“A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.” – Mark Twain
We have a cat, her name is Wednesday. She is beautiful beyond words, fast, (too) smart, comes when you call her and mean as hell. I mean it, she is mean. So what would do for a gorgeous mean woman? That’s right, you spoil her to death.
Alright, no more cat photos…for now.
SO the hubsters and I wanted to get a cat tree for her, however they are mostly an eyesore, expensive and bulky. We just couldn’t find one that we wanted and decided to try making one. We went through a ton of designs online and they were all pretty much what we didn’t want. One day last week we were taking a lunchtime stroll and found a pile of pallets on the side of the road and it gave me an idea. A friend was holding on to pallets for us for a different project that we scrapped and I started to envision a cat “tree” from pallets.
I drew my design (compliments of Paul, my Godfather, providing that engineering gene) and gave it to Vlad for inspection. He altered it accordingly and said it was 100% doable. So we went to work.
Okay so Vlad did all of the work. He did all of the sawing, drilling and measuring (not in that order). I held the light at night and made dinner. I take that back, I drilled one screw and gave lots of instruction, even when it wasn’t asked for. Until Vlad put on his head lamp (also compliments of Paul) that pretty much left me with “drilled one screw”. OH! and I complained and made him stop drilling to kill spiders.
Once it came together it was time to stain. We chose an espresso stain that ended up being darker in some areas than others but what the heck, it’s made of reclaimed pallets let it be “rustic”. $11 for the stain from Home Depot.
100 points to Gryffindor if you find my little cone headed dog, Elvis. I know my little patch of grass has turned to dirt but we are getting ready to rip it all up and redo our backyard, please don’t judge me 🙂
Sorry….back to business….
So it was built and stained but she loves to scratch (what good minion of Satan doesn’t?) so we added some ropes with a hot glue gun and a staple gun. Originally we planned on using the standard Sisal rope but Vlad found Manila rope (a more complimentary color for the project and not as course) which was slightly more expensive but we decided to splurge. $11 for the Manila rope at Home Depot I would have more pictures of the “working/building” part but we did this at night and as you can see by the “working vlad” shot, pics weren’t in the cards.
So this leaves us with:
We added blankets to all of her little stoups and she sits on top and peers into the kitchen to watch me cook. It’s creepy but she is one happy (bitey) love muffin.
This entire project cost us $22. Disclaimer: The pallets were free from a friend and we already had the tools and someone who knew how to use them. So if you have pallets, screws, tools and a handyperson this should only cost about $22 which is a far cry from $156.00.
(I added the disclaimer because I HATE with a passion the DIY type shows or Pinterest pins that advertise projects like “build a house for $9.00!” or “Bathroom made entirely from gold bars for only $2.00” and then when you click on them it’s like “go to your garage and get those old dusty gold bars that you have laying around and purchase $2.00 worth of crazy glue. Stack and let dry. There you have it!” Yes, I could make a million things for $10 if I had a garage full of gifted free vintage window sills/1920’s barn doors/1950’s coke bottles…alas I don’t. I did have free pallets though.)