Hiding a cat litter box in the bathroom
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Q: I plan to update my small bathroom and am trying to figure out how to hide the cat litter box. I thought of storing it under the sink. However, I am having problems finding a sink and base that would enable a litter box to be stored underneath. Any suggestions?
A: There are several ways to hide a cat box under a sink. Search "cat box" on the Ikea Hacker blog (http:/
The Refined Feline (http:/
Another idea: Have a woodworker friend or a cabinet shop swap out a cabinet's standard door for a pair of custom, partial-height doors, similar to the ones that used to swing under many vintage kitchen sinks. The doors could curve to create an opening at the bottom for the cat but still meet at the top to hide plumbing under the sink. The Craftsmen Group in Northwest (202-332-3700, http:/
Whatever your approach, make sure the interior is easy to clean. You might want to cover the floor with high-pressure laminate, a countertop material. It stands up to scrubbing much better than melamine, the coating typically used on cabinet interiors. A cabinet shop or a store that sells laminate might have a scrap you can buy for next to nothing.
In response to a recent question about repairing pink bathroom tiles (Jan. 14), a reader in Riverdale Park writes: "Just read your suggestion that a reader use a model painting kit to mix paint to the right color. . . . Anytime I have to repair something in the pink to red range, I look for nail polish. It comes in lots of colors and is relatively inexpensive."
A McLean reader shares his experience with DIY floor sanding (Dec. 10): "Reading the recent letter about floor sanding revived some memories from 30 years ago, when my wife and I purchased our first home. The floor was beautiful but in horrible condition. After a lot of discussion, and while the house was still empty, we decided to rent a professional sander and do it ourselves.
"The sanding and cleaning took less than a weekend, and we spent a couple of days on the finish. The sander did leave a few waves in the wood since this was the first and only time I used that kind of powerful machine. But after one coat of clear varnish and three coats of polyurethane, the floor was more than acceptable. The total cost was less than $150 (in 1980), and the time spent four days.
"Would I do it again? Certainly, given the same conditions."
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