At Remodelista, we’re ever on the lookout for household tools that are plastic-free and pleasingly simple. Bonus points for DIY projects that fit this criteria and deserve to be put on display. Here are three examples that feel pleasingly summery (but stand ready for year-round use).
They’re the work of Manda and Caitlin McGrath who collaborate on the cooking and design blog The Merry Thought. Manda is based in Western NY; Caitlin formerly lived nearby but has since moved to Colorado. They’re related by marriage and a shared ability to pull together rooms with artful, handmade designs that cost very little.
Photography courtesy of The Merry Thought.
“I’m definitely one of those people who fully washes their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher,” she writes (also adding that she and her brother don’t have dishwashers). “To me a dishwasher is basically just a big ‘ol drying rack where guests don’t have to see all your dishes laying out on the counter.”
Find materials lists and instructions for each of these projects at The Merry Thought.
Feeling inspired? Peruse our DIY Projects archive for more ideas, including more favorites from The Merry Thought:
- Weekend DIY Projects: 7 Wood Storage Solutions
- DIY: A Simple and Elegant Towel Holder for Under $10
- DIY: Hanging Planter
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published on Remodelista in August 2020.