Category Archives: Pet Projects

An Antique Crate For Pet Toys

My wife Leigh Ann has her veterinary practice in a restored 1920s house, so when I spotted this antique beverage crate in a flea market, I knew it would be perfect for the pet toys she keeps in her waiting room.

After vacuuming out the cobwebs and dirt, I brushed on a coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane, using the satin sheen to protect and retain the old look of the wood.

The bottom of the crate still had its original slats, so I cut and dropped in some stiff cardboard to keep the toys from falling out from between the spaces between the slats.

As soon as the finish dried, we took the box over to Leigh Ann’s clinic, where it blended in well with the old heart-pine floors and woodwork . . . .

But it didn’t take long for Jasper and Daisy to begin pulling their favorite toys back out of the box! At least we now have a place to store them when they’re done playing.

Until next time,

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Percy Protection

This is Percy, our older, neutered, outside-only, male cat, who would be a perfect cat if it were not for just one minor problem….

Percy has an uncontrollable urge to “mark” anything we bring into his territory, and while his spray on this old copper kettle Leigh Ann turned into a planter may look like “character” …..

Our new propane grill did not need any character. It needed protection.

So I took a couple of inexpensive exterior grade plywood panels and hinged them together to form a shield for his spraying, but I also needed to protect the plywood from the weather and make it look a little better.

I used the aerosol version of two Minwax® products. PolyShades® provides both stain and polyurethane combined, but since it is designed for interior use, after it dried I top-coated it with Helmsman® Spar Urethane for extra protection.

Now my grill and the grill cover are protected against Percy’s spraying, and since the plywood panels are hinged, I can just fold it flat and lean it against the wall while I’m cooking dinner.

Until next time,

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