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Nobody likes to look at their cat litter box. Turn an ordinary thrifted piece of furniture into a new litter box cabinet with just a few steps and hide that unsightly thing for good!

This month’s thrift store challenge was born out of necessity! Nobody likes to talk about the downside to owning cats, and that’s the litter box. We have always had a laundry room to hide the cat box in, but in this house our laundry room is an unfinished space in the basement. There is a big hole next to some of the ducting in that room and I worry that our trouble makers would find their way into the wall through that hole.

So we have been keeping the litter box in our 2nd bathroom. The problem? When we have guests over, they have to deal with a litter box in the bathroom with them. It’s definitely not ideal and it’s something that has bothered me since we moved in. So for this month’s thrift store challenge, I decided to take a thrifted cabinet and turn it into a stylish place to hide the litter box–a litter box cabinet. See the full tutorial below!

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DIY Litter Box Cabinet

My thrift store cabinet was at one time in it’s life the base to a hutch. The top was pretty banged up and it had some ugly hardware that had to go. And yes, in case you were wondering, those ARE my eclipse glasses. What better time to do a little DIY project than during the eclipse?

What you’ll need for your DIY litter box cabinet

The first thing you’ll need to do is decide how big of an opening you will want, and which side of the cabinet it will go on. Once that’s decided, measure and draw out with pencil where you will make the cuts. Then, using the drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole in each corner of where the opening will be. This way you can get the jigsaw blade in to start cutting.

I didn’t think this through when I was doing it so I used a regular drill bit and made a hole in a random place within the doorway. I ended up needing to go back and drill holes in each corner so I could continue cutting with the jigsaw. Don’t be like me! Learn from my mistakes 🙂

Carefully cut out the opening with the jigsaw. If it’s not perfectly straight, that’s ok! The trim later will hide it. Then, on the back of the cabinet, drill 4 evenly spaced holes across the top for ventilation. Use the 3/4″ spade drill bit for this.

Depending on the condition of your thrifted cabinet, you may or may not want to sand down the entire thing. I gave each side a quick sanding, but spent a little more time on the top. Also make sure you sand the inside edges of the opening you cut so that your cats don’t get snagged on a jagged area!

Next, using the miter saw, cut the trim pieces to fit around the opening. You’ll want to cut the corners at 45 degree angles so they fit together snuggly. Using the liquid nails, glue down each piece of trim around the sides of the opening. Use clamps in all 4 corners to keep them in place until the glue hardens. Fill in any gaps in the corners with wood putty.

Then give the entire thing a coat or two of chalky paint! I chose a dark bluish gray for this project because it’s going in our living room. It will be a nice contrast to the wood planked end table I made over last Summer. Once it’s painted and dry, seal the entire thing with a clear creme wax.

The last thing I did was replace the existing drawer handles with two new ones from Hobby Lobby. I love their selection of hardware!

Of course, William immediately had to go inside and inspect the new litter box cabinet. I think he approves, what do you think?

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Gail

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I want to make this so bad, but I am struggling to find a cabinet! I am sure I will find one eventually! Thank you for the tutorial.

Amanda

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Hi Gail! I hope you can find a cabinet. That was also the struggle for us, as it had to be wide enough to fit a litter box. Keep checking those thrift shops!

Dana Georgio

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

This is an awesome idea! However if you put it in a room doesn't it still make the room smell? How is the smell management with this type of thing?

Amanda

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi Dana! We have this in our living room currently and do not have an issue with smell. We have two cats, two boxes (this one and one in the basement) and clean our boxes daily.

Alexandra

Saturday 9th of June 2018

Genius idea! I really love this one. I have pinned - would love to do this when we move. Was a nice surprise to scroll down, and see a bunch of other upcycles too!

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