Attractive Pet Food Storage

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 2, 2013 — 15 Comments

For years we’ve been using this very efficient but not-so-pretty method of pet food storage: two plastic drawers stacked atop one another. This system was super functional but really not much to look at, and since I’ve been working on prettifying my laundry room that just wouldn’t do.

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I considered keeping the plastic drawers and just moving them out of sight, but that would have made them pretty inconvenient to use. So I searched high and low for an attractive and functional storage solution that wasn’t stupid expensive. After a few weeks I found these two gallon glass jars at Target for only $13 each!

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The first Target I went to only had one in stock, so I scooped it up and then went online to order another. Shipping made it pretty expensive, though, so I ended up ordering one from Bed Bath & Beyond instead. Well, turns out the reason it was cheaper there is that I accidentally ordered a one gallon jar. Oops. Well luckily for me by then the other Target in town had some in stock so I went and picked one up. And would you believe that when I was taking it out of the packaging at home I dropped and broke the glass lid? I was so annoyed. But yesterday I went back to Target and got another and I’m so so happy to finally have my two jars living peacefully beside one another.

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I just put some extra measuring cups I had lying around in there as scoops. Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting various jars and other crap from around the house in anticipation of eventually getting shelves above the wood counter. See the giant glass jar whose lid I broke sitting in front of the window? I’m thinking of repurposing it as a terrarium.

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What I’m really wanting now is to replace those broken miniblinds with bamboo shades, but I’m having a hard time finding two that match in the right sizes without spending a ton of money. I thought Lowes would cut some to size for me but it turns out that’s only the Levelor brand? So the search continues.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


15 responses to Attractive Pet Food Storage

  1. Haha – love the Jack photobomb.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Hahaha I forgot to reference that in the post! That’s him in his doorway jumper. If I took it down to get a prettier picture I’d have to have come up with something else to keep him busy, so I let him stay and bounce away. He LOVES that thing!

  2. Oh, I wish I could have something that pretty for my pet food. Since I buy dog food in forty pound bags, that would be impossible. I have an old clothes hamper that the bag fits in perfectly.

    Love Jack peeking in to see what is going on.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      I buy big bags, but I don’t think they’re that big! I keep the rest of their food stored in a plastic tub behind the curtain, but the jars each hold enough to last a few weeks (I would say we go through maybe 1-2 cups/day of each, so two gallons is enough for about 3 weeks).

  3. I feed my meow on a green dresser too! I think I might do this… Is there extra food in the dresser? My dog food is in a big bag, and I’ve wanted to get a cabinet to put it in, but I like the jars as a middle solution.
    we just moved and we have a giant laundry/ sunroom area similar to yours… :)

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Yes! I should have mentioned that I roll up the rest of the bag and put it in a plastic tub stashed out of sight (actually behind the fabric curtain a few feet to the right).

  4. I love those giant glass jars. Makes dog food look pretty!

    Try for bamboo shades. I bought some there a few years ago, and they were pretty affordable. You can “hem” them yourself if they are too long.

  5. I just found your blog linked from another site. I’m so glad!! I’m in Baton Rouge in the Southdowns neighborhood. :)

  6. This is a super cute idea! I honestly never would have thought about storing pet food in an attractive way like this, but I love it!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      I can’t believe I didn’t do something like this sooner. It’s a life changer.

  7. Good heavens that room is looking SO SO GREAT! You’ve done great work!

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