Hey, everyone!  I’m Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane, and I’m so excited to be making my first appearance here at Creative Home.

We are definitely what you’d call a pet-friendly household (we’re practically outnumbered!).  We have two rescued golden retrievers, a very old kitty, and a hamster.  And yes, I do vacuum A LOT!

Our cat is seventeen years old, and while he’s certainly used to dogs, he’s at the stage of his life where sometimes he just wants a little peace and quiet.  After all, he spends at least 23.75 hours a day sleeping, so who needs all the canine interruptions?

In an effort to promote domestic tranquility, I decided to convert a broom closet that wasn’t getting much use into a private space for him.  We call it the “Harry Potter closet” since it’s a room under our stairs, right off the kitchen and laundry room.

Here’s what I started with:

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Obviously, it wasn’t much to look it, but there was quite a bit of space in there that wasn’t being put to good use (I hate wasted space, don’t you?).  I wanted this to be an inexpensive project, so I gathered items from around the house, and I definitely met my goal, because my grand total came in at a whopping $0!  How often can you say that about a DIY project?

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I used a tension rod to hang curtain panels that I had just taken down in my living room. While they’re swagged in this picture with a piece of jute twine and a hook, I think Tinker prefers it when they’re hanging shut.  Then his bed is enclosed and he feels very private and safe.

Yes, that is a dog bed, but he loves it, so I’ve never told him.  Some things are best left unsaid.

DIY Pet Retreat | 11 Magnolia Lane
The wooden crates hold sodas and bottled drinks–I know, that’s not pet-related, but this closet is right next to our kitchen and it’s what works best for us!

The dog food is still stored in here, too; it just makes more sense to keep all of the animal food in one central location.  We have two big canisters since they eat different food; Sunny’s is an old popcorn tin spray-painted with chalkboard paint (you can read about that project HERE).

DIY Pet Retreat | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’ve fed the cat out of this enamelware bowl forever; I love the vintage look and he’s certainly not picky.  A platter underneath catches the inevitable crumbs.

DIY Pet Retreat | 11 Magnolia Lane
A wooden tool box corrals pet care items, medications, and a few tins of wet cat food.  When you’re over 100 years old in people years, you deserve some food that’s easy to chew!  The dry cat food is right next door, in a glass canister.

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To save space, I’ve hung a bulletin board on the inside of the closet door.  It’s where I usually pin school-related paperwork.  The hook underneath is perfect for a tote bag, but often the dog leashes are there, too.

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Cats are notoriously picky, but Tinker loves this space.  We leave the door cracked, and he sleeps in there for hours (and hours, and hours) on end.

If you have a puppy, kitten, or senior pet who needs to be confined when you’re not at home, it would be simple to add a baby gate to the doorway.  I hung repurposed plantation shutters to keep the dogs in the bedroom when we’re not at home {see that HERE}, and that would work well for this space, too–plus, it’s much more decorative than a baby gate.

DIY Pet Retreat | 11 Magnolia Lane

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