Breathing new life into something old…My first instinct is how can I fix it. Tossing stuff out and buying new is always easier, but not always easier on the wallet, and besides that, I don’t always find the “new” better than what I already have. They just don’t make things like they used to. All too often I find that statement is so true. Though in this case, my cat tree is nothing special and yes, you can find this style and probably better, but my cats like it and that’s most important. So I’m going to spiffy this one up.
Before I show you what I did, remember when I made a cat tree/bed out of a wooden spool? You can see it here… That was when I found out how much they really liked to scratch on sisal. Which is why I chose to use sisal to freshen up this tree instead of wrap more carpet around it. I may do carpet again another time, but I have a few rolls of sisal, so sisal it is! Here’s what I did…
one old cat tree
hot glue gun
Depending on how your tree was originally made… I found the carpet was stapled along the seam. That’s fine, but if the cats scratched it loose around the stapled part, then the whole carpet piece was loose. I cut parts of the carpet off. Later on, I realized I could have left it. Either way I found it worked whether I left the carpet loose or cut it off.
Find another section that needs sisal and keep on hot glueing around and around and around…
Easy project. This did take longer than I expected. I think having “helpers” added to the time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Tree looks much better! The best part is, the cats are happy to use it!
Hot glue is HOT so be careful. You can use a chop stick or a screw driver to hold the sisal in place for a few seconds as it dries.
Sisal can poke into your skin. I had to tweeze out a couple “splinters”. You can wear leather gloves. I just sucked it up! Hahaha. I don’t do well with gloves. Which is why I have to deal with poison ivy on my hands when I’m out doing yard work.
You can hot glue a section and just wrap the sisal around a few times and then glue another small section. You don’t really need to glue every inch as you go along.
If your cat prefers carpet, home improvement stores carry carpet remnants. Rugs are also great and you can buy them at places like Target. They are smaller and easier to handle. I’ve used a good razor blade knife (be super careful) and cut the sizes I need.
The sisal I used for this project I bought at HomeDepot a couple of years ago. I did a check and they still carry sisal. Make sure it’s all natural, free from chemicals. This one states: Safe for use with pet toys like cat scratching posts. Natural fiber-twisted rope is biodegradable and economical. Home Depot also ships! Since this project used up the last of my stock, I will be getting more. Sisal is really handy and I use it for many projects.
We know how finicky cats can be, so I hope this gives you an option to redo a cat tree your kitty already loves!
You are FABULOUS for reading this far! And I thank you so much for doing so! I hope you have a purrfectly happy day!
Excellent job, Koko 👍😻
Thank you! I think the kitties would agree with you! 😉
That sisal is better than the original!
Glad you think so! I came across a new on for a really good price, with no sisal and I was thinking if I get it, I’d wrap sisal around it! I need one for upstairs…So nice of you to pop in. Your profile pic always makes me smile! Have a great day! 🙂
Absolutely purrfect, Koko! It looks great and the cats seem happy. Loved to see your doggies as well, strategically positioned to supervise your project 🙂 Have a wonderful day.
Evan is the supervisor for sure! He’s my daughter’s dog, but when she is at work, he is MINE! Hahaha. My shadow really. Eva (the one peeking through the cat tree) is now our oldest of the pack. She too is my shadow. My day is going most excellently, thank you! Lots of rain! Take care Helen! 🙂
What a fantastic idea and way to spruce up the old tree – once Schooner does a number on his, I think we’ll have to try this.
Yes, do! Beth at https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/ said she liked it better with the sisal and I must say, I do too! I am considering another cat tree for upstairs. (there’s a new one for an excellent price…) Anyway, if I got it, I’d put the sisal on right away. The cats really love it. Oh and if you don’t already follow Beth, go check her blog out. She has the best stories! Thank you for stopping by! Love Travels with Choppy! 🙂
I do love Beth’s blog – it’s one I should visit more often!
🙂 Her stories keep me company while stirring something yummy on the stove or when I can’t sleep!
What a great idea!
Thanks! And with all my helpers, it made doing it even more fun! Have a wonderful day!
It’s great to see you creating and posting again. I never tire of looking at things through your creative eyes. You inspire me and make me look at things differently than I ever would have on my own.
Keep up the great work, the cool projects, and the great posts❗️
Have a Purrfect®️ day✨🐱🐶❗️🏆
Hahaha Sharpie! The kitties are going crazy over the new tree! I do love when a project comes together and love it even more when it’s useful! Thanks for your kind comment. Enjoy your day! Koko 🙂
Great work !! My gf is into upcyling old stuff – she’ll really love it !
Yay! I tell ya…cat’s cant seem to get enough of it. I have a grumpy cat that nothing seems to please him and he’s using it! 🙂 Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend! Koko
Haha … Weekend turned out fine… have a great next week ahead 🙂
it looks amazing, this is such a great idea!! the kitties seem to like it too 🙂
It’s been really great for them. They do use it more! Great way for them to scratch their claws! Nice to see you here! Have a fab day! 🙂
At least you had help! The ‘new’ cat tree looks fantastic!
Thank you! They really love it. Every time they scratch on it, I am happy for them. They are quite the helpers that’s for sure. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care!
It’s so great that you give your cats a nice place to scratch on, other than the sides of your couch. I also approve of the fact that you haven’t de-clawed them.
I so DON’T believe in de-clawing. It’s like cutting off a humans finger at the first digit! Oh no! And I guess I’m pretty lucky that my cats don’t ruin my furnishings. I have faux fur blankets on the couches and ottoman and the kitties love laying on them and making what my vet calls, “biscuits”. The cats are also used to me trimming their nails. They get a trim about twice a month. I think what works for me is to stay on top of the situation and watch how they play and interact. I have nine of them and they all have nine different personalities. So I have my hands full! Thank you kindly for popping in! Koko 🙂
De-clawing has always seemed cruel to me. There’s a neighborhood cat by me that was declawed and then abandoned by her wonderful owners, and without claws she can hardly hunt. Luckily there are several of us who give her food, because she’s very friendly.
I can definitely see how trimming your cats’ claws, along with giving them safe surfaces to scratch on, would help! Good luck with taking care all of your cats!
Thank you! 🙂 I hope someone comes to take that abandoned kitty! It’s so sad. People can really suck. 😦
Great post! I just threw out a cat tree. Wish I’d seen this first but I can repurpose the current one. Thanks for visiting me blog! ☀️
I too was going to toss mine and as I was shopping for a “new” one, I just didn’t really like what I’d found or none was any better…This project was cool as they really like the sisal and the tree is really liked by them and I suppose that is what was important to me. I’d hate to have gotten a new one only to have them ignore it! Hahaha. Cat’s can be sooooo picky. I appreciate you stopping in. Hope you have an awesome day!
So clever! Your cats must be so happy!
They are! I love that they use it. Nothing worse than having a large piece of furniture for them only to have it ignored. Thank you for being here! Have a great weekend!
Fabulous! I’m sure it’s much nicer than the original.
They definitely use the scratching part more! I think they like how the sisal feels as they scratch. Nice to have you here. Have a great rest of your week!
Dear Koko, You are such a creative woman! Waw!
Day made! Thank you for your kind words! Have a happy day Sophie!
The end result is very stylish! Yay for repurposing and being crafty and thrifty!
I tell ya, it is a well used piece of furniture! Thank you for reading! Have a happy day! 🙂