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DIY Kitty Litter Cabinet Hides UGLY Litter Box

November 1, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates

I bet you think your kitty is cute, but that kitty litter box is ugly, right? Then I have the purrrfect project for you! Today’s DIY project hides an UGLY litter box with an attractive kitty litter cabinet. It features plenty of space to hide a litter box and a “restroom entrance”, complete with welcoming curtains just for kitties! Let me show you how to make your own kitty litter cabinet.

Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a DIY kitty litter cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!

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A few weeks ago I shared an idea to hide your air conditioner in the off season and today I’m adding to the growing list of DIY pet projects and sharing a way for you to hide your cat’s litter box.

You’ll probably notice I didn’t use my new photo backdrop for these pics. That’s because we’re hopping in the “wayback machine” and going back in time for this furniture project. I built this DIY kitty litter cabinet several years before I started Saws on Skates. I was reminded about it when I found the pics on my old laptop and thought I have to share this with you guys!

Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a DIY kitty litter cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!

The kitty litter cabinet actually started life as a butcher block kitchen island. My friend Linda bought the island for her kitchen from a friend. Linda’s kitchen is small and the island was more like a continent in her tiny kitchen!

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I had an idea for the island. A brilliant idea if I do say so myself. I would build a frame, repurpose the legs and butcher block top to create a cabinet. But not just any storage cabinet. A problem solving cabinet with a surprise.

Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a DIY kitty litter cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!

The surprise was this cabinet would hide a kitty litter box! Up top, the cabinet would feature three drawers for storage. Below the drawers, two doors would open to reveal the litter box and storage for extra litter.

Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a DIY kitty litter cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!

An attractive entrance complete with curtains greets the kitties on their trip to the lavatory. And yes, I sewed the curtains myself! I’m an amateur sewer, but I’ll do my best to explain how to make the curtains.

Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!

Kitty Litter Cabinet Plan

Printed Plan
Click here to download a PDF of the Kitty Litter Cabinet Plan

Supplies
(2) 1x2x8
(11) 1x3x8
(1) 1x4x8
(2) 1x6x8
(3) 5/4 1×3
(3) 2x4x8
1/8″ hardboard – 2×4
1/4″ plywood – 4×8
3/4″ plywood – 2×4
3/4″ brad nails
1-1/4″ pocket screws
1-1/4″ wood screws
2″ wood screws
2-1/2″ pocket screws
1-1/4″ finish nails
Wood Glue
5 knobs
4 hinges
Tension Rod

Tools
Stanley FatMax Tape Measure
Miter Saw
Table saw
Kreg Jig
DEWALT Drill
Countersink drill bit

Step 1. Cut the Legs. The repurposed legs measured 2-1/2″ x  2-1/2″. If you don’t have legs or can’t find legs in this dimension, you can make your own square legs using 5/4 wood. Cut 8 pieces of 1×3 5/4 to 34-5/8″. Take 2 pieces, apply glue and clamp together. Repeat for the remaining pieces to form 4 legs.

Step 2. Cut the Front and Back Stiles. Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 to 28-7/8″.

Step 3. Cut the Front and Back Rails. Cut 6 pieces of 1×3 to 31-1/2″. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails.

Step 4. Cut the Drawer Dividers. Cut 6 pieces of 1×3 to 5-1/8″. 4 pieces will be used as drawer dividers and 2 will be used as “spacers” to properly align the drawer opening.

Step 5. Assemble the Front and Back. Apply glue to the top and bottom rails, clamp to the stiles and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Clamp the 2 spacers from Step 4 to the inside top of the stiles. Do not attach. Apply glue to the middle rail, place below the spacer pieces, clamp in position and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Remove the spacer pieces.

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Cut 2 pieces of scrap to 10″, clamp to the underside of the top rail and the upperside of the middle rail. Do not attach.  Apply glue to a drawer divider, place against the scrap and clamp in position. Drill counter sink holes in the top and middle rail and attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws. Repeat for the second drawer divider.

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Step 6. Cut and Assemble the Side Sub Frame. Cut 2 pieces of 1×2 to 27-3/8″ for the stiles. Cut 1 piece of 1×3 and 1 piece of 1×4 to 9-3/4″ for the rails. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails. Apply glue to the rails, clamp to the stiles and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood to 12-3/4″ x 27-3/8″. Apply glue to the panel, clamp to the sub frame and attach using 3/4″ brad nails.

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Step 7. Cut the Side Frame Pieces. Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 to 28-7/8″ for the stiles. Cut 5 pieces of 1×3 to 12-3/4″ for the rails. Drill pocket holes in the end of the each rail.

Step 8. Attach the Frame to the Sub Frame. Apply glue to 2 rails, position on the top and bottom of the sub frame, place a frame stile on each side of the sub frame and clamp in position. Note: the outside of the sub frame is flush with the face of the frame. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Drill countersink holes around the edge of the frame to attach the sub frame. Attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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Step 9. Assemble the Kitty Litter Entrance Frame. Apply glue to the frame rails, clamp to the stiles and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Cut 1 piece of 1×6 to 12-3/4″ and rip to 5-1/4″. Place the frame face down on your workbench, place the 5-1/4″ x 12-3/4″ panel at the top of the frame, apply glue to the last rail, place below the panel and clamp in position. Attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Gently push the panel inward, so it’s recessed 1/4″ from the front of the panel. Drill countersink holes around the edge of the frame to attach the panel. Attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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Step 10. Assemble the Carcass. Clamp the Front assembly to 2 legs. Drill countersink holes on the inside of the frame and attach using 1-1/4″ screws.

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On the right side, position the solid side frame, the third leg and clamp. Drill countersink holes around the inside edge of the frame to attach the panel to the legs. Attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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On the left side, position the kitty litter entrance frame, the fourth leg and clamp. Drill countersink holes around the inside edge of the frame to attach the panel to the legs. Attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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The back frame is set in 1/4″ from the edge of the back legs. Clamp in position. Drill countersink holes around the inside edge of the frame to attach the panel. Attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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Step 11. Cut and Install the Skirts. Cut 1 piece of 1×3 to 33″ and cut 2 pieces of 1×3 to 14-1/4″. Drill pocket holes in each end. Also drill a few pocket holes on one edge. The skirts are set in 1/4″ from the edge of the legs. Apply glue to the 33″ skirt, clamp in the front and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Apply glue to the 14-1/4″ skirts, clamp to the sides and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Step 12. Cut and Install the Bottom. Cut 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood to 14″ x 33″. Drill pocket holes around the edge. Place bottom in position and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Step 13. Cut and Install the Back Panel. Cut a 1/4″ piece of plywood to 33″ x 31-3/8″. Place on the back in position and attach using 3/4″ brad nails.

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Step 14. Cut and Install the Drawer Supports. Cut 2 pieces of 1×3 to 14″ and cut 2 pieces of 1×5 to 14″. Drill pocket holes in the end of each piece. Apply glue to the ends of each 1×3 drawer support, position at the end of each frame and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Measure 5-5/8″ from each 1×3 drawer support, apply glue to the ends of each 1×5 drawer support, and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Step 15. Cut and Install the Drawer Guides. Cut 6 pieces of 1×2 to 18-1/4″. Position on top of the drawer supports, flush against the back and attach using 1-1/4″ finish nails.

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Step 16. Make the Drawers. Cut 6 pieces of 1×6 to 18-1/4″ and rip to 4-7/8″. Cut 6 pieces of 1×6 to 7″, rip to 4-7/8″ and drill pocket holes in each end. Apply glue to the ends of two 7″ pieces, clamp to two 18-1/4″ pieces and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Repeat for the remaining pieces.

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Step 17. Cut and Install the Drawer Bottoms. Cut 3 pieces of 1/8″ hardboard to  8-1/2″ X 18-1/4″. Apply glue to the bottom of a drawer, position a bottom and attach using 3/4″ brad nails. Repeat for the remaining drawers.

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Step 18. Cut and Install the Drawer Fronts. Cut 3 pieces of 1×6 to 9-3/4″ and drill a hole in the center. Place the drawer in the opening of the cabinet, place the drawer front on the drawer, so there is equal spacing between the drawer front and the drawer opening. Drill a hole through the hole in the drawer front into the drawer. Attach the knob to hold the drawer front to the drawer. From inside the drawer attach drawer to the drawer front using 1-1/4″ wood screws. Repeat for the remaining drawers.

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Step 19. Make the Doors. Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 to 21-1/4″ to form the stiles. Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 to 10-9/16″ to form the rails. Drill pocket holes in each end of the rails. Apply glue to the ends of two rails, clamp to two rails and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Repeat for the other door.

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Step 20. Cut and Install the Door Panels. Cut 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood to 15-9/16″ x 21-1/4″. Apply glue to the back of the door, place door panel and attach using 3/4″ brad nails. Note: Instead of wood panels, I installed glass in my doors. I used a straight cutting router bit to form a rabbet. The glass sits in the rabbet and is held in place with glass clips.

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Step 21. Make the Top. For my cabinet I repurposed the butcher block top from the original piece. Here’s how you can make a top if you don’t have a butcher block. Cut 6 pieces of 2×4 to 40″ and rip to 3-3/8″. Set your Kreg jig to drill into 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in the pieces to join them to form a solid top. Apply glue to the edges, clamp and attach using 2-1/2″ pocket screws.

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Step 22. Attach the Top. Place the top on the cabinet, so the back is flush with the back of the cabinet and centered side to side. Attach the top through the cabinet frame using 2″ wood screws.

Step 23. Sand, Prime and Paint. Sand the piece using 120 grit sandpaper, apply a quality primer and paint using the color of your choice.

Make the Kitty Litter Entrance Curtains
I’m going to warn you guys up front… I’m by no means a sewer! I’ll do my best to explain how I made the curtains 🙂 Cut two pieces of fabric to 7-1/2″ x 23-5/8″. On each of the long sides, fold over 1/2″ and stitch along the edge. On one end of each piece, fold over a 1/2″ and stitch. On the remaining end, fold over an 1″ and stitch a 1/4″ from the cut edge, then stitch a 1/4″ from the folded edge. This will form a pocket for the tension rod. For the tiebacks, fold some remaining material, wrap around curtains and hold in place with push pins. Install the curtains with a tension rod.

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Kitties are cute, but kitty litter boxes are UGLY! This tutorial shows how to make a DIY kitty litter cabinet that hides a litter box and has extra storage for litter. Plus it's attractive enough to display in a kitchen or dining room!


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4 thoughts on “DIY Kitty Litter Cabinet Hides UGLY Litter Box

  1. Shelly says:

    Clever clever clever!

  2. Velma Pruitt says:

    Great job……

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