Mudroom Pt. 1 (The Closet)

I never thought I'd write a post mostly about our litter box, but it played a big part in our little mudroom makeover. We've always kept it in the closet with the door removed, as it's the only spot in the house for it to go. And it's always been a huge mess and pretty unsightly, too. But then I spotted the modkat box and it inspired me to make my own built-in version:

I like the actual modkat, but with two cats I wanted something a bit roomier (and cheaper). I went to our local Ikea and picked up a $3 frosted bin that happened to be the perfect fit for our closet, and Q built a platform above it with a 10 inch square opening for the cats to jump down inside the bin below.

We rested the platform on wood brackets that we attached to the wall, which allows us to lift (or even remove) the top if necessary. I painted everything the same color as the walls (Bakery Box White), and after living with the setup for about a month now, I am really happy with it (and so are the cats). It keeps the whole area neat & clean, and doesn't scream litter box when you walk into the room.

Above the box went all of our cleaning supplies (except the vacuum & mop), and Q installed a light way at the top of the closet ceiling that turns on with the main switch. It's amazing what a difference making over a small space can have on your everyday life, isn't it? Hopefully soon, we'll finish the other side of the room: the laundry & coat area.


Alicia Clinton said...

genius! i've seen that litter box before and couldn't believe how expensive it was...good for you for figuring out the same thing for a fraction of the cost! xo

Brooke said...

Genius is right! Well done girlie! Your cat is probably the proudest kitty on the block! Xo

jennifer little said...

This is absolutely genius! So smart. At one time we had two cats in our house too. The litter box is such a pain. I love this idea -- almost makes me want a cat again.. except Lucy found the perfect outdoor home at my parents in Georgia. PS. I continue to love your simple, sleek style.

Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please said...

How amazing! Our best solution to the litter box mess was just to let the cat outside :) He hardly ever uses his box anymore. I really love this though, pat yourself on the back for recreating that!

Claire Gibson King said...

Wow, we'll done. I love how you made your own modkat box! I need you to come over and rig that up for my 2 cats!!!

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