DIY kitty storage cupboard

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

I drag myself out of bed, into the kitchen to flick the kettle on, then head downstairs to freshen up and fix my morning hair. As I emerge back into the kitchen at the sound of the kettle clicking to signify being ready to produce my much-needed coffee. There it is out the corner of my eye, it's still in my house. WHY?? I had gone to bed many nights hoping that it will disappear in the middle of the night. What am I talking about you ask?

The ugliest piece of furniture you have ever seen. It's outdated, worn and it's taking up space in our house. I tried getting rid of it, even offered it for FREE and no one will take it. I thought to myself, maybe I shouldn't have included a picture. Was I to be stuck with this ugly cupboard forever? Then it hit me, I was constantly picking up cat toys, we had boxes of cat food sachets taking up bench space and cat medications taking up drawer space. Why not make it into a storage space for the cat's things. So that's it, I had decided to repurpose this ugly thing into something beautiful.

For some strange reason, my cats like this cupboard so it only seemed the right thing to do since I was never going to get rid of it. After a quick look through the hallway cupboard, I found a few tins of paint that had never been opened. I opened a few of the tins, there were yellows, blue and an amazing aubergine colour. The walls in the kitchen is already a creamy yellow and we wanted something that stood out, became a feature piece in our house so aubergine it is.

The first thing I did was to pull the cupboard apart, luckily this cupboard is three parts that lock together so it was easy to pull it apart. Then I had to put down newspaper to protect the floors and I also taped some newspaper to the walls behind the cupboard so that when I painted the cupboard sections I wouldn't get any paint on the walls.

Before painting, I sanded down the sections to get rid of any flaking varnish, old stain, and any imperfections that might be shown in the paintwork. After sanding I wiped it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust left over from sanding. Once the cupboard sections were clean, it's ready to paint, so that night I painted on the first coat on all the sections. At first, the colour looked very bright, when dried it was amazing.

I applied a second coat the next day, once that dried I moved the sections back into the kitchen. I love it! the colour looks amazing against the colour of the walls, it is totally me, and coincidentally it was almost identical in colour to the Whiskas boxes. I dotted the sides with some cat paw stamps up the sides and across the top to give it that cute little touch it was missing.

I kept the top and bottom sections separate so that I could use the cupboard as two separate pieces of furniture we don't have a lot of cupboard space so I made the Bottom section for storage of cups, plates, pots and pans. The top section I filled with all the cat's things. It works great for storage and the cat food bowls sit on the bottom shelf at the perfect height for our cats. Now I don't have to go rummaging through drawers to find any cat stuff and I have more bench space, everything is all in one place.

There you have it, I turned an ugly cupboard into beautiful, very functional storage. If you want to do something like this it can be easy, fun and quite rewarding but also not very expensive. If you don't have paint, you may have to buy some so that is the most expensive thing you will need but I suggest you ask around, someone may have some leftover paint they are happy to give away.

All you need is:

A piece of furniture to give a makeover

Newspaper or something to line the floor/walls




Stamps/stencils (If desired)

Have you given a piece of furniture a much-needed makeover? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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