Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover

I don’t know if you all are as plagued by litter box issues as I am, but I think I’ve finally found my heaven sent solution! I love my fur child Thomas like an actual pageant Mom, but I’ll be darned if he’s going to ruin our brand new wood floors and rugs with his spiteful litter box tendencies after all of this renovation madness. Plus nothing ruins a well-decorated room quicker than a dirty bathroom box, if you will.

A TON of you were asking about our Litter Robot after I shared it on stories a little while ago, so here’s my quick summary — it is AMAZING. I know a few of you mentioned the price tag on it and I can absolutely relate, but literally, I would pay any amount of money for it.

It’s the only box that our cats use without fail. Thomas is so freaking particular about having an immaculately clean space that if we don’t scoop every day or multiple times a day, he’ll spitefully go outside of the box. Let me just tell you that is my worst nightmare, especially after installing new floors with a far heftier price tag than a litter box. We haven’t had a single out-of-the-box issue since we got them (we’ve been using two on different floors of the house).

Since it’s my new best friend, I decided to dress it up with a patterned DIY litter box cover that fits our design style. I was being stubborn and thought I could make a less expensive, more modern version their unfinished wood cabinet, but in hindsight, it’s worth it to just buy the premade version and do the DIY pattern on it yourself. Trust me on this, haha!

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In case the Litter Robot cabinet doesn’t work for your box, here’s a simplified way to make your own litter box cover…

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

A nice grade of plywood cut down to one piece that’s 29in x 26in, and two pieces that are 29x29in (Lowe’s will cut this down for you for free!)

Wood screws 1 1/2 inch long

4 metal “L” brackets

1/2 inch painters tape

3 Foam brushes

Stain in two colors of your choice

Fine sandpaper

Paint in the accent color of your choice for the lines

Ruler

Pencil

Drill

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

If you’re buying the premade cabinet, all you’ll have to do is create the pattern. If you’re creating your own cover from plywood, you’ll need to make sure to sand all of the edges and flat surfaces of the boards.

The 29×26 inch piece of wood is going to be the top, which I chose to stain a solid color. For the sides, you’ll use a pencil and ruler to draw your pattern on.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Now tape off your pattern, and using a very dry foam brush with a little stain, brush the stain onto the pattern in alternating colors. If you use too much stain at a time, the oils will really bleed into each other. Be sure to do multiple thin coats instead.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Once the stain is dry, remove the painter’s tape and retape the opposite edges to paint the accent color of your choice. I ended up using multiple coats of white for a solid line finish.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Using wood screws and L brackets, drill the L brackets to the inside of all four corners of the finished cabinet pieces

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Now here’s to hoping Thomas keeps his spiteful habits at bay! So far, so good and I couldn’t be more thankful! Do you all have any litter box tips and tricks that you live by?

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover

I don’t know if you all are as plagued by litter box issues as I am, but I think I’ve finally found my heaven sent solution! I love my fur child Thomas like an actual pageant Mom, but I’ll be darned if he’s going to ruin our brand new wood floors and rugs with his spiteful litter box tendencies after all of this renovation madness. Plus nothing ruins a well-decorated room quicker than a dirty bathroom box, if you will.

A TON of you were asking about our Litter Robot after I shared it on stories a little while ago, so here’s my quick summary — it is AMAZING. I know a few of you mentioned the price tag on it and I can absolutely relate, but literally, I would pay any amount of money for it.

It’s the only box that our cats use without fail. Thomas is so freaking particular about having an immaculately clean space that if we don’t scoop every day or multiple times a day, he’ll spitefully go outside of the box. Let me just tell you that is my worst nightmare, especially after installing new floors with a far heftier price tag than a litter box. We haven’t had a single out-of-the-box issue since we got them (we’ve been using two on different floors of the house).

Since it’s my new best friend, I decided to dress it up with a patterned DIY litter box cover that fits our design style. I was being stubborn and thought I could make a less expensive, more modern version their unfinished wood cabinet, but in hindsight, it’s worth it to just buy the premade version and do the DIY pattern on it yourself. Trust me on this, haha!

MY LATEST VIDEOS

In case the Litter Robot cabinet doesn’t work for your box, here’s a simplified way to make your own litter box cover…

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

A nice grade of plywood cut down to one piece that’s 29in x 26in, and two pieces that are 29x29in (Lowe’s will cut this down for you for free!)

Wood screws 1 1/2 inch long

4 metal “L” brackets

1/2 inch painters tape

3 Foam brushes

Stain in two colors of your choice

Fine sandpaper

Paint in the accent color of your choice for the lines

Ruler

Pencil

Drill

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

If you’re buying the premade cabinet, all you’ll have to do is create the pattern. If you’re creating your own cover from plywood, you’ll need to make sure to sand all of the edges and flat surfaces of the boards.

The 29×26 inch piece of wood is going to be the top, which I chose to stain a solid color. For the sides, you’ll use a pencil and ruler to draw your pattern on.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Now tape off your pattern, and using a very dry foam brush with a little stain, brush the stain onto the pattern in alternating colors. If you use too much stain at a time, the oils will really bleed into each other. Be sure to do multiple thin coats instead.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Once the stain is dry, remove the painter’s tape and retape the opposite edges to paint the accent color of your choice. I ended up using multiple coats of white for a solid line finish.

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Using wood screws and L brackets, drill the L brackets to the inside of all four corners of the finished cabinet pieces

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Patterned DIY Litter Box Cover by Top Houston Blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Now here’s to hoping Thomas keeps his spiteful habits at bay! So far, so good and I couldn’t be more thankful! Do you all have any litter box tips and tricks that you live by?

Comments

  • Valeriya

    10.31.17

    I made a DIY cat house last year over our regular litter box. My babes refused to use it. Granted, they have an option to go outside so they can cheat, but the idea that there was something around their litter box was disbelieving. I think this robot would make matters even worse! At least someone is modern enough to understand simplicity is not always best. Super cute!

    • no kidding! it’s hard to make litter boxes appealing! haha

  • pictaram

    01.15.18

    That litter robot is so cool!! Gonna make this litter box cover for my cat. I’m thinking about decorating the litter box cover with some string lights :) Thank you for the tutorial!

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