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Weekend DIY Projects: 7 Wooden Storage Solutions from The Merrythought

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Weekend DIY Projects: 7 Wooden Storage Solutions from The Merrythought

November 9, 2018

Manda and Caitlin McGrath, the duo behind The Merrythought blog, are scrappy women who are forever upgrading their houses without spending a penny more than necessary. Close in age, the two live in Western New York and are related by marriage: “We probably have one of the oddest/most interesting blogging partner relationships,” they write. “Manda is Caitlin’s stepmom.”

They share an interest in bare-bones wooden design, and a knack for coming up with storage solutions that they tackle themselves. They’re both also able stylists. Here are seven of their DIY standouts: go to The Merrythought for more photos and step-by-step instructions.

Photography courtesy of The Merrythought.

Ladder Plant Stand

In response to Caitlin’s growing indoor plant collection, a DIY Ladder Plant Stand.
Above: In response to Caitlin’s growing indoor plant collection, a DIY Ladder Plant Stand.

Paper Organizer

Manda created the DIY Wood Wall Organizer in response to her kids’ daily flood of school papers: “I think that might be the number one complaint I hear from moms when we’re discussing clutter and things they struggle with: All the papers,” she says.
Above: Manda created the DIY Wood Wall Organizer in response to her kids’ daily flood of school papers: “I think that might be the number one complaint I hear from moms when we’re discussing clutter and things they struggle with: All the papers,” she says.

She gave each of her kids a pocket (with instructions to weed out the unnecessary and the out of date). But notes that it’s also ideal, as shown here, for mail or magazines.

Peg Rail

A project that speaks to us Shaker peg rail lovers here at Remodelista: The Merrythought’s DIY Wooden Wall-Mount Rack. Note that they used basic dowels as hooks, but you could easily add wooden Shaker Pegs—they’re .60 each (25 for $14.25) from Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine.
Above: A project that speaks to us Shaker peg rail lovers here at Remodelista: The Merrythought’s DIY Wooden Wall-Mount Rack. Note that they used basic dowels as hooks, but you could easily add wooden Shaker Pegs—they’re .60 each (25 for $14.25) from Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine.

Not up for making your own? Take a look at Object Lessons: The Shaker Peg Rail.

Floating Shelves

DIY Floating Shelves are made from 2-by-6-by 8 pine boards
Above: DIY Floating Shelves are made from 2-by-6-by 8 pine boards

Standing Shelves

Manda and Caitlin describe their DIY Wood Bookshelf as “scaffolding style.” It was inspired by Anthropologie’s Toscana Bookcase.
Above: Manda and Caitlin describe their DIY Wood Bookshelf as “scaffolding style.” It was inspired by Anthropologie’s Toscana Bookcase.

Cube Side Table

Caitlin’s  DIY Plywood Side Table is simply an elevated open cube. She notes that it’s equally useful as a bedside table and sofa side table.
Above: Caitlin’s  DIY Plywood Side Table is simply an elevated open cube. She notes that it’s equally useful as a bedside table and sofa side table.

Toilet Paper Stand

Caitlin devised this DIY Toilet Paper Stand for her grandparents’ cabin. It’s ideal for small baths short on storage.
Above: Caitlin devised this DIY Toilet Paper Stand for her grandparents’ cabin. It’s ideal for small baths short on storage.

Feeling inspired? Peruse our DIY Projects archive for more ideas, including The Merrythought’s Simple and Elegant DIY Towel Holder for Under $10. And also:

And be sure to check out Your Weekend Project on our companion site The Organized Home.

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