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 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 […]


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 […]


Add Old-House Character with Easy DIY Door Trim

Add Character to a Doorframe with Molding - An Oregon Cottage

One of the simplest ways to add old-house character to a newer house is to add moldings to interior windows and doors that are only painted sheetrock. Well, duh – I’m certainly not giving you any new information there, am I? Why write this, then? To give you the permission freedom to go ahead with […]


How to Hang A Plate Wall {ORC Week Four}

How to Hang a Plate Wall- An Oregon Cottage

Welcome to week four of my bedroom refresh one room challenge! Since I realized last week that I wasn’t actually supposed to be showing you the room, but only the specific items I was working on (so that there will be some sort of ‘reveal’ at the end, duh!), I thought this would be a […]


How To Easily Repair A Round Post-and-Rail Fence

How To Repair a Post-and-Rail Fence

When we moved into our house eight years ago, it came with a post-and-rail fence – the kind with round posts and round rails. It was looking a bit worn at that time with some bent rails and moss growing, but all the rails were at least intact. However, over those years the moss gave […]


How To Make a Desk with Ikea Trestle Legs and Old Wood Flooring

Salvaged Wood Trestle Desk

This is a guest post from none other than my better half, Brian. I am not a finish carpenter – I’m not even a rough carpenter. So things had to be pretty desperate for me to decide I was going to make a desk for my home office. What I found was that it was […]


Easy Ikea Butcher Block Countertop Cutting Technique & Video

Dark stained Ikea wood counters

Here’s a follow-up to our kitchen remodel that we’ve been meaning to share with you that wasn’t covered when we talked about the kitchen remodel details: how Brian found an easy and accurate way to cut our Ikea butcher block countertops using a circular saw. We know how popular these counters are firsthand: they were never […]


How To Turn a Vintage Window Into a Mirror

seasonal mantels with window-mirror

Last year I began the process of turning a multi-paned vintage window into a antiqued mirror that I could use on our mantel. It’s a fairly large window and any similarly sized mirror I found was beyond my budget (yeah- usually close to $100). This window had come from a building recycling business in our […]


How To Dry Plums

how to dry plums

Of all the fruits I preserve in some way – freezing, canning, or drying – dried plums are probably my family’s favorite. They are simply a wonderful chewy-tart snack that we eat almost as fast as I can dry them. And they are NOT prunes – they don’t have that off-putting texture or smell, nor […]


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