DIY Aged Fountain – How to Age Faux Stone

Easy DIY Aged Plastic Fountain - An Oregon Cottage

For the longest time since completing our herb garden project, I’ve dreamed of having a fountain to break up the wall space against the house where plants don’t grow as well. When we lost so many of our herbs this year due to our harsh winter, it seemed a good time to revamp the herb […]


Budget Curb Appeal Ideas

Budget Curb Appeal Ideas - An Oregon Cottage for Hometalk

Do you guys remember a while ago when I wrote about ways you could increase your curb appeal with a few diy projects? While I was emphasizing a cottage look (of course), the 5 updates I showed from our own house’s example translate to any style or location. Things like planting flowers, making your entry welcoming and freshening […]


Popular Brown Paper Flooring Follow-Up Video: How Are They 4 Years Later?

Brown Paper Floors 4 Years Later Video - An Oregon Cottage

More than four years ago Brian and I tore up the disgusting carpet in our daughter’s room and covered the particle board subfloor with brown craft paper. While we worked on it, we shot footage for a video so other people could easily follow exactly what we’d done. We thought a few thousand people might […]


How to Make Better Foam on a Home Cappuccino Machine

How to Make Better Foam on a Home Cappuccino Machine - An Oregon Cottage

This is a guest post from my beloved, Brian, who has gifted me with chocolate-topped cappuccinos every morning for more than 18 years. So, yeah, he has a bit of experience with foam, a-hem. Nearly every morning since our daughter was born, I’ve been making cappuccinos on a little home espresso machine. Well, to be […]


DIY Salvaged Chair French Bench: Video & Old House Journal Feature!

Video Tutorial on How to Make a DIY Salvaged Chair French Bench - An Oregon Cottage

I am beyond excited today to announce two things surrounding our popular tutorial about making a French-style bench from salvaged chairs that has been featured on sites like Apartment Therapy and Knock-Off Decor: First, you can see our DIY salvaged chair bench in the current August edition of Old House Journal!! I know, can you […]


Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots

Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots - An Oregon Cottage

When I was planning our chalkboard theme double graduation party I found pictures on Pinterest that coordinated with our chalkboard theme of painted terra cotta pots, which I thought planted with flowers in the kids school colors would make great centerpieces. The problem was I needed 10 and didn’t really want 10 small terra cotta […]


Chalkboard Theme Graduation Party

Chalkboard Grad Party - An Oregon Cottage

We had a special, once-in-a-lifetime event last weekend – a double graduation party! Our daughter graduated from high school and our son graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. We hosted 60 family and friends for a backyard bbq to celebrate their accomplishments and I had some fun using ideas from Pinterest […]


DIY Tufted French Mattress Cushion {Ballard Catalog Knockoff}

DIY Tufted French Mattress Cushion and Salvaged Bench - An Oregon Cottage

I’m SO excited to finally be able to share this tufted French mattress cushion I made with you, because it’s been 2 years in the making. Yes, really. It was in the plan back when we completed our French-style bench out of a pair of broken chairs (because that was inspired by this Ballard Designs bench […]


Updated Spring Decor {& Simple 10-Minute Terrarium!}

10-Minute Terrarium at 1 day and 6 weeks - An Oregon Cottage

Now that Easter is over I really couldn’t wait to put away the egg-themed pastel things I experimented with and update our spring decor. It’s okay for awhile – I just don’t want too much of it, you know? I enjoy pastels when they come in the form of flowers, otherwise I’m pretty much a […]


Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner

How to Make an Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner - An Oregon Cottage

Are you ready to make a super easy spring banner (or garland – have any idea what the difference is?) from upholstery webbing and chipboard letters like I promised after sharing our spring mantel last week? Seriously, if I were to have a specialty here on the blog, it would be quick & painless crafts […]


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