From Thrift Store Find to High End Dog Dish with Chalk Paint

I really liked these fancy dog dishes when I saw them in the Frontgate catalog.  It was the price that I didn’t like. There is no way I would spend $50 to $100 on a dog dish, not that my dogs are not worth every penny but I knew I could recreate the look for less.

frontgate elevated dog dishes

My plan started to take shape when I found a 14″ tall ceramic planter.  I was so excited to start this project that I forgot to take a Before picture so you will have to take my word for it when I say that it was butt ugly.  It had a faux moss finish on it very similar to this planter.  The best part was the price, a whopping $3.99.

before urn picture

I decided on an aged concrete for this urn to go with my garden bunny.  You can check out a step by step post showing how I turned an ugly ceramic rabbit into a garden statue here.

This project was more simple since I was already starting out with the texture of concrete.  The first step was painting the entire urn with Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Relic.  Relic is a medium grey that works for well for recreating the look of concrete and the finish of this chalk paint gives it just the right texture.

dog dish urn2

After the base coat I mixed up a glaze with Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Primitive using just paint and water.  A little bit of glaze goes really far so you just need to mix up a small amount.

dog dish urn3

I want this project to look like it has been out in the garden for years so the glaze/wash doesn’t need to look perfect.  It will actually looks better if the wash is added in layers.

dog dish urn4

I used about 60% water and 40% paint for my wash.

dog dish urn6

I brushed the glaze on with an old brush and dabbed it off with a soft rag, let it dry and washed on a second layer.  I even let the wash drip a bit so that it looks like rain had aged it.

dog dish urn5

This planter has beautiful details and they really showed up after I applied the wash.

dog dish urn8

The only thing left to do was seal the piece.  I usually use spar varnish for outdoor projects but I had just picked up this Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze and I wanted to give it a try.

Crystal Clean Spray Coating

It went on well and gave the urn a soft polished look over the chalk paint.

dog dish urn9

I only had to go as far as my dog’s current water dish to find a fit for the urn.

dog dish urn7

I love the way this project turned out.  I can visualize it nestled in one of my flower beds looking beautiful and functional at the same time.  My dogs love to drink out of random puddles, don’t yours?

Unfortunately none of my dogs are tall enough to drink out of this fancy water bowl so it is looking for a home and I am on the hunt for a smaller urn.

dog dish urn1

My next post will be the third installment of Puppies to the Rescue and I hope you will return to find out what happens next.

Thanks for reading,


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Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Thrifty Decor Chick – Before and After Monday

Mod Vintage Life – Mod Mix Monday

Home Stories A2Z – Tutorials & Tips Tuesday

Between Naps On The Porch – Metamorphosis Monday

Funky Junk Interiors –  Party Junk DIY Linkup

Chic On A Shoestring – Flaunt It Friday

Knick Of Time  – Vintage Decor Inspiration Party Tuesday

Under The Table and Dreaming – Sunday Showcase Linky Party

The Scoop Linky Party  – Tuesdays via Worthing Court – Tutorial and Tips Tuesday

Inspire Me Monday – via My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday

House on The Way – Take A Twirl

From My Front Porch To Yours – Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Miss Mustard Seed  – Furniture Feature Friday

The DIY Show Off – That DIY Party

Denise Designed – Share It Sunday

  • Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse
    March 3, 2015

    Your dogs are so spoiled… Do you think you could use it as a bird bath? Is it too low?

    • Traci
      March 3, 2015

      A bird bath is a great idea, Magali. I don’t think it is too low. I have also thought about holding on to it for the fundraiser for the rescue group I am working with. Thanks for stopping by, I’m always happy to see your name in my mail box.

  • Patty R.
    March 3, 2015

    This turned out beautiful. Your dogs are so lucky to have you :)

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