone would know what was a dog food storage container!

Finished dog food storage container.

And my dog food storage container was finished. So much better than having the dog food out in the open like before. 

Stencil Revolution has lots of different designs even for cat lovers!

Top view of dog food storage container.

And while we’re on the subject of tidying up, I took that opportunity to also add a little bit of fabric to a rolling cart I had which looked way too cluttered for my taste. 

Cart with microwave.

​A bit of burlap on the top finishes it off. It actually took me five minutes to do this. The bottom hemming was already there, I just folded the fabric lengthwise and stapled it onto the cart. Next I then glued the burlap on the top of the staples. I’ve also done this in the past but fancier.

Cart with microwave covered in fabric.

​If you are a dog lover like me and you’d like to see more Dog Hacks, Andrea of The Cottage Market has got a ton of  them! 

Finished dog food storage container.

​In hindsight, I should have waited to find a metal bucket but like I said before, I was really pressed for time. This is how I easily organized the pet food with a bucket. And I think it looks pretty awesome too!

​Where do you keep your pet food?

Dog food storage container with text overlay.


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Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Super cute idea. I keep my pups food in a large tall garbage can as well, but have never considered painting it for him. So cute, with the big paw print.

Michelle Leslie

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Aaai Mary, I feel your pain. With four fur babies and four purr babies our pet food is threatening to take over the whole house, never mind the kitchen :D And they all have specific food requirements. Yup, they're spoilt rotten just the way they should be. Love your idea of using a bucket to store their food. It's so much neater and more fun if you can add stencils for that personal touch


Sunday 24th of February 2019

Michelle your home is filled with love but I'm afraid you are going to need a whole special room just for fur baby things in your house. I am lucky that Tatou fits in well and he keeps his things in a basket so no worried there. And did you notice the black and white touch to match with his fur?


Sunday 24th of February 2019

Such a nice idea. I love the paw stencil. I'm sending this post to my father asap. Our dog's bucket deserves a makeover!


Friday 1st of March 2019

Yay, we have to take good care of our pets they give us so much back in return!!

Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff

Monday 25th of February 2019

We're so lucky to have a basement with plenty of room for storage. So, all the cat food immediately wanders down the stairs as soon as it's brought home. The few bits we have for daily use are in the stairs (there's a rim at the side - absolutely perfect for something like this). I have to admit, your bucket is a genius idea!


Friday 1st of March 2019

Thank you Marjan. We have storage downstairs too, but there is no way I am going up and down those stairs for the dog food twice a day. It's bad enough I have to do the laundry!

Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

Monday 25th of February 2019

This is so cute! Love a good storage redo.


Friday 1st of March 2019

With space so tight, it was the only reasonably pretty solution.

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