Thursday, October 27, 2016

Outdoor Side Table/Cat Cave

Hello Friends!

We are enjoying warm sunny days with lovely cool breezes here in the Carolinas and soon the weather will turn cold.

Our cat Buddy loves to spend his days out on the screened porch rather than being cooped up in the house. Knowing that cooler days are coming, I designed a "cat cave" for him so  he could keep warm on those cooler days. Mr. DIY loves building things and he got right to it. 

The screened porch also needed a side table to put our drinks on so it was designed it with more than one function.

As you can see, there's a hole in the back of the cat cave. The hole is for the cord to an outdoor heating mat made for this very purpose- to keep animals toasty warm outdoors during the winter. 

Here's Kitty checking out Buddy's new cat cave.

After Mr. DIY built the cat cave/side table, I finished the main part in Valspar's Blackstrap in a Satin Finish. The top is stained with Olympic Elite Mountain Cedar with some Polycrylic by MinWax on top of the stain. The Polycrylic helps seal the surface so things won't stick to it. 

Here, you can see that the top is hinged for easy cleaning. Mr. DIY made the cat cave/side table to fit the heating mat.

There's also a little place to store things. This photo was taken before the top was attached.

We'll be ready when the weather turns cold and Buddy will be able to stay warm in his new cat cave.

I'll share how Mr. DIY built the cat cave/side table next time.

Thanks for stopping by!


You can see how Mr. DIY made Buddy's Cat Cave HERE.

This is the heating pad I purchased for Buddy's Cat Cave. It is a really soft heat and doesn't get too hot.

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  1. How fun- what a creative and functional idea! I know kitty will love the heating pad. They seem to go anywhere they can find a heat source. I like how you have the 2nd layer in there for other things. Great project!

  2. What a great dual purpose piece of furniture...Love it!!!

  3. Adorable & useful. You're a good cat mamma. Gail


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