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Do you have pets? We have had our Bichon Frise for 4 years now, and she is every bit apart of the family! As such, we like to incorporate her and all of her doggy stuff into our daily family lifestyle.
Her old plastic food storage container was definitely in need of an upgrade however, I just couldn't find one that I liked that was also in my price range. So, I decided to make one! My favorite part? This shabby chic dog food tin cost me just $10.80 to make; tax included.
I picked up a locking lid container constructed of heavy duty metal (pictured above) from my local hardware store, for $7.99. I finished the container with 1 black paint pen ($1) and 2 bottles of multi-surface Americana paint that I found at our local craft store for .59 cents each. I originally purchased 2 bottles of turquoise, but I only wound up needing 1. I already had the brush on-hand however, if you need to pick one up you can find them for about $1 at most home improvement stores.
After I finished painting 2 coats (allow an hour of drying time in between coats) of paint on my tin and lid (on the outside - do NOT paint the inside of the tin where your pet food will be stored), I allowed adequate time for drying.
Once dry, I used a simple template that I designed online to create an easy pencil transfer for my tin. You can right click on the image to save/print the template that I made below. I could have made a stencil however, pencil transfers are so much easier when you aren't working with a flat surface. Simply print out your design in black ink, cover the design with pencil (color it in hard with a pencil) flip it over (with the penciled-in side down on your surface) and color the other side (following the black ink design from the other side). Check out our step-by-step image guide below.
Once your pencil transfer is complete, use your paint pen to follow the lines and fill in the design. Allow adequate time for drying once your design has been filled in.
To create a shabby chic weathered chalky finish on your tin, use your (cleaned) hard bristle paint brush to lightly brush some of the remaining white paint over the design /tin. Use a sweeping motion and cross hatch the light brush strokes to get the pictured finish. Allow adequate time for drying once complete. We let our paint air-cure for 7 days before filling our tin.
After our container was complete, we loaded it with Bella's favorite IAMS dog food, that we picked up at Target.
IAMS has been Bella's preferred dry food choice since the day we brought her home, when she was just 12 weeks old. I will never forget my daughter's instinct to nurture and protect her when she was a puppy. The night that we brought her home, she fell asleep by her bed keeping a watchful eye.
My gosh, time flies!
Nowadays, it's Bella who keeps an eye out for us. She's become quiet the protector when it comes to my youngest son. She watches out for him everywhere he goes. When he first learned to climb up on the furniture, she would climb up and sit behind him to keep him from falling. They've become quiet the inseparable pair over the past year.
She protects us everyday and we certainly want to reciprocate; starting with a healthy diet. We love that IAMS offers a formulation that's tailored to her size and breed. As a puppy, she enjoyed IAMS Proactive Health Smart Puppy Small & Toy Breed dry food. Now that she's older, we feed her IAMS Proactive Health Adult Small & Toy Breed dry food. It helps her to maintain an ideal weight, and dry food assists with her oral health as well.
I've found that Target offers great pricing on IAMS. I love that I can pick up food, treats, toys, and grooming items, all in one place AND at more than reasonable price points. I can also shop for all of our family needs in the same spot, which is super convenient!
How do you help your pets maintain their overall health? Do you shop at Target for all of your pet needs too? Share in a comment below!