DIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtI’ve been thinking about making a new bedside stand for my room for the past couple months and this past week I finally put together this plywood table and love it! And you might be thinking, uh – this isn’t next to your bed in the photo… True! I’m also in the middle of redoing our front living room because we’ve been using the dining room as a living room since we moved into the new house and I’m in serious need of new furniture. I have been using my lap desk as a table next to my bed for the past few months and decided when I moved this one in that I actually still prefer the table because it’s slightly shorter than my bed. So I moved this down into the new living room and kept the lap desk upstairs. Down below I will show you how it looks next to a bed too though because I honestly like how it functions in both rooms!DIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Birch Plywood
Table Saw
Tape Measure
Countersink Bit
1 5/8″ Screws
2″ Dowel
3″ Screws
Wood Filler
-Sand Paper
-Paint Brush
DIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Plywood Side Table @themerrythoughtHow to make it:
-Use the table saw to cut out three 17 1/4″ x 17 1/4″ squares out of the plywood.
-Use the table saw to cut out two 17 1/4″ x 15 7/8″ rectangles out of the plywood.
-Take two of the 17 1/4″ square plywood pieces (these will be the top and bottom of the table) and pre-drill holes along the two sides where they will connect with the side pieces of plywood. Measure 5 1/4″ in from the front and back sides and 7/16″ from the sides and make a mark at these points. Drill holes at each of these marks – this should be four holes on each of the two boards. (Make sure not to use a drill bit that is too large to the screws you are using.)
-Use a countersink bit at each of those holes.
-Line the top up with the sides – so it sits right on top of side pieces as they are standing up – make sure that they are lined up perfectly along the side and the front and back. Pre-drill side pieces by drilling through the existing holes on the top through the sides.
-Secure sides to top by using 1 5/8″ screws at each of these holes.
-Repeat the pre-drilling & countersink steps with the bottom piece on the side that will face outside of the cube.
-Before attaching the bottom to the sides, (on the side of the board that will be facing inside the cube) measure in 3.5″ from each side at each of the four corners and make a mark. Pre-drill holes at these spots and use the countersink bit at each hole.
-Cut four 11 1/2″ pieces of the dowel – be sure to be very exact in measurements and cutting. If they aren’t all the same length, you’ll have a wobbly table!
-Measure to the center of each of the dowel pieces and pre drill a hole at that spot.
-Attach legs to the bottom using the 3″ screws.
-Now attach the bottom to the sides using the 1 5/8″ screws.
*Optional-If you want to paint the inside, this is when I painted mine because I wanted to leave the backside of the cube to be natural wood so I just painted the four inside walls.
-Lay the stand with the from facing the ground and lay the last 17 1/4″ square piece over the back lining up the sides perfectly.
-Measure 7/16″ from each side at each of the four corners and make a mark. Pre-drill holes at these spots and use the countersink bit at each hole.
-Attach using 1 5/8″ screws.
-Fill in over the screws with the wood filler, let dry and sand down.
DIY Cube Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Cube Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Cube Side Table @themerrythoughtDIY Cube Side Table @themerrythoughtWhich do you prefer the table in – living room or bedroom??

xo. Caitlin

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    Indya | TheSmallAdventurer - I absolutely love this! Having a bedside table is so useful, I could never get rid of mine, but I do constantly find myself losing everything inside the messy drawer, but you wouldn’t have that problem with this one! It’s still got a place to store things, but you can clearly see where everything is. You did a great job ☺️


DIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtSo I’m still doing more little projects for the new bathroom. Obviously it’s time for me to re-do another room so that I can move on from the bathroom DIYs! 😉 I’ve been using an old mason jar as a toothbrush holder for years, but I felt like with the new bathroom, maybe our toothbrush holder should get a little upgrade as well. I wanted something simple and made from wood (obvs). I had a totally different design in mind when we first started this, ended up drawing out 3 new designs, and still aren’t sure if I picked the best of the best. Confession: I’m terribly indecisive and I often have Mike remake things because I change my mind. Oops. He’s such a keeper for putting up with me. But know that I may be changing out my toothbrush holder on the regular and sharing new ones because we have about 3 more designs that I really love! 😜DIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtBut I do love this simple toothbrush holder and think it’s pretty cute sitting on the bathroom shelf. It’s also small enough to fit in our medicine cabinet behind the mirror if I decide I don’t want it left out. We actually could have just made this with two holes, since just Mike & I will be using it, the boys use a different bathroom (stay outta my pretty bathroom!), so feel free to customize as you wish! Caitlin actually made a really cute toothbrush holder for the boys years ago, but I pretty much just keep that for decor since I don’t want them ruining it with drippy toothbrushes and they also use the not so cute, kid-friendly giant handled toothbrushes that never seem to fit in any toothbrush holder. (If you’re like me and loving these simple, bamboo toothbrushes in the photos, you can find them here. I’m slightly obsessed with them right now).DIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtDIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtMaterials:

– 1/2-inch plywood
– table saw
– drill with 11/16-inch forstner bit
– wood glue
– clamps
– clear polyurethane finish
– sand paper
– 3/8” self-adhesive vinyl pads, optionalDIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtDirections:
Cut a 2-1/4 inch wide by 12-inch long piece out of the 1/2-inch plywood. Out of that piece, cut two pieces 3-1/2 inches long and one piece 4-3/8 inches long. On one of the 3-1/2-inch pieces mark where your holes will go; measure in from the end 1-inch and 2-3/16-inches and put marks on each side of the top. Measure in 5/8-inch from the sides to make an x with the other marks to mark the center of your holes. Drill the holes using the 11/16-inch forstner bit; make sure to put a piece of scrap wood underneath and press down on your piece while drilling to keep it from tearing out on the bottom as the bit goes through. Glue and clamp the top piece to the 4-3/8 inch back, making sure to keep it at a 90 degree angle. Allow to dry. Repeat, gluing the bottom. Sand as needed. Apply finish, following directions on can. We recommend at least 2-3 coats of finish as it will be getting a little wet. If your sink tends to be pretty wet (aka you have kids that love to make water messes), it might be good idea to add 3/8-inch self-adhesive vinyl pads to the bottom so the bottom is not sitting in water.DIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythoughtDIY Toothbrush Holder @themerrythought



DIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtLiving with a bunch of ladies, one can never have too many mirrors. We’re currently without a full length mirror and have resorted to standing up on chairs or pulling mirrors down off the wall so we can examine our entire outfit. Ha! I have another floor length mirror project in the works that will work well in our new space but I thought I’d make another to have around for the times we’re all crowded around the bathroom mirror together. Not that I don’t love our time together – it just gets dangerous with curling wands flying around while you’re just trying to throw some mascara on!DIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Large wooden doll head
-Triangle mirror (buy or cut)

How to make it:
-Mark the top center of the wooden ball.
-Mark out lines from the center that together will match the thickness of your mirror. (So if your mirror is 1/4″ thick, you would want to measure 1/8″ out from each side of the center mark.)
-Use your saw to cut out between these lines – going down through almost half of the wood ball. You will probably need to cut through a couple of times depending on the thickness of your mirror. I would make one cut along the left side of the section you marked out for the mirror and then a second cut over by the right side. You might have a thin section still standing in the center but you should be able to cut that out easily.
-Smooth down the center by sliding in some sandpaper that has been folded in half.
-Slide mirror in place – you want it to fit in snuggly. If it isn’t tight enough, you can always wrap a little bit of masking tape around the bottom of the mirror that will be hidden in the ball to make it more secure.
DIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtDIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtDIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtDIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtDIY Triangle Mirror @themerrythoughtAnd if this mirror isn’t for you, here’s a few more you might like:
Dowel Mirror. Plywood Mirror. Beauty Dock Mirror.

xo. Caitlin

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:58 am

    Laura - Love your pictures and the beautiful flatlay!!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:02 pm

    Natasha - So minimalistic yet elegant! Also, major kudos for getting so many photos without the reflection of a person with a camera in the mirror!ReplyCancel


Strawberry Banana Popsicles with Almond Milk @themerrythoughtNow that things are finally warming up around here (yay!! 🙌), it’s time to start enjoying delicious frozen treats! Because I have children, and because they’re just fun to eat, popsicles are in pretty steady rotation here during the warm months. I’ve made a few different “healthy” popsicle treats in the past, and I like to keep trying out new flavors to keep the boys interested in eating them. Plus I need to have healthier dessert options around for myself to satisfy my sweet tooth. The frozen bananas in these help to give them a creamier texture and I feel no guilt about letting the kiddos, and myself, gobble these up because they’re basically just fruit! They’re a good breakfast-on-the-go option too!Strawberry Banana Popsicles with Almond Milk @themerrythoughtStrawberry Banana Popsicles @themerrythoughtStrawberry Banana Popsicles @themerrythoughtStrawberry Banana Popsicles

3 frozen bananas, broken into pieces
2 cups frozen strawberries (I chop mine, then freeze for easier blending)
1/2 cup almond milk

popsicle mold

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Makes about 10 popsicles (in the mold linked to above) with a little left over to enjoy as soft serve. 😉Healthy Strawberry Banana Popsicles @themerrythoughtStrawberry Banana Popsicles @themerrythought

– Manda

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:08 pm

    Natalie Harney - Strawberry and banana always makes me think of summer. When the weather gets warmer, and there’s some room in the freezer, I’ll definitely be making a batch of these, maybes with some coconut sprinkles!

    – Natalie

    • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:28 pm

      Manda - Yum! Coconut sprinkles would be a great addition!ReplyCancel


Herb Compound Butter - 3 Ways @themerrythoughtMy hips don’t lie, I love bread, and butter, a lot. I’ve been wanting to try making my own compound butter – that’s just a fancy way of saying butter with some mix-ins – for a long time. I made my own butter with the boys a while back, so this was just next in line. And now I’ve made it and I’ll never go back. It’s really easy and really delicious. It’s a great way to use up some leftover herbs you may have kicking around. Or the abundance that grows in your garden this year; I’m anticipating stealing herbs from Caitlin’s new garden later in the season and whipping up compound butter all summer long. (That would be my entire gardening how-to post, steal produce from your family & friend’s gardens 😏). You can use any combination of herbs/seasoning you have or like. I went with these three because it’s what I had on hand/used a few of my favs (that’s you cilantro & rosemary). These are delicious on bread (duh, of course!) and would be great for veggies (can’t wait for sweet corn season!) & meats. Compound butter is also perfect for those upcoming Easter dinners & spring brunches, looking so pretty & fancy, but being simple & easy to make. And since I had so much fun making this, I’ll be sharing a post soon with sweet compound butters. Cause my motto for life: butta makes it betta!Garlic Basil Herb Compound Butter @themerrythoughtGarlic Basil Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
2 tablespoons basil, finely diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon olive oil, optional
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Once thoroughly combined, place herb butter on a sheet of wax paper and shape/roll into a log. Refrigerate until firm.
Garlic Basil Herb Compound Butter @themerrythoughtCilantro Lime Butter @themerrythoughtCilantro Lime Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
3-4 tablespoons cilantro, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon olive oil, optional
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
2-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Once thoroughly combined, place herb butter on a sheet of wax paper and shape/roll into a log. Refrigerate until firm.
Cilantro Lime Herb Compound Butter @themerrythoughtRosemary Lemon Butter @themerrythoughtRosemary Lemon Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons rosemary, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon olive oil, optional
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Once thoroughly combined, place herb butter on a sheet of wax paper and shape/roll into a log. Refrigerate until firm.
Rosemary Lemon Herb Compound Butter @themerrythought


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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Natalie Harney - This post speaks to my soul on a deep and spiritual level. I’m 100% a bread and butter girl and these look incredible, I’m just imagining that garlic and basil one on fresh bread at a picnic

    – Natalie

    • Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:00 am

      Manda - Yes, you must try it!! It’s so.good. And now I’m thinking my bread & butter and I should go on a picnic today! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:08 am

    Maha Khan - Wonderful recipe.I like this and I think this is very delicious.
    I am going to make this recipe for my family and husband
    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel