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Repurposed Kitty Litter Bucket Storage Rack

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24 kitty litter buckets, some 2x3's. a hand full of screws and a bunch of zip ties, and I've got some sturdy and cheep garage storage. I had a big pile of buckets starring at me in the garage and I needed more storage.  I looked at the buckets and started playing and just made it up as I went along... I think it turned out quite well.  Even has room to hang the skateboards on the back!

The bottom board is a 1x2.  The other boards in the back are 2x3's.  The smaller board on the bottom allows the storage unit to tip slightly to the back keeping things inside from rolling out.

I measured, marked and drilled holes in the exact same location on the sides of the buckets that touch each other.  The holes are drilled about an inch from where the handle snaps into the buckets on that flat section and then again on the 'front' and 'back' on those same flat spots.  Two holes were drilled in each flat section. (the handles were removed first)  The buckets are then zip tied together using these holes.  Be sure to carefully cut the zip ties flush with the end of the locking portion of the zip tie...  using a wire cutter will leave a sharp end...  I found using a razor blade was the fastest and gave a nice clean cut.  Just be careful.

The buckets are screwed to the 2x3's and 1x3's using pan head screws and fender washers.

I flipped the top row of buckets around to suit My location needs.  This storage unit acts as a wall by these stairs to my basement in my garage, and the top row would have been too high to reach from the stairs side....
  I added a shelf or 'table' in place of one of the buckets on the top row for drinks and what not when I'm in the garage working or playing.


is my first post.  I'll try to get more details posted soon or do a step by step for this...
Beautiful idea !! Way to think inside the bucket. Lol. I bed you could paint them with some plastic paint and put them in a mud room to store gloves, scarves, hats, shoes, maybe even sighted papers for little ones running out the door on their way to and from school !!! Wonderful frugal way of recycling.
funcky (author)  gonwththewind298 months ago

Thanks! I've painted a few litter buckets for other projects and as long as you give them a quick once over with some fine sand paper, paint (like you said, recommended for plastic) seems to hold on the buckets fairly well. I've found too if you use mineral sprits the labels will come right off leaving nice clean looking buckets. I really like the idea of mud room storage! Your mention of school got me thinking... maybe they could be used at a home day care as an inexpensive 'locker system', each child could have their own place for papers, boots, etc. Thanks for the great ideas!

Autocorrect. Bet instead of bed. And signed papers .. Sorry
l8nite2 years ago
a very cool (and green) idea, thank you for sharing
Sweet re-use. I have a few that I use just as buckets but I like this idea better. Would be nice to see this fleshed out a bit more as for the instructions but it gets the point across. The "table top" is a great addition. You could even put some knobs on the lids/doors to make it easy to open, just a thought.
steelnix2 years ago
Awesome storage idea!!
I have a bunch of cat food containers just like these...