2013 Top DIY & Gardening Projects

Here we are at the end of another year – can you believe it? One of the things I enjoy about the turn of another calendar year is looking back at the previous year to see what’s been accomplished, what I learned, and what I still have (actually would like) to do. So this week on AOC is all that: looking at the top posts here in 2013, revisiting the goals I made last January and then looking forward to 2014.

And if you’re reading a lot of blogs and seeing a lot of lists like this, you might wonder what’s in it for you – so here is what I hope you might enjoy about this end-of-year ritual (which we’ve done in 2010, 20112012 & 2013):

  • Find some popular articles here that you might have missed
  • Be inspired to make or do something that I’ve posted (always one of my biggest motivations for writing!)
  • Be inspired to make goals & dream
  • Realize it’s okay to not meet all those goals, ha!

Top 10 DIY & Gardening Projects of 2013 - An Oregon Cottage

So, today I’m sharing our most popular diy & gardening related posts written in 2013 (you can find 2012’s most popular diy posts here, 2011’s here, and 2010’s here). I’m starting with number 10 and working my way to the biggest diy post of the year – I hope you will chime in by letting me know which of these where your favorites in the comments – or if yours didn’t make the list!

An Oregon Cottage’s 2013 Top DIY & Gardening Posts:

How to Easily Ripen End-of-Season Tomatoes :: An Oregon Cottage

10. How to Easily Ripen Tomatoes at the End of the Season

Fall 2013 Mantel: Burlap-White-Gold :: An Oregon Cottage

9. Burlap, White & Gold Fall Mantel

DIY Thrifted Canvas Word Art - An Oregon Cottage

8. DIY Thrifted Canvas Word Art

Easily Restored Antique Dresser - An Oregon Cottage

7. Easy DIY Antique Dresser Restoration

Master Bedroom Plan-ORC :: An Oregon Cottage

6. The Master Bedroom One Room Challenge

DIY Tiered Vintage Pie Tin Stand :: An Oregon Cottage

5. DIY Tiered Vintage Pie Tin Stand

The Easiest No-Fail Tried-and-True Shrubs and Perennials - An Oregon Cottage

4. The Easiest No-Fail Tried-and-True Shrubs and Perennials

Ikea butcher block counter cutting technique - An Oregon Cottage

3. Ikea Butcher Block Counter Cutting Technique {Video}

How to turn a vintage window into a mirror - An Oregon Cottage

2. How to Turn a Vintage Window Into a Mirror

And the #1 DIY post for 2013 was….

Salvaged Wood-Ikea Trestle Leg Desk

1. How to Make a Desk with Ikea Trestle Legs and A Salvaged Wood Top

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  1. says

    What a great line-up, Jami! You know, I love your gardening posts the most. So my favorite are the Tuesday Garden Party posts. But, I did really enjoyed reading about your trip to Greece this year, too. :-) Happy New Year to you! I’m looking forward to the start of TGP again.

  2. Jan says

    Just found your blog today, and I LOVE it! :). Your garden is so pretty, and I love the recipes! :). As a tween, most people think I’m a little odd for liking cooking and the like so much, but I do. And thank you for this blog! Can’t wait to try out some of the recipes!

    • says

      Wow, Jan, I’m honored that you like the blog and are finding useful things here!! And I think it’s terrific that you like to cook – it seems to be dying out among younger people, so I’m glad to know you aren’t one of them. 😉 Please feel free to ask any question you have!

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