How to Stop a Cat From Printing

We have a couple of cats who love to hang out in the office with us. 
Pepsy & Pickle
Pickle’s usually curled up on Larry’s papers on his desk. It makes for a fun time trying to balance the books when the cat’s using the invoices as a mattress! Pepsy loves to lie on the printer. The problem with that, when he walks on it he steps on the buttons and starts copying or printing…usually whatever Larry left in the copier. 
My desk with the old computer and printer. We shared the printer, it’s behind the monitor so Larry can reach it from his desk. 
Last fall, I finally had enough and decided to build something so the cat would stay off it. I found some old wood and asked Larry to cut it down to size for me. (Yes, I measured three times…more on that to come) He’s okay with me using most of his tools, but these saws he’d rather use himself. 
 Cutting the blocks for ‘feet’.


 This is the saw used to cut the boards. My husband builds pallets for customers, hence the equipment that comes in very handy around the place.


The blocks & boards cut to size.


I get to use the sander & drill! Woohoo!! 😉


Assembling the cover
Top tier added. I figured if I’m doing this, I might as well have a spot for the ream of printer paper.


I painted it with ASCP in Old White and dry brushed with Paris Grey.


I used a stencil to add some birds and petals. 



Then I waxed, distressed and waxed some more. I was thrilled with it! 
But…it didn’t fit…
When I measured for the length of the printer, I forgot to take into account the legs being screwed into the bottom of the board and it was far too tight a fit. So much for all my measuring! Frustrated and angry at myself, my husband came to the rescue.
He changed the legs to the outside of the boards and I fixed up the holes and paint. 


And it’s done and works great! 
The cat doesn’t copy or print anymore and he has a higher perch to watch us from. 


And now that I have a new laptop, I bought myself a Canon inkjet printer, copier & scanner on Boxing Day for only $34.99!! The HP printer and cover is moved to Larry’s filing cabinet.

The new one is on mine (tall enough the cats don’t go up there).

My desk is finally de-cluttered!

 I’ve been wanting an inkjet since the one we have is a desk-jet and while it’s ok, the inkjet will do a better job with transfers (at least that’s what all the tutorials say!)
Time to get to work!

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  1. That was a great idea and gave extra storage space for paper over the printer. I need to get new ink cartridges and from the price you mentioned it will be cheaper to buy a new printer..

  2. This is a great solution to your kitty problems. My dogs change the channel by stepping on the remote all the time.

  3. You had a clever ideas. Your desk looks very nice and neat now!!! Nancy

  4. What a sweet idea! You are so lucky having a handy husband and impressive power tools on hand. (I would be scared of the saw too!) Thanks for stopping by! x

  5. Love power tools and although I have a husband
    I use them myself…lol
    Thanks so much for your visit to my blog today
    and I’d like to wish you and your family a
    Happy New Year!!

  6. I think it’s sweet that you are willing to make something that serves a purpose (actually 2 purposes) yet takes into consideration the kitty’s needs as well. Have a great 2013!

  7. Great solution! I can’t keep my cat off my laptop keyboard… sigh. I guess it’s warm. Gotta love those cats! lol

  8. Great job! You made it so pretty. I bet the kitty likes the higher perch, I love the inkjet for transfer projects. Sure you will too!
    Happy 2013!

  9. What a clever and beautiful idea! Your cat’s are just too cute and I love their names :)
    Happy New Year, my friend!


  10. great project! I love power tools myself!!

  11. This is as creative as it gets but it is also hysterical! i’ve always had a cat or two so I know where you are coming from.

    LOL! Love it

  12. Way to make it happen. Maybe the cats will get distracted by the birdies and leave your computer area alone. lol Happy to meet ya! Happy New Year.

  13. How clever is this little shelf:) I can just see in the future a little cat bed on top, lol:) Just returning the visit so I can meet you:)
    Now following via GFC and Linky:)

    Happy New Year!!

    PS If you get a chance come on back over for Freedom Friday Blog hop (no rules and goes live on Thursdays at 7pm mst)

  14. What an awesome idea! It looks fabulous. Oh, the adjustments we have to make for our kitties. heehee I now need to add locks on my cabinets. LOL Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I just love having you and treasure your friendship. :)

    I love your photo with the snow! I miss living in Missouri. They have 8 inches right now, and we have rain, rain, rain.

    Happy New Year!!

  15. Those are some serious power tools,girl! I’m impressed and the final project is SO smart!

  16. Hi Debbie! I just spent the morning catching up on the last two months of your wonderful blog posts. I’ve missed them, and have so enjoyed reading about your holidays and all the projects you’ve been working on. You’re busy as ever, I see! Happiest of New Years!

  17. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  18. Very nice idea, Debbie…I love hiding things, too! Thanks for stopping by with your nice comment re: my New Year’s Mantle. It’s nice to hear that you like my “bling” aka glam and glitz!

  19. Wonderful work , I like it ! Papa here has a wood working shop as well and loves to make all kinds of things when he gets the time , he still works outside the home. I am retired . Thanks so much for taking the time to come to my blogs and leaving lovely comments . I am now following your wonderful blog , nice to meet another fellow Canadian in blog land . I love the names of your kitties . Happy New Year !

  20. What a great solution, Debbie. It’s always something when you live with cats! Who knew they could inspire a great project?

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  21. thanks for stopping by the other day- finally made it over and am your newest follower :)

  22. My cat has never gone far to the extent of printing, but he is always nosy when I’m doing so. Haha! I see we’re almost in the same place here. It’s a good idea your husband came up with this. It’s such a waste of ink, time, and money when our cats get curious and all of a sudden paws the paper, misaligning it. And the shelf is artistic! It reminds me of Japanese furniture. ;]

  23. Thanks Benita. Yes, we are saving now the cats can’t print anymore! lol

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