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How To Make a DIY Cat Bed Using Old Drawers

How To Make a DIY Cat Bed Using Old Drawers

Our Cats

I have a great tutorial to show you how we made this awesome DIY cat bed using re-purposed drawers but I have to talk a little bit about our indoor cats and about the cats we feed outside as well.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

Most of our indoor kitties were strays that we found on our property that had either been abandoned or were sick.

We took PeeWee in as an adult cat but he had been left in a barn setting with no claws in the winter to fend for himself.   He had already been rescued from that environment but those people couldn’t keep him so we took him in.

Our outside kitties have adopted us.  We house them, feed them and try our best to find them homes.  I guess we foster them.

We fix the females when they are old enough and get them their shots.  Most of the time we find homes but sometimes they just hang around until they get tired of us I guess.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

Our Cat Food

Not too long ago we changed the dry food we give our indoor cats to the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Indoor Complete.  This food is intended for cats over 1 year old.  But the Nutrish Indoor Complete foods have been the only one we have tried that all the cats like.  Plus there have been other health benefits for them as well.

We have noticed that the heavier cats are looking slimmer and that they digest it better since there are less kitty messes (vomiting) to clean up.  Thank goodness!

Sometimes cats have a hard time switching foods.  If this is the case you can slowly add the Nutrish Indoor Complete into the current food and decrease the amount of the current food over a period of about a week to 10 days until you have completely replaced it.

When I researched it further I found Nutrish Indoor Complete contains a real superfood blend to meet the complete needs of your indoor cat and contains US farm raised chicken as the #1 ingredient and real salmon.  They must love that stuff because they eat it up!

But the best part of this, I just found out, was that a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.

As of December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need.

Did you guys know that Rachel Ray did all this?  I didn’t!  I am super impressed with this entire thing.

So by purchasing this product not only am I helping my little family of kitties but I am helping to save animals all over the world not just in my backyard.  That makes me happy.

You can find it in stores where you shop for groceries or online at Amazon.com, chewy.com or jet.com  I got mine at Hy-Vee.  I believe I have seen it in my local Fareway but they were out of it this time.

DIY Cat Bed

Now I can show you the awesome DIY cat bed we made.  This cat bed is made from the last three remaining drawers from the dresser that Jeff and I painted and made into a changing table when Ian was born.  That was almost 27 years ago.  This is what they looked like when we started this kitty bed.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

The dresser was red when we got it and we painted it white with the gray knobs.  Well, after a number of years it has chipped and chipped.  I remember the paint chips on the wood floor that I had to vacuum all of the time when he got older.

We finally took it out of the room and moved it to my store to use as storage.  It stayed there for a long time and got some water damage.  These three drawers were salvageable when we sold the building last fall.

I knew I would need to get down to the wood if anything was going to stick.  So that is what I did.

I sanded and sanded and got a lot of it but ended up using some stripper to get the rest of the red paint off.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

It worked well and this is what I ended up with.  I wasn’t going to replace the knobs so I added some spackle and sanded it down when it was dry.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

Putting It Together

Jeff used these 1×2’s to alter the heights of the drawers.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

They also served as little legs for the drawers.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

This was the first stage.  He did the same to one other drawer only opposite then added a drawer in the middle.  All of the pieces are screwed from inside the drawer into the wood piece.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

Painting The Cat Bed

I love a distressed look even for the cats and I always want a darker color to show through when I sand so I started with a black primer spray paint.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

I chose a bright, fun color for the final coat.  This Green Apple Satin spray paint from Rustoleum is definitely one of my new favorites.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo machine to create some number stencils for the fronts of the drawers.  You can see how I create stencils in my sofa table post.  It really is quite easy!

It is really cute and Sasha enjoys the top level to look out the window.

The Final Result

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

She loves to put her paws on the sill and look out the window.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

After I snapped a few pics I started to add the food and some other pretty things next to the DIY cat bed for the post.  The kitties wouldn’t stay away from the food.  Chloe and Sasha even did a little fighting over the bowl.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

The food was the highlight, not the cat bed.  LOL!  They really like to be on the window sill instead of in the drawer.

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

What do you think?  I am not sure they really like the bed so much but if they don’t use it I can always make it into a nice outdoor planter, right?

I like it and I think they will too.  Be sure to pin it!

I love to re-purpose. This DIY cat bed started out from the only three drawers left from my oldest sons baby dresser/changing table. It was fun to use them to make something for our indoor fur babies! (sponsored) www.michellejdesigns.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by,

Michelle

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Naush Samama

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hi Michelle. I can relate, since we have 6 cat rescues as well. We lost 2 babies last year and 1 before that. So now we have 6. These beds look great, but all my cats want the highest bed !! So if one is on the chair, the other is on the closet !! Excellent idea. Much love Naush

Michelle

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Ours do fight over the top bed. LOL! But they seem to like them. Thanks so much.

sue

Friday 9th of June 2017

Now these are one of the most wonderful things you have created. I just love the kitty beds made out of old drawers. You always take things to the next level.

Michelle

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Awww thanks Sue! You always leave such great comments. I always appreciate you stopping by!

Offrs

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Great question followed by great answers. This was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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Michelle

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

Amy Desrosiers

Thursday 1st of June 2017

This has got to be the cutest thing ever!! My kids would get a kick out of the fact that they all have beds!#client

Michelle

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Thank you Amy! If they all went to the cat bed at the same time they would have to share. This just means we have too many cats. LOL!

Michelle James

Thursday 1st of June 2017

Wow Michelle! You did such a great job! I love the color & i can totally see this has a bea planter if they dont use it! Also what a wonderful thing taking care of the straY cats! That is not easy! You are awesome!!

Michelle

Thursday 1st of June 2017

Thanks Michelle. I am looking at the cat bed now and Lizzie is above it in the window sill just like the others do. I may yet become a planter. I will give it more time though. It is new. If I had used cardboard boxes they would be fighting over it. LOL!

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