Raised Tile-Topped Pet Feeder

Submitted by Joni on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 11:00

I modified the single bowl raised pet feeder by adding tile over hardibacker cement board (over the wood platform). Then, I trimmed it with a thin border of wood. These are pretty addictive to make, as you can see from the pictures!

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On the white version, I simply used white acrylic craft paint. On the stained versions, I used a mixture of Minwax water-based stains using Antique Walnut & Onyx, topped with 4 coats of General Finish Satin EnduroVar.
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Mon, 12/26/2011 - 13:12

I love the tile look you used! I have been looking everywhere for attractive raised pet bowls and have found nothing I like. I do have a few questions: is the cement board necessary? What size and type of wood did you you use for the trim and how did you attach it?

Thank you for posting I would have never thought of this myself!


Wed, 01/04/2012 - 12:59

Thanks for the feedback. According to the guys at Lowe's, you could skip the cement board and use liquid nails to attach the tiles. But the grout/adhesive that I was using would not bond to wood (and I think that may be true for many, if not all of them), so I went ahead with the cement board. This required a special drill bit for my roto-zip (to make the circle), and a special drill bit for my screwdriver (in connecting the cement to the board). I used "craft wood" trim (available at Lowe's in Pine). It's 3/8" thick and 1 1/2" wide. It's the perfect size for covering a 3/4" frame, cement board and the tile. I glued the boards together and then nailed thin brads in to secure it.

katieevans140@… (not verified)

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 20:11

Hi. I love your post! Did you lay the tile and then cut it or cut the holes first? What tools do you need to cut the tile?


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Sun, 03/04/2012 - 10:38

Katie, I didn't have a tile cutter. I purchased a tile nipper from Lowe's, and was surprised at how easy it is to snip off the parts you don't want. I nipped it first and got it all laid out around the circular hole prior to putting the adhesive down. It helps to put the tile pieces in a vice, and then nip it. -Joni

calli (not verified)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 10:11

this is awesome. our great dane has a massive drool issue (to be expected) so i've been trying to find a plan that isn't JUST wood top. problem solved. i think i just found my new christmas present gifting tradition too! thanks!

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