вторник, 28 февраля 2017 г.

DIY Cat Scratching Post That Literally Lasts for Years! - Dream a Little Bigger

DIY Cat Scratching Post That Literally Lasts for Years! - Dream a Little Bigger
DIY Cat Scratching Post That Literally Lasts for Years! - Dream a Little Bigger

Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

Here lately my kitties have been royally getting after things with their claws that they shouldn’t be and it has been ticking me off. They have especially been trying to get to the occasional chair I bought in my sleep last year .


Um, wait… in my sleep? Yep. When I get stressed or have other strong emotions getting down I will get my rear out of bed and do things like dig in the mud, hide other people’s car keys, put my muddy dog into my dad’s car and I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t had to clean mud stains out of the bottom of my sheets after waking up with said mud on my feet. But I am way off topic here.


Though I often live in my own world I did finally realize just how ratty they kitty’s scratching post had gotten. And when I realized that 4+ cats have been going to town on this thing for over 2.5 years I realized it was time to invest in $12 of rope and get this sucker prepared for the next 2.5 years!


Today I’m going to show you how I updated my post for a completely new look that matches my current decor scheme much better. Because I used supplies on hand with the exception of a $6 rug and $3 bottle of liquid dye (learn how to use the dye and give that rope some color here). In the end this cost me $21 but if I went with a more generic look I probably would have left

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that stuff as is and just replaced the rope. But I’m fickle and I change my mind often and I’m stubborn and I want what I want so I went ahead with the extra $9 expense.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

For this project you will need:



Optional elements:


  • Rug at least the width of the base + adhesive
  • Paint
  • Colored rope

Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

So here is the old sucker. Like I said before, for 4 cats getting after this thing for 2.5 years it isn’t all that bad. I’ve never reattached the rope when it would come away from the wood and that meant the sisal rope frayed a lot faster than it would have otherwise. I also used a whole bunch of shorter pieces of rope so there was plenty of places that could easily be torn away for an all new frayed rope end to start.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

When I was removing the rope from the old version of the cat scratching post, present day me was pretty ticked of with in the past me. I mean LOOK at all of those nails. What the heck was I thinking?!! Be sure to remove any nails you might have used to keep the rope on. Hopefully you were more sensible than me because it took forever to remove these things!


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

If you’re changing the look of the wood for the base get that done now.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

After a lot of looking I finally found a rug with a medallion smack dab in the middle of the design. I wanted this to equally surround the post itself. I think this way it helps to draw the eye in a bit more so the pretty rug can be appreciated.


In order to get things just right, measure out the center of the rug. If you need to be sure that it is centered with the patter on the other side (because it can get messed up) point at the dot you made on the back side and flip the rug over with your hand still beneath. Use your other hand to find and connect your fingers. Move the dot accordingly until your fingers match up. Go ahead and mark and trim all four sides of the rug to fit within the bottom of your post.


In the center of the rug you’ll need to cut a space for your post. Now the wood we used was a 4×4 but that’s not what you really get. A 4×4 post is actually a finished 3.5 x 3.5 post. Mark the 3.5×3.5 inch square in the center and trim the carpet and get after it with your craft knife.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

If you’ve already read the other post you may have noticed a difference. Instead of cutting a slit there is just the hole in the center. It turned out that slit was something the cats loved to mess with so it never laid flat after day one and that irked me. Instead with the hole just in the center I was able to pull it down over the post for a perfect fit!


Glue your carpet down with a strong glue. I used Liquid Fusion because it’s some strong business. Go around the edges of the carpet with a clear glue to seal the carpet fibers in and prevent the rug from unraveling at the cuts.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

Since the nails had really hacked me off I decided screw a bunch of them and went with my staple gun. Getting them into the wood and the rope and holding it down will a bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it you’re set. When you get a staple into both the wood and the rope it won’t be a tight fit. Use a hammer to smash that sucker down and really secure things.


Work all the way up to the top of the tree and you’re done! You can change colors as often as you’d like. I wanted 2 colors but I didn’t want it to be all up in your face so I went navy, natural, navy. Boom. I’m loving it.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

Marla is loving it too. I set up the thing waiting to see which cat would head on over first and Miss Thing came swooping right on in.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

And jumped on top and started scratching upside down. ‘Cause we’re all normal here. Even the petses.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

Now there are other tutorials that say it’s cool to use rope out of man-made fiber and I’ve been told that it isn’t by my vet. There are lots of pretty colors that you can use of the artificial stuff but I don’t think it is a good idea. Be sure to check out my post that will show you how to dye sisal rope to be used instead. It’s super easy and only adds the cost of the dye to the project. And it’s safe for kitty’s precious feet!


And remember to build the base you can check out the post from years ago here – Cat Scratching Post DIY. Total investment will run you about $35 dollars including dye if you fancy up your rope.


Store bought cat scratching posts suck. See how to make your own that will honestly last you years and save you money!

Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website


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воскресенье, 26 февраля 2017 г.

DIY Cat Potty Door

DIY Cat Potty Door
DIY Cat Potty Door

Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

Gross, right? I wish I was kidding, but unfortunately it’s all too real, and absolutely disgusting!


We have two cats, and two litter boxes, but the ‘problem box’ was the one in our master bathroom’s toilet closet. The reason this one was a problem is because we had to always leave that door open for the cats so they could get to and from the litter box and that open door policy was just the invitation the dogs’ needed to turn it into their own personal snack center…{{shudders}}


Being completely grossed out and concerned for our dogs’ health, I asked my husband if he could cut a “mouse hole” at the bottom of the door that was big enough for the cats to get in and out of the toilet closet but would prevent the dogs from getting to the box and eating their poo. Surprisingly…The idea came out better than expected, was super cheap to make, and was an easy solution to an annoying problem!


Here’s how we did it…


We first removed the door to the toilet closet off of the hinges and brought it out into the garage where I measured and drew out my ‘mouse hole.’ I drew it out in green chalk so it’s super hard to see in the picture!


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

Once I had the shape and size I liked, my husband used the jigsaw to cut it out.


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

Hello hollow door…


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

Because the door was hollow, we had to now try and trim that hole up. Luckily, we had some scrap lattice that was almost the right width. All we had to do was trim off about 1/4 of an inch. If you need to buy lattice, it’s less than $5 for about a 6 ft piece.


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

We used our Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer to nail the lattice piece in place to the frame inside of the hollow door.


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

A little hole filler, sanding and caulking around the edges and you almost couldn’t tell we boot-legged this contraption


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

But the proof is in the pudding, friends…


Now the door can stay closed to keep these buggers out…


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

But still allow the cats’ access to get to and from their potty.


Keep your cat's litter box hidden but easily accessible with this DIY Cat Potty Door cut out!

I’m so excited about this small but HUGE change in our master bathroom! Now that’s

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all that is left do is install new flooring (yes…that’s concrete subfloor in case you were wondering…) install new baseboards and finish painting the trim/doors and our master bath will be done for now, of course


I hoped you loved this easy DIY! I know it’s making life a whole lot easier for us now that we don’t have to worry about the dogs getting to the litter box before us anymore!


Talk to you soon friends, take care!


XO


Original article and pictures take http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2014/06/diy-cat-potty-door.html site


суббота, 25 февраля 2017 г.

DIY Cat Deterrent - Stop Furniture Scratching and Urinating on Carpet

DIY Cat Deterrent - Stop Furniture Scratching and Urinating on Carpet
DIY Cat Deterrent - Stop Furniture Scratching and Urinating on Carpet

diy cat deterrent stop furniture scratching and urinating on carpet, go green, pets animals

That's Macy Grace...our kitten. She came up to the table while I was photographing the cat spray and quickly sniffed and left...she is not a fan of the smell.


  • diy cat deterrent stop furniture scratching and urinating on carpet, go green, pets animals

You will need clear dish liquid, eucalyptus essential oil, lemon essential oil, water and a clean spray bottle.


  • diy cat deterrent stop furniture scratching and urinating on carpet, go green, pets animals

  • diy cat deterrent stop furniture scratching and urinating on carpet, go green, pets animals

  • diy cat deterrent stop furniture scratching and urinating on carpet, go green, pets animals

Shake well and spray where you don't want your cats to scratch or urinate. It's always best to make sure that if your cat has urinated on your carpet that you clean it thoroughly to remove the cat urine odor. If there is an area in your home that you don't want your cat to visit, use this spray there as well...they will avoid going around the smell. For the exact recipe and many more homemade

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cleaning solutions, click the link below and visit my blog!


To see more: http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-cat-deterrent-spray-stop-scratching-accidents/


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четверг, 23 февраля 2017 г.

Working the Angles

Working the Angles
Working the Angles
TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

tools for working the angles
Photo by Mark Weiss

How is it that finish carpenters do trim jobs daily without suffering angle-induced embolisms? Easy—because they rely on miter guides, not their eyeballs, to tell them where to cut. Likewise, framing carpenters use squares to determine the angles for rafters, rakes, and stair stringers; and furniture makers consult their protractors before laying out dovetails. The right angle-finding tool is your protection against loose joinery and expletive-filled outbursts, whether you're doing something big like building a garden shed, or simply tackling around-the-house maintenance tasks like measuring for a storm window.


So before you make another unsightly cutting mistake, put down that caulk tube and pick up one of the tools. The old adage—"Measure twice"—still applies. But you also need to know the angles.


The aluminum Pivot Square has a locking, adjustable leg that firmly holds any angle from 0 to 90 degrees, so you can make repeated, consistent mark or guide your circular saw through marks or guide your circular saw through angled crosscuts. Spirit vials help you check for level, as when establishing the angle to cut siding where it meets a roofline. About $84, C.H. Hanson


Three-Sided Squares


three-sided  speed squares
Photo by Mark Weiss

Simple, durable, and full of roof-layout info, the Speed square is a carpenter's classic. Use it to find angles, mark cutlines, and as a crosscut guide to keep your saw straight. Stick with the aluminum alloy version, not plastic: It's more rugged, and the stamped numbers are easier to read. About $10, Swanson Tool Co.


Square Shooter


level for wide pieces of lumber
Photo by Mark Weiss

This layout weapon for wide pieces of lumber has a sliding knob along its semicircular arc. Lock the triangle at the desired degree, then press it and a fixed knob on the handle against the edge of the work. The 12-inch blade can't wobble or pivot as it guides your pencil or your saw.


T-Bevel


t-bevel used to mark angles
Photo by Mark Weiss

Lock the T-bevel's sliding blade against any angle, then use the tool to copy that angle onto your work

or to set the angle of a saw blade. This T-bevel's blade locks in place with a recessed bronze latch (as opposed

to the usual wing nut) so either side can lie flush as you're marking your layout.


T-Bevel Setter


t-bevel-setter used to read the angle to half a degree
Photo by Mark Weiss

T-bevels, which have no markings, are great for matching and transferring angles but can't tell you exactly what those angles are. To find out, align the bar on this guide with the T-bevel's blade and read the angle to half a degree. Or set a desired angle and align the bevel's blade with it.


cast-iron protractor head with chromed-steel rule
Photo by Mark Weiss

Starrett's cast-iron protractor head with chromed-steel rule, on the market since 1908, is a classic machinist's tool for anyone who values precise layout marks. The rotating 180-degree head locks the rule at a desired angle or tells you the exact angle of an existing bevel.


Digital Protractor
Photo by Mark Weiss

combination protractor good for cutting crown molding
Photo by Mark Weiss

miter guide to set miter angle
Photo by Mark Weiss

Adjustable T-Square


Adjustable T-Square for improving cutting of drywall, OSB and plywood
Photo by Mark Weiss

Improving on the old 4-foot squares that could only mark 90-degree cuts in drywall, OSB, plywood, and other sheet goods, this adjustable square has markings for 30, 45, and 90 degrees. Or you can set it to any angle between 0 and 180 degrees. Folds for easy transport.


About $40, Johnson Level


Original article and pictures take http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20174934,00.html site


DIY Air Freshener Recipe

DIY Air Freshener Recipe
DIY Air Freshener Recipe

copycat febreze recipe

Air Freshener Recipe


This post contains affiliate/distributor links that support Kids Activities Blog.


The ingredients that make it WORK:


  • 2 Cups of Water.
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup of Rubbing alcohol
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (below I have my favorite combinations listed)

Pour your water and rubbing alcohol into your bottle. Add the baking soda and the essential oils. Mix the bottle well for a couple of minuets so the baking soda dissolves – don’t shake, swirl it. You will need to “re-swirl” the bottle before each use.


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Chemical Free Air Freshener Scents


We love Essential oils. They just smell really good!


Combinations we have used:


  • Lemon (15 drops) – by itself, lovely!
  • Lavender (15 drops) – another one that is great solo!
  • Burst (15 drops) – a delicous combination of grapefruit, tangerine and lime.
  • Assure (15 drops) – a cinnamon clove blend – spicy!
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If you don’t have essential oils on-hand we have also made this recipe with Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract. Both smell great – albeit, they make me a touch hungry!


The Essential Oils We Use & Love


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Essential Oil Deal

It is a favorite of ours. A 15 ml bottle of Lavender and an Essentials Diffuser – what a great combination for an amazzzzzzing price while supplies last.


Original article and pictures take http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/68370/air-freshener-recipe site


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TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

You will not believe that this was a plain old Ikea Ivar!

I took a chance with the red and I am so glad I did! I love how it turned out. And lets talk about the pulls – aren’t they just PERFECT!! The cabinet has definitely come a long way from where it started – a plain pine cabinet as part of the Ivar modular system.


Ikea Ivar cabinet

I used it as an extension of my kitchen counter in one of our old rentals. I had spray painted it white (that’s right… the kind in a can) and added the two knobs to match the kitchen cabinets.


You will not believe how this Ikea Ivar cabinet transformed into a beautiful sideboard!

In the new place, it worked as a sideboard/command center in our eat-in kitchen. It really was high time, it got a makeover to fit in with the rest of the decor. The red is little bright by itself but it fits in very nicely because I have a little red theme going with the dining chairs and kitchen towels etc.


A fun update to the Ikea Ivar cabinet

Materials needed for Ikea Ivar makeover –


  • 1″ x 2″ x 8′ – Total 2
  • 2″ x 2″ x 8′ – Total 1
  • 1 x 3″ x 8′ – Total 1
  • 3/4″ plywood – 30″ x 16″
  • Paint – I used Red Bush by Olympic
  • Cabinet Pulls. These Mid Century Modern Chevron Cabinet Pulls are just the perfect ones!

Cut list –


  • 2″ x 2″ @ 22.5″ and 10″ – total 2 each – base frame
  • 2″ x 2″ @ 6″ – total 4 – legs
  • 1″ x 3″ @ 32.5″ and 19″- 4 each – frames for the sides
  • screen molding cut to required size to create fake drawer and cabinet front.

How to make the Ikea Ivar Sideboard –


Step 1 – Build the base using wood glue and pocket holes.


Ikea Ivar cabinet hack - building the base

Step 2 – Prime and paint the base with the gold spray paint.


Painting the base

Step 3 – Attach the side frame for the cabinet. I like how they hide the visible screws from the Ikea assembly and also give the cabinet a finished look.


Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover adding trim

Step 4 – Attach the screen molding to the cabinet doors to create the fake drawer and cabinet front. I used wood glue and 5/8″ brad nails in a staple gun.


DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack attaching faux drawer faces

Step 5 – Caulk the gaps and fill any holes that are visible. My favorite caulk is the favorite woodworking tools post.


DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack adding caulk

Step 6 – Build the top using the 3/4″ plywood and the 1″ x 3″ boards. Use wood glue and pocket holes.


DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet hack building the top

Step 7 – Prime and paint the cabinet and the top in color of your choice. Since I had spray paint on the cabinet previously, after a lot of research, I decided to use the following sequence – clean with . It took only about an hour for 3 coats and went on so uniform and smooth! I cant even imagine painting without that thing anymore!


DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet gets painted

Step 8 – Attach the top and the base to the cabinet. I used

Step 9 – Attach the pulls and enjoy!!!


Turn the simple Ikea Ivar cabinet into this beautiful Sideboard!

I have probably said this before but I am so totally in love with the pulls! I chanced on them as I was browsing the D Lawless Hardware site. They are made from an original mid century mold. It was so fascinating but I don’t have midcentury style furniture so I passed on them but I just kept coming back to them. I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I am so glad I decided to go ahead with them anyway! They are like jewelry and totally make this cabinet what it is!


That is a Ikea Ivar cabinet - Seriously! You have got to see this Hack!

I especially love their little angle on how the pull sticks off of the cabinet giving just the right amount of space to hold and pull it.


Beautiful Pulls make this Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover

The sideboard fits in perfectly with my dining room and makes the little command center perfect. Everything you see here is a DIY project from pre-blog days. The clock is my Ikea Skoj hack . The Mail sorter is DIY too – show you exactly how to build that without using power tools in my Skillshare class. (That link will give you 3 months premium access for $0.99). I will post tutorial for the mail sorter and framed cork board soon.


Check out this DIY command center. That red cabinet is an Ikea Ivar! Check out the makeover!

Have you ever done an Ikea furniture makeover? I would love to see. Share it below!


Can you believe this is an Ikea Ivar cabinet hack!

I love giving fun makeovers to Ikea furniture like this colorful Ikea Tarva dresser makeover



One of my all time favorite Ikea hacks is this Fabric paneled Ikea Tarva dresser makeover



And then this Ikea Kids kitchen update is really fun too! This Kitchen gets as much use as my own kitchen


Ikea Duktig kids play kitchen makeover

Many thanks to The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest (TM) for hosting this wonderful event and to the most generous sponsor, D. Lawless Hardware.


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Linking to these Fab Flippin Hosts:


Stacy Elizabeth at Anastasia Village


Colleen at 58 Water Street


Bloggers interested in joining future contests should contact: info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com


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