_This trunk and I have been through a lot together. I got it as a gift, a raggedy find that my aunt had purchased at a thrift store. I was about to move away for college, and it was the perfect piece for storage and as an extra seat. I slapped some paint on it and got creative. It's moved everywhere I have moved, but living in Arcata for a decade was hard on it. It got water and mold damage -- not good for blanket storage, so I decided to turn it into a spot for the litter box.
The opening is a bit rough, but it's away from the door and wide enough for the cats, so it works for me. Basically, I drilled a large hole for each of the bottom corners then used a sawzall to cut across the bottom and from the top, down the sides. Easy peasy. I didn't worry about leaving a top for the hole, as the lid to the trunk created that for me. Then I did a quick sanding to the edges so the kitties wouldn't get any splinters.
The cats now have a safe, enclosed place to do their business that also has enough extra room for litter and scoop storage. The best part is, the litter box is no longer an eye-sore.
Creating a fancy litter box meant that I no longer had a trunk in the living room. I loved having it there because it also acted as a table for reading material and as a window seat for gazing out, over the summit. I have been checking thrift stores and online for months, looking for something affordable but beautiful and hadn't found anything acceptable that was in my budget.
Then I happened to mention my failed quest to my grandma, and she had the very thing, nicer than any trunk that I had seen, hanging out in her upstairs bedroom. And she gave it to me for free!
So now the house has two trunks, both serving multiple purposes. One is beautiful, classing up our reading nook. The other is making our bedroom much, much nicer. It looks like a restful place and not just Cat Land, and when guests come over and glance in our bedroom, they won't be presented with an eyeful of litter box.
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