Check out Matters of Style Marketplace on One Kings Lane

Check out my latest vintage finds on One Kings Lane!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Sneaky Solution

We at MoS are nuts about our pets and we know many of our readers feel the same sentiment towards their four legged bundles of joy. However, as much as I love my cats there has been one nagging problem with having two cats in a one bedroom apartment- THE BOX. I'm embarrassed to show you, but here's the box.
 

Yes, the litter box. For those of us not blessed with a spare bedroom, or a powder room, or a basement to hide the box things are a bit harder. It annoyed me that with all the efforts I was going to to spruce up my apartment, THE BOX was still in view and there was no way to make it disappear. There is cat litter box furniture out there, but let's just say it's really not my style. I haven't seen one of these fake plant pots in House Beautiful to date...


At the same time, I have always wanted to work a vintage trunk into my living room in one way or another. MoS Charlotte and I were recently discussing that we'll shop at Ikea till the cows come home but that every room needs an element of  "something old," and a vintage wood trunk fits that bill quite nicely. So I got the inspiration that cat litter + vintage trunk = big solution. 


Once again Craig helped me out in this department. I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a vintage trunk that I was just going to cut a hole in. Last week Craig delivered the perfect solution, a gorgeous old wood trunk for the bargain price of $25! Sold!


At my handy dad's suggestion I purchased a keyhole saw to cut the opening. I have never owned any type of saw and this was a great excuse to buy one. With a keyhole saw, you first use a drill to make a hole with a large drill bit. Then you fit the tip of the saw into the hole and gradually make it bigger until you can saw with the larger section of the blade. 


A good bit of sawing later and voila, I had a cat sized hole. Which immediately got a very thorough inspection. 


Inside the trunk I placed the litter and a mat so that litter won't get tracked out of the box.


Close the lid and it's as if the litter isn't even there. The cut size faces away from the seating area so there's no way to tell it's not just a regular trunk. Well, I guess I just told...


I'm so thrilled with this litter box solution that I should have done years ago! Does anyone else have any creative solutions to this end to hide the unsightly aspects of pet ownership? We'd love to hear!

19 comments:

The Consummate Hostess said...

Genuis! I have to admit that I despise litter boxes so much that I delegated the cleaning to my husband. Perhaps I would be more inclined if our box looked a bit more like yours!

Kelly Green said...

Ingenious!

camdesign said...

That is the best idea for litter I have ever seen, if we ever get another cat I will be stealing your idea... (we lost our cat of just over 21 years and are not ready for another)

Sarah @ Comfort and Joy said...

Such a cool idea. :) I'll definitely file this one away. I'm in a tiny place at the moment so I think I am going to try the Booda Dome (http://catlitterboxreviews.com/dome_litter_box_b.jpg) as I don't have room for a large trunk right now...

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

I love your DIYs! You are a Craig's list master searcher! Love it.

Nina said...

What an awesome idea! And I can't believe that you scored such a gorgeous old trunk for only $25!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

love it!

inthetweeds said...

Amazing idea!! Love how it turned out!!

Anonymous said...

That is the most awesome, fabulous, unique....what else can I add...litter box! I truly hate them, too. I actually do not mind cleaning it, but the looks are horrible. Yucko You have, once again (!!), inspired me to solve that hideous problem.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

One word... BRILLIANT!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

That is fantastic! So many of the solutions on the market are so cheesey...that planter is so heinous that I'm still laughing about the idea of someone having it in their house.

LindsB said...

This is like the best makeover / DIY ever! It looks like you bought the trunk to go in that spot without even having the cats in mind. It looks perfect there AND the fact that it hides the box is like getting two things for the price of one. love love love this!!!

Beth said...

That is fabulous! What is your idea for a big, humongous, ugly and totally necessary wire dog crate: 43 x 28 x 30 inches high? Right now it's in the middle of my kitchen!

The Gimlet Eye said...

GENIUS!

Chic Coles said...

Wow, what a change! This is such a great idea!

The Zhush said...

Wow! You are on to something here! So chic and stylish! Get yourself a bunch of these and an infomercial! Its a golden idea!

tarheel said...

wow! that's brilliant!

SogniSorrisi said...

Amazing! Looks so good. Does the cat find it easy to use?

Pat's Addition said...

Thinking outside the box...love it

Blog Widget by LinkWithin