I absolutely love my cats, but I have to admit… the litter box really sucks. Its ugly, it smells, the litter gets tracked everywhere… they’re just overall gross and annoying. Most people have a laundry room or large bathroom they can hide the litter box in but our little home doesn’t have a laundry room so I decided to get creative. A quick search of cat furniture will turn up dozens of litter box cabinets to hide your unattractive litter box but they’re really expensive and most only hold smaller boxes.
The one I liked the best was a whopping 250 dollars… its the only one that would fit my litter box and still look nice in my house. Im sorry, but I just can’t justify spending 250 dollars on a cabinet to put a gross litter box in, so I decided to look into more affordable options. If you’re reading this post then I think its safe to assume your probably in the same boat. I mean honestly these litter box cabinets are just cabinets with a hole big enough for a cat to crawl through… I figured it couldn’t be that hard to up-cycle an old cabinet and put a hole through it myself.
I went to a few thrift stores before a found a cabinet big enough for my litter box. I bought mine for about 30 dollars at a thrift store in Downtown Los Angeles. If you don’t already have an old cabinet to up-cycle, try looking at your local thrift stores such as Goodwill or a used furniture and supply store like Habitat for Humanity. Craigslist is a great option as well. I look at the “free” ads all the time and have grabbed plenty of things off the side of the road to clean up for our little home. Once you find a nice cabinet to fix up all you only need a few more items to finish the job.
Items needed for this project:
Sand Paper or Electric Sander
Varathane Water-Based Poleurenthane – Satin Clear Coat
If you’re like me, some of these tools may seem a little daunting but they’re actually really simple and easy to use so don’t be discouraged!
Step by Step Guide To Your New Litter Box Cabinet:
1. Decide where you would like to keep your cabinet and choose which side of the cabinet you would like the hole to be on. I chose to put my cabinet in the corner of our sun room with just enough space between the wall and the cabinet for the cat to get through and into the hole. I wanted to hide the hole but the cabinet will still look nice if the hole is visible.
2. Using a ruler and a pencil draw an outline of the hole you would like to cut into your cabinet.
3. Using the drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole in each corner of where the opening will be. This allows you to get the jigsaw blade in to start cutting.
4. Carefully cut out the opening with the jigsaw.
5. If you’re planning on painting your cabinet, sand it down using an electric sander or sand paper. I went the easy route and bought a cheap little hand sander. This SKIL Corded Detail Sander runs for about 20 dollars and will definitely get the job done. Be sure to sand down the edges of the hole as well, it will look nicer when you paint it and it will also keep your cat safe from any jagged areas it might get snagged by.
6. Give the entire cabinet a coat or two of chalk paint. You can purchase chalk paint at your local hardware or big box store but I prefer to make it myself using this easy DIY chalk paint recipe. Its much more affordable and only takes a few minutes to make. I found it easiest to use a paint roller on the large surfaces and a paint brush to get the trims and edges of the cabinet but you can use just a paint brush if you don’t have a roller handy.
7. Once it’s painted and dry, seal the entire thing with a Water-Based Poleurenthane – Satin Clear Coat.
All in all this project really only took me a couple hours (excluding the time it took for everything to dry). What I thought might be a difficult project actually proved pretty simple. Im really happy with the results.
Upgrade Your Cat’s Litter Box
Ok, so the litter box cabinet solved the problem of aesthetics but it doesn’t solve the problem of litter being tracked all through the house. Alas! After much trail and error I have solved my litter tracking problem using the Purina Tidy Cats Breeze Cat Litter System. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this litter box… actually, I totally can… I AM IN LOVE THIS LITTER BOX 😻
The Breeze Litter System uses anti tracking pellets. The pellets capture solid waste on top, letting urine pass through to the absorbent litter pads below. The pellets dehydrate solid waste, help minimize tracking, and are 99.9 percent dust free. The absorbent pads are held in protective drawer underneath the system for easy clean up.
Honestly, I can’t recommend this litter box enough. I no longer have to smell the repulsive scent of cat litter and it completely eliminates the litter I used to find all over my house. This litter box has also saved me a ton of money. I used to spend 20 dollars a month for a bag of dusty smelly cat litter. Now I spend about 8 dollars a month on litter box supplies. Definitely an all around win. I hope this post has helped you solve all of your litter box woes! Leave a comment below.