Say you've got a humungous ginormous beast of a dog. Say said dog drinks oodles of water to fill up that huge body. Then say said dog splashes water and slobber and yuck in like a ten foot radius. On top of that, you just painted the wall behind his water bowl and the water sprays are super streaky.
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Step 1: Find Old Shelf.
In an effort to stop the water from ruining our house, I found a particle board shelf that was leftover from a unit that didn't survive a move. Materials hoarder that I am, I kept the shelves thinking they'd be good for something someday. Someday arrived.
I propped it up between the wall and the bowl then walked away wholly dissatisfied with its overall general lack of tasteful appearance.
Step 2: Come Up With a Cool Plan.
The next day I was staring at that sad particle board when it hit me: carve out a city skyline!
I drew up some random shapes trying to keep the center most practical, yet be stylish.
Step 3: Start Cutting.
I began with the 3" circular saw I had, cutting away larger chunks and the straight lines.
Step 4: Keep Cutting.
Next I used my jigsaw to get into corners and finer details.
Step 5: Paint.
I used a can of white spray paint that I had laying around. I'll likely go back with a can of Plasti Dip as that stuff worked incredibly well on the water bowl stand that I built.
Step 6: Attach.
I attached the cutout to the wall using screws I found in my vast collection of randoms, washers to dress it up in a sort of industrial chic kinda way, and wall anchors.
Step 7: Wait....
Drill through the cutout into the wall, drill out the wall holes larger, cram in the anchors, screw in the screws then wait...
Step 8: Rejoice!
It works! I have saved the wall from the beast's watery ways. Yay!