Find & Fix it Friday
On April First, I brought a surprise home to the family. Sam and I had been doing a walk through with one of our beautiful brides at a nearby ranch. The property was beyond gorgeous, but we were taken by the four litters of kittens frolicking around the house and barn. Calicos, tabbies, coons, and even Siamese, it was a kitty lovers dream!
Waaaayyyyy back in the day, Sean and I had our very first pet. He was a Siamese cat named Goose. He was so awesome, kind of like a dog in kitty form. He played nonstop and loved going on walks with us. He was our first baby. Even when we were on our honeymoon we missed his little sassy-pants! He delivered hours of snuggles and laughs….quite simply the coolest cat!
It broke my hubby’s heart when Goose passed away from cancer four years ago. There were tears, enough said. Ever sense, Sean has been hankering for another kitty, but we just had not taken the plunge. Enter this ramshackle little litter of Siamese kittens. Walking over to the barn, I freaked out when this itty bitty jumped down from some old wood pile leaning against the side of the barn and ran right up to my feet. My heart just melted! Scooping him up, I never let him go.
Introducing Cinder, our little tough stuff who follows you anywhere and will scale your pant leg to ride your shoulders if you do not watch out. It was so great watching the reactions from Sean and the kids when I brought him home. Our adopted baby was a sure fit!
Obviously, my infatuation with this little rag-a-muffin has started some DIY imagining. Who could resist making presents for this cutie patootie?
For a first project, I wanted to make Cinder a bed that was cozy, but friendly to the design of my house. I was not really feeling all the pastel, overstuffed cat beds at our local pet store and I knew that with a couple of materials, Cinder could have a rock star bed!
This project is crazy easy and requires very little by way of materials or expertise.
scrape piece of memory foam
scrape material (I chose some faux fur for added coziness)
thick branch, cut into four 5″ pieces
Making sure that all your branches/legs are the same length and maintain a nice level surface on the top and bottom, grab a drill and attach the “legs” to the bottom four corners of your old drawer.
Since I knew that my drawer would be lined with padding and fabric, I simply screwed the legs down from the top. I figured that I would never see the heads of the screws and it would keep things way more secure.
I personally love using branches for furniture legs. There is something so cool about the slight curves and twists of the branches that break up the very boxy and linear shape that some furniture can take.
For extra stability, I used two screws per branch. That way, things were more stable. That way, I did not have to worry about legs spinning and unscrewing.
Next step was to cut a piece from my memory foam scrap that would fit the drawer. Lol, you do not need to go this far, if you do not want to. Obviously, you could simply use a small pillow or some batting. I guess I was just looking to spoil Cinder!
Perfect fit! Now time for some furry fluff! You could easily use an old fur blanket from a thrift store, or just buy a small swatch at a fabric store.
Honestly, I am kinda freaking out about how dang cute this turned out!
Ahhh, my prince is now 5 months old…and looking so regal in his brand new bed! I was so stoked that he liked right away.
A purrrfect project for any cat-mama.
Photo Credit to: Anya McInroy