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DIY Farmhouse Style Cat Litter Box Furniture

DIY Farmhouse Style Cat Litter Box Furniture

People who know us (my husband and me) know that we love our cats.  We have multiple cats in the house that are our “inside cats” and we have rescue cats.  Some of the rescue cats are allowed indoors especially during extreme cold weather.  It can get crazy in the house when there are many cats roaming around.

We always want the cats to be healthy and happy.  We make frequent trips to our local vet, we create and environment they love inside and outside and we give them healthy food.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

How To Keep Healthy & Happy Cats  

We are constantly creating DIY projects for the kitties and I am going to show you one today that we just finished.  I am so excited about it.  This is how we keep them happy.

To keep them healthy we like to get the best food we can.  When we saw the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Longevity Chicken with Chickpeas & Salmon Recipe food we knew we had to try it.  They liked it but they always love the  Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® dry food too.  It is their fave.

If you like creating pet furniture you will love this cat bed from some recycled dresser drawers.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

The cats love it and they don’t even know that real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the #1 ingredient, plus real salmon,  and that it’s a real superfood blend for lifelong nutrition with a focus on your cat’s heart, mind and body.  If you would like more details be sure to visit the Nutrish brand website.

We also got the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Purrfect Entrees™ Sea-Sational Florentine™ Recipe.  These are yummy recipes made with wild caught salmon, white meat chicken, or yellowfin tuna – accented with tender veggies and served in delicious culinary sauces. They are culinary classics… purrfected! And I love that they are healthy for the cats.  The Nutrish Purrfect Entrees have no artificial flavors, colors or artificial preservatives so we know they are a good choice.

We purchased the Nutrish® Longevity online from Target and it was easy as can be.  Just add this food and the Nutrish Purrfect Entrees to the cart and follow the steps to pay.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

The stores we looked at in town didn’t have it at the time but we have noticed it is now available at our local Shopko store.  Yay!  Want some coupons?  You can find some on this coupon page!  And if you don’t live in Emmetsburg you can check out this list of stores where you can purchase.

Helping Other Animals In Need

They love to eat it…but we also love that a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need.

Through December 2017, more than $23.5 million dollars have been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more.

Many more animals around the country need help, and through The Rachael Ray Foundation, together we can make a real difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

Since helping to rescue cats in our neighborhood,  it makes me happy that when we purchase their food we are helping more cats and other animals.   You can help too just by purchasing Nutrish products for your pet.

I am starting a little section of my blog for the cats so if you would like to see some pics you can check out my Rescue Cats section. It is just in the beginning stages so check back for more photos, videos and cat related projects.

DIY Farmhouse Style Cat Litter Box Furniture 

Now for the DIY kitty project that I promised.  As I mentioned above we love to create projects for the cats.  These are projects that I can always get Jeff to work on with no problems because he loves to make things for the cats.

These are the materials we used:

Two matching end tables that were given to us

1×8 pine boards

1×3  pine boards

1×2 pine boards

Lath boards

1/4 inch Masonite

Two Carpet Tiles

Closet System

Hinges and Knobs

White Primer

White Paint

Black Spray Paint

Gray Stain

Satin Clear Coat (spray can)

HomeRight Paint Sprayer

Liquid Nails

Wood Glue

Brad Nailer and Brads

Electric Drill and Drill Bits

Palm Sander

We had most of these things but did end up purchasing most of the lumber and the closet system for the barn doors.

Getting Started

Here is what our end tables looked like before we started.  They were given to us and dropped off at the house one day by a friend who didn’t want them anymore.  I have to say they have been in the garage for a while but that is okay.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

In my “project vision” I saw these tables stacked one on top of the other as a diy farmhouse style cat litter box furniture piece.

We recently decided to add another litter box upstairs in the bathroom.  BUT…I did NOT want to see it.  It had to be concealed into a piece of furniture.

My Plan

My plan was to stack the tables and basically cover them in wood slats.  I wanted a barn door system on the top portion to hold the litter, the scoop and the other products and to have cupboard doors on the bottom section so I can remove the litter box for scooping and an entrance on the side for the kitties!

Do-able?  You bet!

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

Jeff did all of the building and covering of the tables.  He does great work.  He started by building up the areas that were recessed so the sides would be even to add pieces of wood all along the outside.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

This part took a while because nothing was square.  Then he started creating the openings for the cat entrance, the barn doors and the cupboard doors.and adding wood to wrap around the rest of the tables.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

The Doors

The barn doors are my favorite part so I was excited when he started to work on them.  We could not afford the special barn door hardware so we needed a way to make something look like barn door hardware without the price tag.  He thought a closet system would be the best way.  We spent $14 on this.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

He used a hack saw to cut it to length and fit it into the place he had already created when he made the opening.  The barn doors are on the top section of the cat box litter furniture piece.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

All of the doors were created with masonite and lath pieces. The floors of each section are pieces of masonite.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We attached the closet system rollers to the front of the doors.  They worked like a charm and I am really happy with our budget friendly version.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

Once everything was built, we took it all apart for painting.

Adding The Paint

I fired up my HomeRight paint sprayer and put on 2 coats of white primer and then one coat of white paint.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

I also painted all of the hardware with flat black spray paint.

The top of the entire cat litter box furniture piece is covered with 3 pieces of 1×8 pine boards that I treated with two coats of gray stain from Americana DecoArt.  I love this stain.  I used it on my burlap dresser makeover too.

This was after the first coat. After the second coat had completely dried I sprayed on a clear coat for protection.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

Finishing Up

There were just a few things we did to finish up this project.

First we needed to figure out a way to keep the top section from sliding or moving around without bolting them together.  If we ever wanted to move it we wanted an easy way to take it apart and move it in two sections.

Jeff came up with the block system.  Since he added “floors” the tables it created a inverted bottom.  So he added blocks to the top of the lower piece that would hold the upper piece in place.  All we had to do was place the top section over the blocks.  It worked perfectly.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

Then, last but not least we cut carpet tiles to fit the side sections.  We did not add wood to these sections on purpose so we could create a scratching post side.  They love it too.

We added liquid nails to the back of the cut carpet tiles then weighted them down until they were set.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

After they were set we moved everything upstairs and put it all together.  I am telling you, this is one of my favorite pieces we have ever created!  I love the way it looks.

The Final Look

What do you guys think?

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

This is how this corner of the bathroom looked before.  I am embarrassed to even show this picture.  This chair was supposed to be re-covered years and years ago but the cats sort of took it over as their own so I never did it.  We got rid of it.  Thank goodness.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

I am planning and creating a mood board for this bathroom remodel.  It has all sorts of grays, whites and more farmhouse components but for now, I am adding pieces with that in mind.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

The kitties were in it and using it right away!

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

And they got some treats too.  An extra meal.

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.com

This was a long post.  Thanks so much for sticking with me.  Be sure to visit the Rescue Cats section and if you want to see more DIY Furniture makeovers you can visit that page too!  And you can find my cat and dog rescue shirts on Amazon!

This is Sasha posing with one of the shirts!  The shirt says “Rescue the mistreated, Save the injured, Love the abandoned” .   You can find it here on Amazon.  

If you are cat or dog specific then there are these fun choices too!

Cat Rescue Shirt

Dog Rescue Shirt

We transformed two end tables into a DIY farmhouse style cat litter box furniture to conceal a litter box. #NutrishForCats #NutrishPets #catfurniture #diy #farmhousestyle - www.michellejdesigns.comSee you next time!

Michelle

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Susie Bentz

Monday 4th of May 2020

Just love this Michelle!

Michelle

Monday 4th of May 2020

Thanks Susie. I like the cat box to be disguised. We have a couple more in our laundry room and am trying to figure out a way to disguise them too.

Shannon

Saturday 2nd of June 2018

It looks great but why use the end tables and not just build the boxes?, Since you can't even tell there are end tables in the project, wouldn't it have been easier to just build the whole thing on its own? Still a beautiful piece though.

Michelle

Monday 4th of June 2018

Hi Shannon! You are right. In my head when we started some of the table was still supposed to be showing but as we got into in, from a construction standpoint, my ideas wouldn't work for one reason or another so they got completely engulfed with wood. I still loved the outcome so I was fine with it but it would have been nice to see some of the original table.

sue

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

I love how the litter box looks like a nice farmhouse peice of furniture and i did not expect the nice side opening for the cats to come and go. Brilliant! I had cats all my life and now no more and wish this great nutrise cat food was around when i had a cat, it looks really good. i like your cat gallery so much. my little grandson and i were looking at it and he got mad when it was time to to stop.

Michelle

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thanks so much Sue. I am so glad your grandson liked the photos of the kitties. They are pretty cute!

Michelle Leslie

Monday 12th of March 2018

Stunning idea Michelle. Our purr babies would love something like this and all that storage space too. So functional and so pretty. You guys did an amazing job

Michelle

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thanks Michelle! I love the way it looks and am so happy with it. It is so much better than seeing the box all of the time.

Toni | Small Home Soul

Monday 12th of March 2018

This is brilliant! I love that you made it a double decker with supplies at the top. We had an indoor cat once an the open cat box in our tiny bathroom was too much. People are going to love this idea!

Michelle

Monday 12th of March 2018

Thank you Toni. I do love the double decker but the barn doors are my favorite part. LOL!

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