We live in a teeny two-bedroom apartment with two cats. We don't have room in the bathroom for a litter box, so I'd had to deal with them right there in the office where I try to do my homework.
I tried to find a screen for them, but I couldn't find anything I liked that wasn't too tall, ugly, or under $100. Then I went to a yard sale last Spring and had a brainstorm.
I found this fireplace screen for $2. I figured I would cover it with fabric and Ta-Da! Answer solved.
I finally got around to doing it this weekend.
I had some old matboard laying around taking up space, bought some bookbinding tape (conveniently chartreuse) and just taped fabric around the board.
Since it was mostly for my benefit, I decided to use fabric I really liked, not worrying about getting it done for real cheap. I picked Amy Butler's "Sunspots" from her Love series. It coordinates well with the storage box I covered with another design of hers.
I used black grommets for the holes (luck was with me that I had the exact number I needed) and tied the boards to the screen using some black rubber cord I had stuffed in my stash.
Altogether, $30. More than I usually spend on my projects, but I think it's worth it.
Now I can get some homework done.