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Cat-astic!! Old Cabinet Transformed: Guest

13 May 2010

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!
wood handle
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 ?
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.)
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**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!)


Lisa May 13, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

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!

My2Gs May 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

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 :)

Queen of Dreamsz May 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

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 ♥

Linda May 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

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.

Snowman Hill May 13, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

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

miniannalee May 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

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.

Anna May 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

This? may just be the most incredibly genius thing I have ever seen -- you may have just changed my life. LOL :)

mommieof4munchkins May 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

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

Lisa May 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM  

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!

Townhouse Trials May 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

What a fantastic idea!!!
Hmmm might have to print this out for hubby, I want one!!

Nic May 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

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...


littledaisymay May 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

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

Patti May 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

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!!!!!!!!!!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys May 13, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

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

Tales From My Empty Nest May 13, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

You are amazing!! I love the way your piece turned out and to be a hiding spot for the litter box, is just the best. You are so creative! Love & blessings from NC!

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome May 14, 2010 at 2:37 AM  

This project is not only super cute but so very functional. How does the cat like it?
Thanks so much for sharing.

Bird May 14, 2010 at 3:46 AM  

This is my favourite piece of remodelling EVER!!!!! How genius indeed!! I was just loving the handles, but then you showed us the interiors and then I died!!! :)

And I don't even have a cat..yet!
Do you think it would be ok for a dog too (a larger piece..)? :)


Anonymous,  May 14, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

Saw this posted on a friends FB yesterday and found my project piece at a yard sale today. Hope to have Aruba in is new "bathroom" by the end of the weekend.


allthingsnew May 14, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Wow! You're right--this is a genius idea! Thanks for following me from FMF. I just followed you (stephanierosenhahn) You do amazing work!


Lisa May 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

Thanks to all for your wonderful comments. In answer to a couple of questions. The wood stick handles are actually nailed on. As far as making one for a dog, I guess you could. I know cats like privacy when they do their business, so she has adapted very well and uses it with no problem. I would give it a try for a dog.
Thanks again.

My Magic Mom June 15, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

I love, love, love this idea! I'm going to be on the lookout for an old cabinet!

Kathy July 20, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

I am blown away by this....I love unexpected and you are at the top of my list on this one! Good on you!

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