May 14, 2015
Having a cat brings me a lot of joy- she’s super adorable and incredibly soft. She greets me at the door when I come home after work and promptly rolls over so I can rub her big fat belly. She chases shadows and laser pointers alike- it’s hilarity at it’s best. Having a cat in a tiny city apartment can pose some challenges, however.
When we were apartment hunting one of the big questions I would always ask Mike is, “but where will we put Matilda’s cat box?” otherwise known as the litter box, and more commonly called the POOP BOX. If there wasn’t a very good space to hide her feline throne, I was less likely to be interested in the apartment. When we decided to live here in our place in Columbia Heights, that was one thing I was definitely worried about. There’s only two closets in this place- one is just for clothes and the other houses our washer/dryer & hot water heater with no extra room for much else.
That’s when I started researching alternative options. After looking on Pinterest, Etsy, Amazon, Target, and craigslist, I found the Perfect Solution: This guy! How cute! A mid-century looking cabinet that hides the cat box with an adorable little cut-out for said cat to do her business. This piece seemed too good to be true- until I noticed the price. For almost $500 this option was out of our budget. Mike assured me would could make one ourselves for a fraction of the cost- and luckily he kept to his word! This is how we (Mike) did it….
We found two of these old 1960s-1970s speaker boxes at B Thrifty after a trip out to Ikea for $13 total. Mike popped open the back and top using his super manly muscles and we took a quick peek inside before ripping everything out of it.
Then we removed the lattice work from the front and spray painted it mint green (my fave!) to add a pop of color.
We added hinges to the top so that we can easily access it when needed (i.e., too stinky and in need of cleaning).
We used the inside piece from the speaker box to use as a template to make our hole on the side and Mike gots-to-hand-sawing.
And just like that we had a perfect, kitty-sized hole.
See, I did help! I’m sanding down the hole so as to prevent any kitty splinters.
We spray painted the box a nice crisp white, and once it was dry we put the freshly minted lattice piece back in.
Matilda might be looking in the other direction but we know that deep down inside, she is super happy about her new poop box.
We placed it inside next to the TV, making sure to leave enough room on the side where the hole is so she can get in easily. She’s already used it a few times, so we’re hoping she likes it as much as we do!