DIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtBack to the bathroom projects again! 😉 I had put a hold on finishing up a few more of the smaller projects I wanted done in that room, just because I needed a break from working on it. While it’s still currently my favorite space in the house, I just was done with constantly being in there to work – I wanted to be in there soaking in the tub! We had put up temporary towel hooks until I was ready to finalize what I wanted in there and was ready to get back to it. And now that I’ve soaked in the tub –  I guess that time is here!
We made these simple wooden towel hooks, but really, these can be used just about anywhere in your home as wall hooks – for coats, closets, accessories, etc. I chose spalted maple wood, because it’s one of my favorite wood varieties – we used that for the toilet paper holder as well. For those worried about wood having wet towels on it – it does have a finish on it and we’ve used wood towel hooks in our other bathroom for years, and as long as they are finished properly, they hold up to wet towels! I’m loving this new small addition to the bathroom and how it ties in with our toilet paper holder.DIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtMaterials:

– wood (we used a piece of spalted maple)
– table saw
– miter box
– tape measure
– belt sander & sand paper
dowel screws – 1/4″ x 2″
– drywall anchors – 5/16″
– drill & bits
– pliers
– scrap wood (optional)
– water proof finish (we used Minwax indoor/outdoor clear satin finish)

Directions: Cut wood to size (we made 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ strips). Cut angle at 40 degrees to the length desired – we made ours 2” to the short side of the angle. Sand all sides smooth with belt sander; sand corners with sand paper. Drill an 1/8” hole in the angled side near the top of the angle in the center about an 1-1/4” deep. Using pliers, screw the dowel screw in a little more than half its length.

Drill 3-1/8” holes into a scrap piece of wood (about 10” long), keeping the holes about 3” apart. Screw the other end of the dowel screw into these holes enough to make them stable – this will help you to be able to apply finish to all sides. Apply finish following directions on can.

Drill 5/16” holes in the wall where you want the hooks to go. We had 1/4” dowel screws which were a little bigger than the drywall anchors, so we pre-screwed the dowel screws into the inserts holding the inserts with pliers. Unscrew the dowel screws from the anchors and close the end of the anchor that popped open. Push the anchors into the holes in the wall and then with a hammer tap them in until they are tight against the wall. Screw the hooks into the anchors.DIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Wall Hooks @themerrythoughtIf you haven’t seen it yet – you can see the whole bathroom reveal here! And a couple of the other projects from that space: DIY Leather Shower Curtain Rings, DIY Floating Sink Shelf, and DIY Toilet Paper Holder.



Minimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtWell, friends… we’re finally moved in and I’ve been doing all sorts of happy dances around here. And by here I specifically mean this BEAUTIFUL room.

Some background info if you’ve missed any of this – my cousin bought a house back in May and we’ve been working on it ever since so that her and I and one of our friends could move in there. My aunt and uncle literally worked on the house almost every day and did such an amazing job on everything. There was an old mudroom/shed (haha) that was open to the kitchen so we decided to knock down the other section of wall so my cousin could have a huge kitchen – girl loves to bake! The house was built in the 1800’s – so when we started ripping walls down we saw all of those old beams and decided we couldn’t possibly cover them back up and designed around the exposed beams. If you had walked into the kitchen 6 months ago, you would never have imagined that it could possibly look like this. Keep scrolling down to the bottom of the post for some SERIOUS before and after proof of that as well as source info!

So here we are with a dreamyyyy kitchen that’s perfect for her baking and my blogging! My cousin let me help make a lot of decisions on the design of the rooms… partially because she hates making decisions and partially because she knows I’m… a control freak. Oops. My favorite part might be the bar between the rooms that my uncle made using an old slab of walnut from my cousin’s grandpa’s farm – it went perfectly with our walnut butcher block counters and is just too sweet that she gets to have a part of that in her house.Minimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtAlright and this is the part that makes all of the previous photos 100x more impressive than they obviously already were… 😉 A peek at what things looked like when we came in to start working last May. Put these before and after images side by side to give you an idea of just how much work was put into this room.Kitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtSources
Walnut butcher block countertops c/o Lumber Liquidators
Oak flooring c/o Lumber Liquidators
Farmhouse sink c/o Kohler
Faucet c/o Kohler
Lights above island & bar: Ikea
Light above sink: CLAXY
“Foods Before Dudes” poster: chickpea magazine
DIY pour over coffee stand: Tutorial
DIY coffee filter stand: Tutorial
Marble & gold bar tools: West Elm
Gold candles: Geo Supply Co.

We’re already having so much fun hosting friends and family here! So excited to keep working on the rest of the house and sharing more rooms along the way!

xo. Caitlin

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    Clarissa - It’s so beautiful! Congrats on the new home – it looks so crisp and clean and inviting <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:07 pm

    Amy - That looks amazing! You’re right, those before and afters don’t hardly look like the same space. I love seeing a good remodel, especially since we’re on the hunt for our next one haha! But seriously, great job, it looks beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:59 pm

    Courtney - WHAT!!! My jaw dropped when this came up on my bloglovin’ feed and dropped again when I saw the before and afters! Beautiful, beautiful job!


  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 2:02 pm

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - So gorgeous!! Love the side by side pictures so you can REALLY see such a transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    Sarah Esh - This transformation is amazing. Good work! It’s always so fun to pull out old photos, just so you can see the progress. I love how light and crisp and airy the kitchen feels now.

    Also, that Food Before Dudes sign is hilarious. Keep it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    Jenilee - Oh my gosh! This is so dreamy! Love that sink!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:03 pm

    Neelam - What an amazing transformation! I absolutely love the counter-tops!

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 2:42 pm

    Trish Mahon - Beautiful kitchen, the beams are stunning with all that crisp white Where are the shelf brackets from?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 3:17 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Thank you! The brackets are from Home Depot.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake - WOW! What an epic transformation! It looks absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:54 pm

    Heather S - I have to ask, where did you get your coffee mugs from? They’re perfect.


Pantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythoughtHappy 2017 friends! We enjoyed soaking up time with family & friends over the last couple weeks and are slowly easing our way back here to blog world! We can’t believe it’s already a new year! We love the fresh start feeling that comes with a new year and have slowly been taking down the signs of Christmas in our homes and getting spaces re-organized. Caitlin recently moved into the house she’s sharing with her cousin (that they’ve spent the last 6 months renovating – we can’t wait to share the space with you over the next few months!!) and has been working on the final touches – like getting the pantry and kitchen shelves organized! We picked up some baskets at Michaels to store some pantry goods, and added some simple leather labels to keep things a little more organized & neat! These leather labels are an easy, simple way to upgrade storage baskets and help keep you even more organized!Pantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythought @michaelsstoresPantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
leather suede strips
– scissors
alphabet stamp set
leather punch
– water
– rag
– hammer
– baskets
– jump rings
– needle nose pliersPantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythought @michaelsstoresHow to make it:
– Cut leather into desired shape/size.
– Dampen the leather slightly with water.
– Place a piece of scrap hardwood underneath the leather and stamp the letters.
– Use the leather punch to punch holes in the sides of the leather labels.
– Use the pliers & jump rings to attach the labels to the baskets.Pantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythoughtPantry Organization - DIY Leather Labels @themerrythought @michaelsstoresWhat projects do you have on your list for the new year? For more organization ideas, be sure to check out what the other Makers have shared here or on The Glue String!

Print from Chickpea Magazine

  • Monday, January 2, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Ivory - I love this! You two always come up with such gorgeous ideas. Looking forward to moving through 2017 with youReplyCancel


Printable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtWe love wrapping gifts almost as much as we love giving them! It’s fun and relaxing to take the time to be creative and make the packages as lovely as the gifts themselves! And gift wrapping is happening in full force around here this week. For those of you that are in the midst of the wrapping flurry as well, we’ve got the most beautiful tags for your gifts this Christmas! We were introduced to Jenni Haikonen’s artwork a couple years ago, and love her gorgeous illustrations. She hand illustrates everything from prints, to cards, to stationary as well as custom invitations & designs. We’re pretty smitten with her Constellation Prints and all her Botanical art!
Jenni hand illustrated these lovely Christmas tags and is sharing them with our readers for free! Just download the file here, then print, cut and attach to your gifts! We’re so thankful for Jenni’s generosity in sharing these beautiful tags with all of us – you can find Jenni’s shop here and see more of her artwork on Instagram (@jennihaikonen) as well.Printable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtPrintable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtPrintable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtPrintable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtPrintable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtPrintable Christmas Gift Tags @jennihaikonen for @themerrythoughtWe’ll be taking some time off from the blog for the next week or so to celebrate with our families and rest and recharge a bit! We wish you all a very merry Christmas! We’ll still be posting & checking in on Instagram (@themerrythought), so be sure to follow along there! xoxo


Favorite Things Gift Box @themerrythoughtToday’s post is for those of you that still have Christmas gifts you have yet to buy! We’re guessing that if you still haven’t checked off some of those on your list, maybe you’re short on ideas of what to possibly give them! Sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a real struggle! You want the gift to be well liked, thoughtful, within your price range (aka, not a new car, but hey, we all wish we had that friend! 😉 )…and either you’re fresh out of ideas, or it’s someone that you feel already has everything. So why not give them a few of your favorite things? We love this idea because it shares a bit of who you are with who you’re giving to. And some of your favorite things, just might become their new favorite things!Favorite Things Gift Box @themerrythoughtWe recently partnered with a few companies to put together some of our favorite things – and we’re giving away one of our favorite things gift boxes to one of you! So what are we currently crushing on? These necklaces by Madewell and a gift card for a free pair of Madewell jeans! We love any and all things by Herbivore Botanicals, our box includes Lavender Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray and Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap! These candles by Kindred Home Market are burning bright in our homes, they’re soy candles, and they smell so delicious – this box includes the Noble Fir scent which is amazing! And we think every gift box is complete once you add a treat or two, so be sure to throw in a little something to satisfy the sweet tooth!
The giveaway for this is happening right now over on Instagram (@themerrythought), so hop on over there and enter to win one for yourself or to give to a friend!Favorite Things Gift Box @themerrythoughtBrown paper packages tied up with strings…you can bet we’ve had that song in our heads while putting this together! 😉

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  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:52 am

    Beth - This is a beautiful thoughtful box and funnily enough I really have been looking at the herbivore range, but sadly they don’t sell it in the UK so it’s hard to get a hold off! also is it sad that as well as all the reviews it appeals to me because of all the beautifully simple packaging!