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If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I absolutely adore my two cats, Edmund and Phil. Of course, that means we have lots of cat-related items in the house. Until recently, we always just kept cat food near the back door where it was accessible but not very organized, and other things like flea medicines just got stashed randomly on a shelf in the laundry room. We didn’t really have a great place to keep all of our cat supplies and food in one central location. As a bit of an organizational enthusiast, this lack of order really started to bother me, but I didn’t have any brilliant ideas about how to get it organized.
Both of our cats love 9Lives® cat food, and we always have a variety of 9Lives wet and dry food in our house. We’re big fans of anything related to 9Lives because they are dedicated to the health and happiness of cats everywhere. Why? Because 9Lives believes your cat deserves to be happy. Well, this year Morris the 9Lives cat is celebrating his 50th Adopt-i-versary! So in honor of Morris, I decided to create the perfect organizational solution to our problem out of an old cabinet. Using just a few inexpensive supplies, I was able to turn this…
But first, Morris has quite a story. He was discovered by an animal talent scout at the Humane Society in Hinsdale, Illinois, who immediately noticed his charming personality. At his audition, Morris was so charming that the art director declared him “the Clark Gable of cats”, and he soon became the spokescat for 9Lives, starring in over 50 commercials and even appearing in a film with Burt Reynolds. Despite his fame, Morris has always had a social conscience. He has spent much of his time visiting schools to promote kindness to animals, and he also launched Morris’ Million Cat Rescue to help find homes for animals in need. That’s worth celebrating, right? To see more about the story of Morris and his 50th Adopt-i-versary, check out this adorable video, or get to know his Cat Pack (yes, he’s that cool) in this article.
Today I’ll show you how to make your very own DIY cat supply cabinet that will give you one place to keep all your cat food, flea medicines, brushes, and everything else feline-related. Plus, it will look nice enough to make Morris proud!
Let’s get started! You’ll need a few basic supplies:
- An old cabinet
- Paint in a color you love
- Chalkboard paint
- Paint brushes
- Painter’s tape
- Sandpaper (if needed)
- A container for dry food
- Small shelves, baskets, or bins to corral small supplies
First, remove any drawer pulls or knobs and put them in a safe place.
Next, you can sand your cabinet (if needed) and wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime. Then it’s time to get painting! Paint all surfaces that will be your main color, being careful to catch any drips before they dry.
When the first coat is dry, add a second coat if necessary. When all coats are completely dry and no longer sticky, you can tape around the areas that you want to paint with a chalkboard surface.
Chalkboard paint can be tricky to use, so be sure to read all instructions carefully. Following the directions, paint your chalkboard surfaces with 2-3 coats, allowing paint to dry between applications. To create the smoothest writing surface possible, start in the center with a liberal amount of paint and try to overlap all brush marks. It should now look something like this:
Now the paint needs to cure. This means you simply leave it alone for three days. Three WHOLE days. That may seem like a long time to wait, but if you rush it the surface won’t be as smooth for writing on. After it has cured, it’s time to prepare the surfaces with chalk. Lay a piece of white chalk on its side and rub over the entire chalkboard surface.
After a few seconds, erase this layer of chalk and you can start writing on your chalkboard surfaces!
Reinstall any hardware you removed from the cabinet.
Now it’s time to start organizing all your cat food and supplies. A cereal container makes the perfect place for storing dry food, and it fits just right. I also picked up a handy 3-tier pantry organizer at Dollar General to keep our wet food organized so that we can easily see all the flavors we have at a glance.
While I was there I also spotted these colorful trays that are perfect for holding flea meds, collars, etc. in the top portion of my cabinet.
After getting everything situated, I’m so happy with the way our new cat supply cabinet turned out. Now all of our feline-related supplies are organized and in one place, and we won’t forget any important information regarding our cats!
Every time I go to Dollar General for 9Lives cat food, I can stock up on all of Edmund and Phil’s favorite varieties and have an organized place to keep them all. Right now you can save even more on dry food at Dollar General with this coupon.
And if your cats are like mine and enjoy a variety of flavors, get this one for extra savings on wet food varieties like 9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna, Hearty Cuts Beef and Chicken in Gravy, and Super Supper.
Hopefully you’re feeling inspired to make your own DIY cat supply cabinet. Leave us a picture in the comments if you do–we love cat-centric projects! And be sure to visit 9Lives on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest happenings with Morris.