Cat-astic!! Old Cabinet Transformed: Guest








Okay, you guys know I have cats… maybe? and I love them.  Actually I love all pets, and someday I want a farm, with dogs and goats and geese and a pig maybe (but I could never slaughter it) any-hoo, for now it is two cats and two hens…   And when I saw this project I blurted out “Genius!” loudly to my computer screen.   I have seen ideas like this before. but this is the first in blog land and it is a nice surprise project.  Lisa at Recaptured Charm made a great transformation with this old thing.  Check it out!



Alrighty!   It’s time to let the cat out of the bag !
Remember the old cabinet I posted last week , it looked like this.  I must reinforce that this cabinet was really one step from the garbage.  It was cracked everywhere, warped and filled with holes. 
I was waiting for just such a cabinet for this project !
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Since I didn’t need any of the insides of this cabinet, we cleared out everything, plus the drawers, and just used the drawer fronts.
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The drawer fronts were then applied to this piece of wood, which will later be hinged to the bottom of the cabinet.Old Cabiinet to litterbox 005
Now for a coat of KILZ Primer and a very LIGHT coat of white.  Since this cabinet was in terrible shape there really wasn’t any choice but to treat it as a rustic piece of furniture.  Embrace it’s flaws.
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The previous TIN handles were just NOT gonna cut it!  We couldn’t reuse them if we wanted to.
Because of the nature of this project I really didn’t want to spend any money on it. I searched the garage for something that I could use for handles.  Right in the corner of the garage sat a box  of firewood and branches from the tree in my yard.  How perfect!
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Well here she is, all dressed her rustic garb.Old Cabiinet to litterbox 025
Isn’t she beautiful ?
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Ok, another angle…
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 But what makes her so different you ask ?
Surely this is just another cabinet… no ?
No
Lets look from this angle..
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and.. perhaps THIS angle.. Old Cabiinet to litterbox 039
and who’s that going to check it out ??
Hey Coco !
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So lets just turn back the clock a bit.
First we had to make sure there was a vent. Not only to let in a little light but some much needed air.
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Then of course there’s the cat flap, which was the only money I spent on this cabinet.  Around $12.
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Here’s a peek with me holding up the cat flap for a look inside.
LOVE the cracked floor!
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So there you have it.
The cat is out of the bag!  (or in my case.. the washroom)
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Here was Coco’s litter box before ( I’m ashamed to say), in a bathroom that is desperate need of a makeover.  (That will be coming soon.)
BEFORE
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After
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 DISCLAIMER
**No real, fine furniture was hurt during the making of this project*
***No this is not staying in my front entrance next to my kitchen!!**
What do you think?  
Genius!  (couldn’t help but scream that out again!)
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29 Comments

  1. >We are going to be finishing up our basement remodel soon and there will be no place for our litter either once finished and I`m going to be doing something like this. I never thought to put an actual cat door on the cabinet, what a great idea! I was going to leave it an open hole, but the door would keep some of the odor in. Great project!

  2. >GENIUS!!! I am not a cat person…but if I were….I would so make my husband build me one of these cute little things! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. >OMG!!! Total Genius!! I'm screaming too. :0) This would also be a great setup for tiny doggies like my Miss Morgan, the yorkie..I've seen it done for them where they just lay down the puppy pads in a hidden area…very cool indeed!

    Lisa could start a business just for the tiny doggie owners as well as for the cat owners. ;0)

    I'll have to go visit her blog…

    So glad I stopped by…I wouldn't have wanted to miss this..

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

  4. >That is really cleaver. My cats would love that even if it only had their bed in there. They'd love to find a quiet space like that.

  5. >That is crazy clever!!!! I love it! I don't have kittys but if I did, I would have do the same thing!

  6. >I love it.. I wish my cats would use something like that.. but apparently they don't like being in enclosed spaces with stinky liter.

  7. >This? may just be the most incredibly genius thing I have ever seen — you may have just changed my life. LOL 🙂

  8. >If I wasn't head over heels in love with you before I definitely am now! PURE GENIUS!!!

  9. >Hahaha!! I'm laughing at all of your comments. You are all so kind (and very funny!) I'm so glad that you all found it as practical as I did! I cant tell you how CLEEEAN my bathroom is now! Good luck to all of you who make one of these.. you wont be sorry you did.
    I'm just sorry I didnt do it sooner. The vent at the back is very important and lets in all the necessary air. Coco is using it and I think she appreciates the privacy 😉
    Thanks to Remodelaholic for featuring this!
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  10. >Holy Cats, Batgirl! Awesome idea! I have to say though, the only thing I screamed out was, "HONEY! Jump in the car and go buy a cat door, pronto!" Then I started ripping apart my unwanted cabinet…

    ~nic

  11. >Oh.my.goodness! What a great idea 🙂 This is what I would need since I don't have a spot for a litter box!

  12. >The only problem with this is the cats seen it and now I have to run a search 24/7 till I can find a cabinet!!!!!!!!!!

  13. >The epitome of style meets function! Love the handles. Were they just glued on??

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