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!