DIY Reclaimed Wood Table

DIY Reclaimed Wood Table @themerrythought
This is one of those projects that I’ve had on Mike’s to-make list for years, and I wasn’t sure if it would ever really happen.  Not that he wouldn’t be able to make it, the guy can make anything I dream up, I just wasn’t sure we’d ever find the right wood at the right price.  But finally, he was able to snag some old barn wood from a friend that was perfect for using as a dining table.  Then the problem became trying to decide what kind of legs I wanted for the table (remember, I am the worst at having to make decisions!!). Caitlin suggested trying out some hairpin legs from for it, similar to the ones she used for her lap desk, and I love how it looks! Every time I walk into my kitchen, I do a little happy dance (at least on the inside) because I love this table!!
DIY Reclaimed Wood Table @themerrythought
DIY Reclaimed Wood Table @themerrythought
– reclaimed wood
28″ hairpin legs
– wood for support boards
– circular saw
– sander
– drill
– drill bit
– screw bit
– screws
– clamps
– polyurethane
– paint brush
– sand paper
DIY Reclaimed Wood Table @themerrythought
Prepare the wood and cut your boards to size as needed (what is needed for this will vary depending on the condition of your wood: planing, sanding, cutting, etc.). For cutting to length, we found it easier to leave our boards a little longer than then needed, put the boards together, and then once the boards were together, cut the ends so they were perfectly even. (Our table measures 80” x 50”).
Line the boards up as they will go, with the top side down. Cut your support board to length, we used three. Cut them slightly shorter than the width of the table, and leaving space from the edge if desired, we kept ours back 1.5” from the edge on both sides. Mark, pre-drill and countersink screw holes on each board, we did four screws per table board. Use a clamp to keep the boards tight together and attach the support board to the table boards using screws. Using a circular saw and straight edge, cut the ends of the table boards even. Sand the table smooth. Attach the legs using drill. Apply polyurethane, following directions on can (we did four coats), sanding the table smooth with sandpaper between each coat.
DIY Reclaimed Wood Table @themerrythought
(And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out our other project with – Caitlin’s DIY Wood and Hairpin Leg Lap Desk, it’s a perfectly dreamy little desk!)


DIY Floating Pool Tray

DIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtOkay, so this is one of those projects that was supposed to be done in the beginning of July but kept getting bumped back because of my schedule. Luckily the forecast is all mid-80’s for the next week so we can sneak in more pool time and put this pool tray to use! Earlier this summer when I was coming up with summer projects that I would find useful I thought about a table that I could bring in the pool and have all my snacks and drinks right near me so I don’t even have to get out! If you know me at all, you know I take snacks very seriously so any projects that make it easier to have food nearby is basically the best project ever in my book. I looove how it turned out and if you have a friend with a pool, you must make them one of these!DIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Four 3.5″x24″x1″ pieces of wood
-Six 1/4″ thick wooden scrap pieces of wood
-Two 12″x1″x1″ pieces of wood
-Nail Gun
-Spar Urethane
-Paint Brush
-1″ Polyethylene Foam
-X-Acto Knife
DIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtHow to make it:
-Coat all of the wood (except the scrap spacers) with two or three coats of spar urethane. Be sure to follow instructions and let dry as directed between coats.
-Line up board for the top of the table and use the 1/4″ scrap pieces to space out each board.
-Place the 12″ pieces in place – 1 5/8″ from the top and bottom and 4″ in from the side.
-Use the nail gun to secure.
-Use X-Acto knife to cut out 12″x13.5″ piece of foam.
-Mix epoxy as directed, apply evenly to the wood in between the two 12″ pieces and place foam on top. Let dry as directed.
DIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtDIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtDIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtDIY Floating Pool Tray @themerrythoughtIf you need me, I’ll be enjoying the rest of the summer in my friend’s pool.

xo. Caitlin

The Merrythought + Madewell Event

Madewell Event with @themerrythoughtHey local friends!! We’re hosting an event with Madewell at Eastview Mall in Victor tomorrow night from 6-8 pm! We’ll be mixing up some mocktails, enjoying sweets and checking out Madewell’s fall collection. We hope you’re able to stop by – we’d love to see you! There will also be a discount for everyone and a freebie for the first ten guests! Check out the details below! And you can RSVP and invite a few friends to the event here if you’d like. Or just show up! :)Madewell Event with @themerrythought

DIY Herb Planter Cutting Board

DIY Herb Planter Cutting Board @themerrythoughtHaving fresh herbs on hand when cooking or making cocktails is amazing. I buy fresh herbs from the store often so I have them but they go bad so quickly! This simple cutting board has a place for your fresh herbs so they’re within reach while chopping up ingredients for your next mojito or fruit salad.DIY Herb Planter Cutting Board @themerrythoughtMaterials Needed:
-tape measure
-table saw
-3 1/4″ hole saw
-drill press
-wood glue
-nail gun
-butcher block conditioner
-3″ terracotta pots
-fresh herbs

Directions: (Step photos on Home Free)
-Measure and mark out the following pieces from the hardwood:
One piece: 8″ x 18″ x 1″
Two pieces: 1 1/4″ x 18″ x 1/2″
Two pieces: 1 1/4″ x 7″ x 1/2″
-Use table saw to cut out pieces and use sandpapers to smooth the edges.
-On one end of the large board, measure and mark where your holes will be drilled. Measure in 2 1/4″ from the top and 2 1/4″ from the side and make a mark then measure 2 1/4″ from the bottom and 2 1/4″ from the side and make another mark.
-Use hole saw and drill press to drill a circle at each of these points. Make sure the center bit is aligned with your mark.
-Use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the circles.
-Lay the large board top down and use wood glue along the side of each of the four 1/2″ pieces of wood and place along the edges of the large board.
-Use clamps or apply even pressure to allow glue to dry.
-Use nail gun to secure corners.
-Use drill to pre-drill small holes along each side for the nails.
-Hammer nails into place.
-Use butcher block conditioner to seal the wood.
Paint terra-cotta pots if desired and transfer herb plants into the pots. Place pots into the holes and you’re ready to go! I placed matching terra-cotta saucers under the cutting board to catch extra water.DIY Herb Planter Cutting Board @themerrythoughtDIY Herb Planter Cutting Board @themerrythoughtDIY Herb Planter Cutting Board @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

Coffee Ice Cream Soda

Coffee Ice Cream Soda @themerrythought
I’m always looking for more ways to enjoy coffee and during the hot summer months, cold coffee drinks are at the top of my list of favorite things! Before the cooler days of fall arrive (I’ll be honest, I can’t wait!), I thought I should share the recipe for this delicious drink. I recently received a bottle of Dave’s Coffee Syrup from Marx Foods (as part of the winnings from the Floral Food Photography contest) and have enjoyed making different drinks with it.  This coffee ice cream soda is the perfect treat – cool, refreshing and sweet. I tried it with both coffee ice cream and vanilla ice cream, and I’m definitely a fan of the coffee ice cream – it gives it an extra boost of coffee flavor that’s a must-have in my book!
Coffee Ice Cream Soda @themerrythought
Coffee Ice Cream Soda

3-4 tablespoons of coffee syrup (I used Dave’s)
2 scoops of ice cream, coffee or vanilla (I recommend coffee)
1/4 cup milk
5 oz. chilled club soda
dash of cinnamon if desired

Place 3-4 tablespoons of coffee syrup in a tall glass (I would use 4 if using vanilla ice cream). Add 2 scoops of ice cream. Add milk and top with club soda. Sprinkle on cinnamon. Stir before serving.
Coffee Ice Cream Soda @themerrythought
Coffee Ice Cream Soda @themerrythought
What’s been your favorite drink to indulge in this summer? This is my favorite way to enjoy iced coffee; and affogatos are one of my favorite coffee desserts! For those that love floats & sodas, I recommend you try our Rosemary Rhubarb Float or Italian Cream Soda!


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