HOME DIY: Painted Dishwasher Safe Cat Bowls

I've been waiting a month for these painted bowls to cure, before I used them for the cat food. I wanted cute bowls designated for only the cats. Instead of putting their names on them (cats can't read), I chose patterns.

- 3 red ceramic bowls at Dollar Tree
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towel
- White acrylic paint
- Small paintbrush
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss
- Wide paintbrush

1) Clean the bowls with a rubbing alcohol soaked paper towel. This removes dirt & oils.

2) I used white acrylic paint & a small paintbrush to add a simple pattern to each bowl.

3) After the paint dried, I carefully sealed the bowl with Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss and a wide paintbrush. I used a few coats of that product, letting each coat dry an hour before adding another.

4) Then, I put them on top of the kitchen hutch to cure for a month (28 days). With our busy summer I forgot about them until today.

The Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss allows for cured dishes to be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher, but you could hand wash items too. The key to making it work well is in using multiple thin layers, letting it the dishes fully cure before using them. If you don't follow the directions, the art will wear off quickly.

Sophie (tuxedo) didn't want to cooperate, but Pippi (grey) and Darcy (tabby) were hungry enough to let me take photos. Sophie likes both cats, but the other two don't like each other much. They tolerate each other for meals and my attention.

I've been writing tutorials on my Instagram. Sorry is the photos are wonky. I edited them on my phone with the PicMonkey app. The Blogger app is still awful, so I'm having to redo this post on my laptop, which isn't a huge deal. Head over to my Instagram to see behind the scenes photos of what I've been up to. If the Blogger app worked correctly, I'd cross-post those photos to here. I have a backup plan, so I'll try to post more often. I just have been really enjoying making things without always explaining how to make it, but I want to share those projects too in a "look what I made" sort of way. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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