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From Unused Closet To Cat Litter Cubby


From the unused closet to the cat litter room

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I think it’s pretty obvious that we would do anything for our pets, including giving them the most luxurious place to pee, of course! Let me explain…There’s been one thing on my to-do list practically from the moment we moved in last November, and that was creating a nice place for cat litter. In other words, I wanted to turn an underutilized closet in the guest room into a well-thought-out haven for our shelter cats Their litter box, treats, surplus toys and food, plus a trash can that I use daily for all things pet related. It took about a year, but I finally got it done, and I’m so excited to give you a little tour of their upgraded space today.

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

Now, I know one of the first things you might be thinking is, “Unused closet? Are you kidding me? That doesn’t exist!” I feel a little bad when I get that comment (which is very common), but the truth is, we were just blessed with that wild moment Kind of a unicorn where we ended up with excess storage space. This 1960s farmhouse has a huge unfinished basement, which we’ve since filled with heavy-duty shelving to hold our everyday items. Because of this, we didn’t need to load up room closets Sleep in extra items like extra bedding, out-of-season clothing, and office supplies.We’re also child-free, which helps keep our collection of household items well under control.

For all these reasons, I was able to dedicate both of them Of the closets in the two spare bedrooms for our two cats. I moved their litter boxes into these closets to give them plenty of options to go about their business (at the time I filmed this story, we had Marlo the cat, and Jenny was still with us — you can read her farewell announcement here ). However, as you may be able to see in the pictures above that we were dealing with a lot of wasted empty space. It worked, but we didn’t maximize the potential, and it wasn’t nice to look at either. Since the doors have to stay open for the cats to use the space, I really wanted to make the cabinets look a little (read: a a lot)More appeal.

From the unused closet to the cat litter roomFrom the unused closet to the cat litter roomFrom the unused closet to the cat litter roomFrom the unused closet to the cat litter room

The first thing I did was paint the inside of the cabinet. I’ve learned over the years that a poppy paint color can have a profound impact on the look of a small space, like a closet. I chose a paint color that we already had in stock (now discontinued but very similar to Sherwin Williams “Hazel”), and draw it on the entire interior surface of the cabinet. This type of color technique works like a rug when creating zones in a space. The bolder blue color sets the closet apart from the rest of the beige guest room, making it look like a separate small room within the room.

To make the most of the wasted space between the bottom of the closet floor and the large shelf above, I installed Small wall shelf Which we are now full of Airtight containers Hold pet treats, too Small hook rack To organize brushes and other hangable odds and ends. I could have installed another layer (or two!) of full-length, full-depth shelves, but I like to have room to actually move. inside The cupboard when you scoop from it Our top entry litter boxes. Adding more chunky shelves would have made it difficult for me to do this, so I added a small half-width shelf that would make better use of the wasted space, but that would still allow me full access to the interior closet space. .

From the unused closet to the cat litter roomFrom the unused closet to the cat litter room

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

Another must have for me is Waste basket. This is one Motion activationThis means I never have to touch the thing, which makes our routine healthier, like when I scoop up the trash or throw out wet, smelly pet food cans. To help fill the empty space above the trash can, I commented Black and white canvas art print. This finishes off the middle section of the closet that was previously wasted, and also adds some much-needed style because, like I said, we have to keep those doors open at all times. We might as well make it something we like to look at!

I had a lot of fun filling this top shelf Baskets And Carrying boxes In various sizes, shapes and colors. Again, this adds visual interest, but it was also the perfect place to store things like extra cans of pet food, excess toys that we don’t want our kitties to have access to all day, Cleaning equipmentWet wipes and dry food bags. I like to hide all of these things out of sight because they’re not the prettiest thing to look at. Did you notice? LED light bar I added under the large shelf?! It’s a fun way to light up this space, and it was very easy to install. I have plans to add another bar to the underside of our kitchen cabinets this fall.

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

resources: Large baskets, Smaller baskets, Motion sensor trash can, LED light strip kit, Letter box, Hook rack, Wall shelf, Airtight containers, Cleaning box, Canvas art, Paint color, Rug, Reusable spray bottle, Floor plant basket, Artificial flooring plant

Can I just say how lovely it is to see Jenny in the photo in today’s post…we miss her so much…but, anyway, it’s worth noting that I’m actually only sharing one of the photos two The cat closets I created during this week-long process! I painted both cabinets new colors, installed shelves and hooks in both spaces, and also added a storage basket throughout. I’m creating another unexpected layer for the second cabinet, which is why you don’t see that layer today. I can’t wait to share them, and I hope you stick around for the big reveal later this month.

Note: Watch this transformation come to life In video format On my Instagram account here!

From the unused closet to the cat litter room

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