17 Ways to Add Character To Your Cottage

We’re working on the newly-installed hardwood floor in our hallway today….sanding, staining, sealing….story of our lives- ha!

I look forward to posting the before, during and after pics soon, but in the meantime, here are links to some of the other low-dough/high-smile projects we’ve enjoyed blogging about over the past few years:

Transom window project-

Fireplace makeover-

Wood walls-

Wonder wall-

Wood ceiling-

Taller windows-

MDF walls-

Taller kitchen cabinets-

Old door makeover

Refinished hardwood floors-

Hardwood floor staining-

Empty room turned reading room-

Chalkboard wall-

Mirrored closet doors-

Tiled wall-

New front door-

Screen door-

We’re a cottage-y couple, so each of these projects helped to make our house feel a little more like home.

Ooh! Speaking of working on our home, it’s time for me to fire up the skateboard again!

I’ve got 93 square feet of floor stainin’ to do!

Taco Soup - Katie's Kitchen
Flea Market Style - Summer 2012

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  1. says

    I’ve bookmarked this bad boy because I know when it comes time to buy our cottage, these will likely come in handy big time. I’m so jealous, doc said no sanding, fumes, etc for 30 days (25 more to go) so no DIY projects for me right now and I’m going through withdraw. Must live vicariously through you guys right now! :)

  2. says

    Wow! Most of my favorite projects all in one post! Thank you! 😉
    We are planning on doing two “wonder walls” in Jonathan and Luke’s room. I’m thinking of putting each of their beds in front of their own “wonder wall”. It will be a great way to store books and trophies, and such! :)

  3. Sherry Ann says

    OOh, great ideas. I am going to use the chalkboard wall and try to talk Mr. C into the fireplace makeover. Wish me luck!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Layla and Kev,
    Knowing you too just get down and dirty and try anything has inspired my husband and I on many projects. It’s funny now people say to us, “we wish we were that handy”. We always laugh and say, “we don’t have a clue we just try our best and you can too”. With out the two of you we would have never tried…thank you both:)

  5. Liz says

    Hi Layla,

    I am just compelled to write you once and for all. I see images of your creations all over the internet. I think I have a total design/life/cottage/cozy/cat/textiles crush on you.

    The things you DO are all the things I DREAM about doing…

    You are truly inspiring to me. You have amazing design sensibilities, and you have the knack to do things DIY style with cost in mind… It is so true money doesn’t buy you taste. You have it all going on for you.

    I am so excited to find the source of all of these projects I have seen pinned all over the internet all in one place. THE LETTERED COTTAGE.

    I think your husband intimidates my husband a little bit. Actually alotta-bit….
    Me: “OMG babe, look at what they can do”…
    He: “Uhh…. I could try???” ( he’s great about always trying :-)

    You and your husband are an inspiration to us both. You guys rule!
    Just wanted to say Hi.
    :-) LIZ

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