Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hidden Kitty Litter Side Table {Guest Contributor}

hidden kitty litter side table created by Two Delighted |
This post was written by Megan of Two Delighted, contributor for Brooklyn Limestone.ContributorBannerTwoDelighted

Hello friends! It’s Colleen again and I’m here with a DIY for the cat lovers. We adopted the sweetest kitten this winter and we love everything about him, except the fact that our litter box quota has increased exponentially from one (for our older cat) to four (to make sure the kitten doesn’t urinate all over the house). Litter boxes are unattractive and smelly. It is just a fact. The one we have downstairs has been offending my eyeballs for months and I finally decided that I would make an attractive litter box holder to remedy the problem. I was originally going to buy a cheap furniture item from Ikea but then my husband and I stumbled upon the perfect open table/cabinet thing at Restore and I felt like I won the lottery. With some paint and a couple of cat necessities, it has now become a lovely side table as well as a place to hide the litter box.

What You’ll Need:
  • Cabinet or chest that you don’t mind messing up. If you can’t find anything used, Ikea has some cabinets that would work.
  • Paint - I used white oil based paint to make the white portion of the furniture nice and glossy but you can use whatever you want. 
  • Litter box that will fit inside of your cabinet - make sure the kitties have enough room for their little heads.
  • Plastic litter box mat
  • Plastic drop cloth
hidden kitty litter side table created by Two Delighted |
hidden kitty litter side table created by Two Delighted |

What You’ll Do:
  1. Paint the table with whichever paint you choose. Or don’t paint it. Completely up to you.
  2. Remove any hardware that will be getting in the way on the inside of the cabinet. I was lucky and was able to just take off the doors to have a hole for the cats to enter, but you might need to cut and sand a hole if your furniture doesn’t have doors. Place the mat at the bottom of the cabinet and line the inside of the cabinet with plastic drop cloth (securing either with staples or nails at the very top) so it is soft for their paws. Once we put the litter box in, it took the cats a little while to start using it. After a couple of days, I’m happy to report that both cats have seemed to like their new litter box. Yay for small victories. 
hidden kitty litter side table created by Two Delighted |
hidden kitty litter side table created by Two Delighted |

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured on Ana White : Farmer's Market Stand Plans

I'm so excited today because my little DIY farmers market stand is now immortalized with very fancy looking build plans thanks to the lovely Ana White.  The project was featured on her site this week and I couldn't be happier to be in such amazing company. Hope this is helpful for those of you who were asking for specific measurements or needed help with visualizing some of the details.

Farmers Market Garden Stand DIYwm | (7 of 9)

I'm sure you are already familiar with the amazing resource Ana White for great DIY furniture plans so its a treat to have anything I dreamed up included in the catalog.  Thanks for the love Ana!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Problem with Pallets No One Told Me

In a somewhat round about way, I came be in possession of a few rickety wooden pallets.  Pinterest has one zillion DIY pallet projects that all appear to be fairly straight forward.  I feel fairly comfortable with power tools.  What's the problem?


Well, the problem is that in order to tear the pallet apart,  I'd need to employ Joe Manganiello, all the Duggar children, and the Incredible Hulk!  Even still, the probability of getting a single board free if damage is 0.00! Those boards are on there with multiple bent nails that just DO NOT WANT TO COME OFF!  AND each board is affixed at three different points.  When, by some miracle, I was able to wrestle a single point free, the darn thing would split somewhere else.  In other words, free lumber ain't free.

So there you have it. The problem with pinterest pallet projects.  Perhaps this is mentioned elsewhere and I've just missed it?  I know I've seen the mention of there being "some effort" involved in getting them apart but there always seemed to be more attention to paid to the conversation about where to find them or to make sure they were chemical free.  At no point did I remember reading about how I'd be kneeling in my front yard sweating like an animal and wrestling with an unreasonable chunk of wood! You've heard it here first folks!

Or perhaps I just got saddled with the meanest pallets in all the land?  Either way, I figured it was worth a mention for those you out there thinking of starting your own pallet projects. I know many of you have used pallets in your own projects - what have our experiences been?

All that said, I just can't bring myself to just chuck it either.  This one looks so pretty just waiting to be put to good use so I MUST find something to do with it.  I just can't quite think of anything practical for me that allows me to keep it intact and/or go at it with a saw so that sawing off all the nails isn't a deal breaker (keep in mind this one has a center support). What do you think?
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