Weekend DIY Project: Turn An Old Cabinet Into A Kitty Loo

Old cabinet kitty loo

Old cabinet kitty loo. Source: recapturedcharm.com

I must admit, I’m not much of a cat person. I was inspired to write this blog because my brother-in-law Johnnie recently asked if I could help him solve a common small spaces dilemma: how do you place a litter box in a home that has no utility or laundry room? The answer: disguise it in a piece of furniture!

Litter box disguised in a cabinet

Litter box disguised! Source: recapturedcharm.com

Below are three different ideas with varying levels of DIY know-how. You can customize a cabinet kitty loo to work aesthetically in your home by using a piece of furniture that complements your current decor, paint, and/or hardware. The good thing is, all these projects are inexpensive and possible to complete by weekend’s end. Soon you and your cat will be skipping to the loo!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old cabinet or small dresser-Check DiggersList, a local Habitat ReStore, or your neighborhood garage sale. NOTE: For project #2, a FAKTUM wall cabinet and Applåd white door from IKEA was used.
  • 2 Hinges-Project #1, use any type you wish; Project #2 use the Integral hinges from IKEA.
  • screw driver or drill
  • screws
  • hand saw or jigsaw
  • cat flap
  • litter box
  • self adhesive vinyl roll, carpet piece, or vinyl place mat to line inside cabinet
  • vent plate

Specific to Project #1:

  • liquid nails, or wood glue
  • 1/4″ plywood to fit drawer front space

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Specific to Project #1 AND #3:

  • sanding block or hand sander + sand paper
  • primer and paint

Here’s what you do:

Click onto desired project below for complete how-to instructions.

Project #1: Recaptured Charm (see also two top photos)

Old cabinet BEFORE

Old cabinet BEFORE. Source: recapturedcharm.com

Repurposed kitty loo side view

Kitty loo side view. Source: recapturedcharm.com

Project #2: IKEA Hackers

IKEA FAKTUM cabinet on its side

IKEA FAKTUM cabinet on its side. Source: ikeahackers.net

IKEA cabinet kitty loo

IKEA cabinet kitty loo. Source: ikeahackers.net

Project #3: Cat Tree Furniture (pre-fabbed kitty loo)

Cat tree furniture cabinet

Cabinet. Source: cattreefurnitureblog.com

Kitty litter cabinet

Kitty litter cabinet. Source: cattreefurnitureblog.com

NOTE: Project #3’s kitty loo has been included as inspiration. Because it is a pre-fabbed piece, I thought I’d include instructions here:

1. Find a similar cabinet with double or single doors (as shown above).

2. (Optional) Sand, prime, and paint to coordinate with your current decor and color scheme.

3. Using your hand saw or jigsaw, cut an opening for your cat flap and vent plate. (see example above for flap placement). Note: if your vent is placed at the back, be sure to allow space from the wall for air to flow in.

4. Install cat flap.

5. Install vent.

6. Place down vinyl or carpet piece and litter box.

7. Extra optional steps:

  • change out hardware to add even more bling to the piece.
  • Cut another hole on the side(s) to add light for your feline friend.

Do you have a kitty loo? We’d love to see your photos! Email them to: submit@homejelly.com .

Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.

2 Comments

  • John says:

    I found an old media cabinet. I plan on putting additional short shelves towards the top, but so far the cats (and myself) are quite happy with it! Since the litter box is higher up, it’s also easier to clean out. By the way I recommend using old totes (or buying new ones since they still can be cheaper) for anyone with cats that like to kick around the litter. It’s also quite convenient for those cats that can’t quite aim right (if you know what I mean).

    Media Cabinet Outside
    Media Cabinet Inside

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