Hidey Cat Cubby Crate

I’ve spoken about our sweet cat, Kitty, when we did our first Benefit for Sheltered Animals tour.  He’s the sweetest boy, with the manners of an Emily Post graduate…except when it comes to dinners in our house where fish is involved.

Whenever we cook a fish/ seafood combo (we have to do both because Ken only like seafood and I fish), Kitty will sit near the table and beg for table scraps.  Actually he kind of paces, purrs and whines, but you get the point.  


Now while our basement overhaul has been going on, Kitty has been minus a cat tree.  Actually it broke right before the basement project started, so we waiting until not to get a new one.

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The old one used to go up to the ceiling.  The new one is a bit shorter.  So first on our list was to make a cat cubby that would boost up the cat tree…and cover the ugly water pipe thingy.


We had a bunch of scrap wood from the basement walls, so we decided on a cat cubby crate.

I didn’t do a tutorial on this because it was a Ken project, but the basic steps were as follows:

A crate was constructed with the salvaged plywood and 2×2’s.  A cubby hole cut out for Kitty to enter and a slot was cut in the back side to cover the less than pretty water pipes thingy.


Once complete, I added some diy rust stain, and then did a wax paper transfer following a tutorial from The Art of Doing Things, using a fish image from the Graphics Fairy.  I also added a few word graphics that I made myself with the restaurant names from our trip to New England.  For the last step, I sprayed it with a matte acrylic coat.


(I know it looks like it’s not close enough to the window, but he can see out enough to be dangerous.  His other love, besides fish and seafood is other felines, and he gets his share of visitors.)

Now kitty can climb up and look outside from the basement window.  We have the crate positioned over the water pipes, but the whole contraption is still close enough to the window that kitty can see out.



A remnant piece of carpeting was placed inside the cubby and it will be a place for Kitty to scurry off to when we have guests over, because unfortunately, our little furball is a scaredy cat who becomes a hidey cat whenever someone other than us enters our home.

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It’s probably going to take Kitty a while to warm up to his new hangout.

I think he’s still a little mad at us that we took away his old one…

Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy



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7 Responses to Hidey Cat Cubby Crate

  1. sharleen January 22, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    love the cat post Amy. <3

  2. laurie January 22, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    Great job on the Cubby Crate…he’ll warm up to it and love it! Kitty is a beautiful cat…does he have two different colored eyes?

  3. Bliss January 22, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    My newly cat owning daughter and I were just talking about something for her pet that involves a crate style. Now I know what graphic to put on it, purrrrrfect.

  4. Feral Turtle January 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I love this and I don’t even have a cat. After Teddy passed, we never got another, but he would have loved this! Amazing way to hide the pipes. I love your ingenuity!

  5. Sherry January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Cats… ours is so spoiled. She would love something like this! Great job Amy and Ken!

  6. Danni@SiloHillFarm January 25, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    Oh I wish Sam wasn’t allergic to cats! What a fabulous project and a great offer on the DIY ebooks too!


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