Like my mother before me – and her mother and her mother's mother and every woman I'm descended from going back 30,000 years – I am poor. But I'm also stubborn, industrious and prone to "ideas," which are usually unrealistic schemes that will allow me to live like a Kennedy for less than $20.
Which brings me to my latest pet-related project. I made a cat bed.
First of all, cat beds – the un-washable store-bought kind that get covered in nasty cat hair in 30 seconds – are butt ugly. They are. To me, they look like someone just threw a dirty pillow on the floor and said, "Screw it. Let's leave it there." So this weekend, I decided to make my own cat bed out of a sad little drawer I found in the alley.
Using leftover paint, I painted the drawer to match the dining room – aqua and white – and added four little mid-century modern-looking legs ($2 each at Lowe's) to the bottom with wood glue and screws.
Next – seeing as I own a cat who can get comfortable anywhere, including on a stack of newspaper – I tossed in an old tablecloth. When the bed gets hairy, I can yank the table cloth out and wash that baby.
And then I was done. A cat bed even the Kennedys would be proud to use! (My cat has only used it twice. She'll come around eventually.)