I just have to start this off by saying that this is one of my biggest DIY undertakings to date, and I am so thrilled with my result!
I'm no carpenter, and I'm barely even a "crafter," what with my haphazard zero-instructions approach, but when I saw this DIY Pet Station on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one for myself, or rather, for Earl.
How I Did It:
Designer cat litter boxes, cabinets, and other litter hiding furniture can easily cost over $100. I decided to do it myself and started at a thrift store. I got lucky with this sturdy $30 vintage "dry sink" that I found at Homeward Bound Treasures. It was literally the FIRST thing standing in front of me when I walked in the door.
There is definitely something to be said for old world craftsmanship; that shelf was really in there. But with a few hard slams, some pliers, and maniacal smile, I was able to remove it.
Next, I removed the drawer and unhinged the cabinet doors. I sanded the ENTIRE piece to remove the stain and give the paint a better surface to cling to. I then applied a coat of light-colored paint to the inside, and a coat of pure black to the outside.
Here's where I was NOT thinking straight: I painted this in my garage, in February, in 31 degree weather. I diligently brought the paint cans in at night, realizing they would freeze outside. I did not, however, consider the freezing point of the wet paint that I had just put on the furniture.
And of course, it dried unevenly, and left what looked like leopard spots of different shades all over the thing. I stomped and cursed and threw a fit, then lugged it inside to add additional coats. The lesson? Don't paint in the cold!
I painted the entire thing, including the doors and drawer, with up to 3 coats of black paint. It was self-priming and I did not feel the need to seal the outside.
To allow easy access for my cat, I sawed the bottom third off of one door. My original plan was to hinge the bottom part to make a swinging door, logistics of this piece prevented it. I fashioned a curtain instead, but I actually don't mind the short door and left it that way.
I fastened new pewter hardware on, put it all back together, and voila, a lovely solution to an otherwise ugly problem. I also added a bed and a kitty litter mat. The drawer holds his nail clippers, brush, treats, and any other pet supplies.
Supplies for my DIY Kitty Litter Cabinet / Pet Station:
- Furniture that fits a litter box
- Paint (I used enamel)
- Hardware: 2 knobs, 1 drawer pull
- Sandpaper, rough and fine
- Sledgehammer and hammer
- Screw driver
- Litter box
- Litter mat
- Pet bed
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