Grandma's House DIY

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My name is Tarah and there is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down. I'm devoted to self reliance, do it yourself, refinishing old furniture, re-purposing old pieces or building it from scratch instead of buying new and saving money every step of the way!

Find out more about me, how I renovated my Grandparents’ 100 year old farm house and how I am a total DIY fanatic by checking out The story behind my Storyhardt Farm. Or, you might also like my weekly DIY newsletter to keep up to date on all my recent projects and tutorials.

Weekly DIY Newsletter

What's been happening this week

Oct 23 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #162)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Hey guys well as far as northern MN weather goes we still seem to somehow be putting off the inevitable. No snow that has stuck YET! Currently I’m looking at an almost unbelievable weekend of sunshine and 60 degrees. That sure would be wonderful but I’ll believe it when I see it lol. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 22 2019

Turn Your Garage Into A Living Space

Putting up fiberglass insulation in all of the walls of my garage on one very hot day and regretting it. Finally getting my garage insulated!

This post reminds me how badly I STILL need to declutter my garage even after the hours I spent out there working on it this summer. There’s nothing like finishing an unfinished building to make a chick want to just keep purging the crap she’s collected over the years. Though I never plan on my garage becoming a four season living space like this post suggests I still totally plan to rock it in my garage all summer long! (What amazes me though is that there are people even living in my neck of the woods who chose to convert their garages and NOT use them to protect their vehicles in the winter, which is just crazy to me!) Read More »

Oct 22 2019

4 Tips to Make Moving Furniture a Breeze

Before and after walnut dresser refinish, stained black and with new hardware an old dresser gets a whole new life, diy, wood working, tutorial, sand paper

It probably won’t surprise any of you to hear that I’ve moved A LOT of heavy furniture (and other things…) in my life and have totally suffered the consequences. I’m pretty darned little when faced with a dresser that literally weighs more than I do. One thing about doing a certain amount of hauling though is you do get better at it! I’ve learned how to distribute the weight of the object as well as my own and I’ve also learned the vital importance of leverage. I’ve also learned when to call in help because injuring myself is just not something I want to do again! Read More »

Oct 20 2019

My Garage: Screen door, solar lit path and Insulating my stock tank

Installing a new screen door on the side of my garage, digging a weedless solar lit path and using pallets to turn my stock tank into an insulated bench!

Outside my garage there is actually quite a bit to do so this is just the tip of the ice berg but getting this done really made me feel like I was getting somewhere! This old screen door of mine was here when I moved in. I made it a little bigger and painted it red for my deck a couple years ago but once I purchased the magnetic screen doors for the rest of my deck doors it was time for this old door to get replaced too! That left it for me to use on my garage so it all worked out! Read More »

Oct 18 2019

Going Green: 3 Ways to Make Your Home More Environmentally-Friendly

Being a landlord isn’t about collecting rent; it involves committing time and money to not only your own property, here are some helpful tools and resources

As most of you know I’m not “going green” I am pretty much “gone green” in my home at least within reason lol I still use plastic bags and paper towels from time to time and I don’t always remember to take my fabric grocery bags into the store with me etc. (To be fair though every plastic bag I bring home I reuse.) As for cleaning products in my home there I went green years upon years ago and I make all of my own hand soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, lotions, all household cleaners etc. In that case it was more because of my sensitive skin but you know one incredibly awesome perk I’ve found with going green? It’s save me a TON of money! Read More »

Oct 16 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #161)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well we did see some snow this weekend but only a few hours from me they got over 2 feet in North Dakota! As for us we only saw a couple of inches that are already long gone so *crosses fingers* its looking like we’re gonna get some more fall weather before winter settles in! Make sure and check out the Rain Chain giveaway I’ve got going on right now, its open until next Monday so there’s time to enter. If you have trouble entering your email just mention it in a comment and I’ll make sure you’re on the giveaway list. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 13 2019

Rain Chains Direct – Sign up for the Giveaway! I LOVE mine!

Rain Chains Direct Giveaway. Giving away two high quality rain chains for your home, come check out mine, it looks so cool, I am totally in love with it!

By some kind of coincidence I had literally just added a rain chain to my Amazon wishlist when I spotted this amazing one from Rain Chains Direct. I made my own gutters years ago using PVC pipe and they work great except this one end where the water comes out was giving my garden beneath it a beating every time it stormed. I thought about adding a down spout but those darned things are just ugly in my opinion. Then I spotted some amazing rain chains online and thought: That might work! Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Oct 20 2019

My Garage: Screen door, solar lit path and Insulating my stock tank

Installing a new screen door on the side of my garage, digging a weedless solar lit path and using pallets to turn my stock tank into an insulated bench!

Outside my garage there is actually quite a bit to do so this is just the tip of the ice berg but getting this done really made me feel like I was getting somewhere! This old screen door of mine was here when I moved in. I made it a little bigger and painted it red for my deck a couple years ago but once I purchased the magnetic screen doors for the rest of my deck doors it was time for this old door to get replaced too! That left it for me to use on my garage so it all worked out! Read More »

Sep 22 2019

Livestock Mats – An incredibly overqualified area rug for my garage!

Using very heavy livestock mats to make a very over qualified area rug in the back of my garage. Horse stalls, underfoot mat for over concrete.

(Adding the most overqualified area rug ever to my garage using eight livestock mats.) Disorder, things not being in their place or unfinished or disorganized clutter will eventually drive me totally and completely NUTS. My garage being the disaster its been for five years now has slowly been chipping away at my sanity. This spring I tackled it long before our snow was gone, making a giant pile in the center of it of all of my furniture and hauling another dozen bags of trash to the dump. Getting everything off of my walls took SIX DIFFERENT BITS on my impact driver oh and there were nails too! The sheer ridiculous randomness of it all left me just FURIOUS. Read More »

Sep 15 2019

Covering my Garage Walls with Plastic and Bubble Wrap Insulation

Covering my garage walls with plastic and then bubble wrap insulation with help from two friends on a hot day before moving on to hanging a door

With lights up, power run and the walls insulated my friend Rachie asked if she could come help me. The last job for “completing” my walls was first to cover them in thick plastic and then to cover them with the big rolls of bubble wrap insulation I found to use instead of foam board and steel. Its a long story: I couldn’t get 4×8 foot sheets of anything in my mom’s SUV and the steel I wanted to use for wainscoting was a loss. SO, after fully despairing and walking around Menards for two hours, this stuff was the alternative I found. Read More »

Most recent from Before and After
Oct 06 2019

Lace Doily Upcycling on my Radio Stand Kitchen Island

Lace Doily Upcycling on my Radio Stand Red Kitchen Island Replacing the fabric on an old radio stand with a lace doily and staples Antique Upcycle

Lace doily upcycling across the front of my kitchen island that I made out of my great grandpa’s radio stand. This piece remains one of my ALL TIME favorite transformations that I’ve created. Some projects just work! It was like this old radio stand had been waiting 100 years to be made into a kitchen island. It looks great from the front and the shelves in the back house all my recipe books too. During my recent kitchen remodel I did some surgery on it to work even better for me. Read More »

Aug 11 2019

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal! A Bigger Closet and a Bigger Kitchen!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal, somehow I took space AWAY from my kitchen and yet I ended up with MORE storage and a bigger feeling space! In this kitchen I will always think of my amazing Grandma Charlotte who lived in this home for over fifty years before me. I was thrilled that this old farmhouse could become mine and ecstatic at the notion of creating my very own farmhouse kitchen. This space was a VERY long time coming for me. I had no idea it would take me from early spring of 2014 until right now, to finally create and finish the kitchen of my dreams. But, ya know what? It was worth it! Read More »

Apr 28 2019

A Farmhouse Entryway, Office and Dining Room Reveal

Before and after of my multi functional entry and dining room that is also now doubling as my office and mudroom too! See how I transformed this space

I should have posted a reveal of my entry way back when I first “completed” it in 2016. But, honestly, it never felt truly “done” until now. The wood stove happened and the entire room needed to be repainted because of smoke damage and then, because I had it cleared out I went ahead and gave my floors some TLC too. Finally though I was able to take my time and put it all back together again! Read More »

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Sep 29 2019

The Last Harvest – Pickles, Pellets, Hay and Cooler Days

Saying goodbye to summer, embracing cooler days, harvest, pickle, harvesting the last of my garden and preparing for winter with hay and pellets

The last harvest. September for us Minnesotans is about winding down and truly preparing ourselves for winter. Most of my family and friends think I hate winter. But that’s not exactly the case, I just really LOVE summer! And after shoveling snow for six months last winter I can honestly say that I did not look forward to September this year at all. Nor did I look forward to filling my closets with pellets for my stove. Or filling my horse shed with hay. Or harvesting the last of my garden. Read More »

Aug 25 2019

Updating my Horse Shed – The Dog Days of Summer Winding Down

Updating my Horse Shed - The Dog Days of Summer Winding Down. Adding a wall of plywood, shelves and hay storage for my horse shed along with a solar light!

Updating my horse shed with plywood, a solar light and shelf and my tiger lily photo gallery! With August sliding away I am thinking along with the rest of my fellow Minnesotans: Where the heck did summer go?! August has always been my favorite month of the year. Maybe because I was born in February I am cold blooded – I wish I could take a heat lamp everywhere with me like I’m an iguana. There is literally nothing I hate more on this planet than air conditioning and, considering we shoveled snow for 6 months this last winter, I think my feelings are quite reasonable. Read More »

Jul 28 2019

Summer Planning for Winter and My GLORIOUS Peonies and Gardens!

Summer vegetable garden and updates on the farm, eating dinner in the garden, blooming perenials of every kind and a ton of peony, peonies, blossom, bloom!

2019 Summer Updates – one happily tired girl reporting in! We have landed in the time of year now when all of us Minnesotans have to start thinking about winter… in JULY! Its a travesty! When I got the letter reminding me that it was time to buy pellets for my stove I just wanted to sit on the ground and throw a tantrum. Not long after that I got the call from my hay guy letting me know he would be dropping off my horses winter hay soon. There was no denying it at that point but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it! Read More »

Most recent from Home Tour
Aug 11 2019

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal! A Bigger Closet and a Bigger Kitchen!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal, somehow I took space AWAY from my kitchen and yet I ended up with MORE storage and a bigger feeling space! In this kitchen I will always think of my amazing Grandma Charlotte who lived in this home for over fifty years before me. I was thrilled that this old farmhouse could become mine and ecstatic at the notion of creating my very own farmhouse kitchen. This space was a VERY long time coming for me. I had no idea it would take me from early spring of 2014 until right now, to finally create and finish the kitchen of my dreams. But, ya know what? It was worth it! Read More »

Apr 28 2019

A Farmhouse Entryway, Office and Dining Room Reveal

Before and after of my multi functional entry and dining room that is also now doubling as my office and mudroom too! See how I transformed this space

I should have posted a reveal of my entry way back when I first “completed” it in 2016. But, honestly, it never felt truly “done” until now. The wood stove happened and the entire room needed to be repainted because of smoke damage and then, because I had it cleared out I went ahead and gave my floors some TLC too. Finally though I was able to take my time and put it all back together again! Read More »

Mar 24 2019

My Laundry Room Reveal – How one gorgeous table cloth started it all!

Finally we have come to my reveal of my new laundry room! Yep, I am not longer calling it a closet - I believe this space deserves to be labeled a room.

Finally we have come to the reveal of my new laundry room! Yep, I am no longer calling it a closet – I believe this space deserves to be labeled a real room now. First I tackled the heavy lifting, recycling my old kitchen pantry here in several places, building custom shelves, trimming it all out and painting the whole room. From there I added some color and then, finally, I was able to put it all together with some serious organization. Read More »

Most recent from Link Party
Oct 23 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #162)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Hey guys well as far as northern MN weather goes we still seem to somehow be putting off the inevitable. No snow that has stuck YET! Currently I’m looking at an almost unbelievable weekend of sunshine and 60 degrees. That sure would be wonderful but I’ll believe it when I see it lol. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 16 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #161)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well we did see some snow this weekend but only a few hours from me they got over 2 feet in North Dakota! As for us we only saw a couple of inches that are already long gone so *crosses fingers* its looking like we’re gonna get some more fall weather before winter settles in! Make sure and check out the Rain Chain giveaway I’ve got going on right now, its open until next Monday so there’s time to enter. If you have trouble entering your email just mention it in a comment and I’ll make sure you’re on the giveaway list. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 09 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #160)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. I keep seeing this post on Facebook that I think is hilarious: “This time of the year my family and I play a fun game of how long can we freeze before we finally turn the heat on!” I wish I could share it but us Minnesotans have had our heat on for weeks now lol. We had our first major freeze awhile ago and its been dipping down into the 40s for a couple weeks. We also have our first major chance of snow this weekend. Fortunately though, its looking like we’re not plowing into winter quite yet and still have some decent fall days on the way! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Most recent from Inspiration Board
Sep 10 2018

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Inspiration board, wreaths, decorating and autumn inspiration for your orange and yellow with flowers and pine cones

Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board! Summer is absolutely my favorite time of the year – you will NEVER hear me complaining about the heat lol But I honestly think that’s a fact simply because fall and spring are such short seasons here in northern MN. Fall for us could truly last all of three weeks like our spring did this year! And that’s just depressing lol because that means we’re settling into at least four months of some serious cold and snow. Read More »

May 28 2018

Hometalk’s Outdoor Projects I Can’t Wait to Build! Do it Yourself!

Inspiration Board of Hometalk's best do it yourself wood working build projects for outside, outdoor, backyards and lawns. Arbor, pallet couch, pallet love seat, planter boxes, easy to do bench, potting table do it yourself, home improvement

Inspiration Board of the Outdoor projects on Hometalk that I’ve been drooling over! I received a comment on my outdoor bench saying, “You’re SO crafty, that’s amazing!” And I admittedly got a bit offended, eventually I just laughed about it but I’m not sure how I can build a wrap around bench for my deck and still be called “crafty”. I could’t help but think that if I was a guy she certainly wouldn’t have looked at that bench and called him crafty! I am a builder at heart and I spend most of my time building things in my head or drooling over outdoor projects like these: Read More »

Apr 20 2018

Let’s build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board!

Let's build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board! Wood Working, DIY, Tips and Tutorials, Wood Working, How to, Build your own swings, some out of pallet wood, some from scratch for a fun way to enjoy a spring or summer day in your backyard or on your deck! Swing Away!

Well now that spring has FINALLY arrived, my dreaming has turned to swings! Let’s build some! These are some of my favorites I’ve found on Pinterest and stashed away for a later time because, seriously, who doesn’t want to swing away a beautiful summer day? Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT feel that swings are for kids in any way. Many of these are very grown up swings for us “adults” lol Read More »

Most recent from Contributed
Oct 22 2019

Turn Your Garage Into A Living Space

Putting up fiberglass insulation in all of the walls of my garage on one very hot day and regretting it. Finally getting my garage insulated!

This post reminds me how badly I STILL need to declutter my garage even after the hours I spent out there working on it this summer. There’s nothing like finishing an unfinished building to make a chick want to just keep purging the crap she’s collected over the years. Though I never plan on my garage becoming a four season living space like this post suggests I still totally plan to rock it in my garage all summer long! (What amazes me though is that there are people even living in my neck of the woods who chose to convert their garages and NOT use them to protect their vehicles in the winter, which is just crazy to me!) Read More »

Oct 22 2019

4 Tips to Make Moving Furniture a Breeze

Before and after walnut dresser refinish, stained black and with new hardware an old dresser gets a whole new life, diy, wood working, tutorial, sand paper

It probably won’t surprise any of you to hear that I’ve moved A LOT of heavy furniture (and other things…) in my life and have totally suffered the consequences. I’m pretty darned little when faced with a dresser that literally weighs more than I do. One thing about doing a certain amount of hauling though is you do get better at it! I’ve learned how to distribute the weight of the object as well as my own and I’ve also learned the vital importance of leverage. I’ve also learned when to call in help because injuring myself is just not something I want to do again! Read More »

Oct 18 2019

Going Green: 3 Ways to Make Your Home More Environmentally-Friendly

Being a landlord isn’t about collecting rent; it involves committing time and money to not only your own property, here are some helpful tools and resources

As most of you know I’m not “going green” I am pretty much “gone green” in my home at least within reason lol I still use plastic bags and paper towels from time to time and I don’t always remember to take my fabric grocery bags into the store with me etc. (To be fair though every plastic bag I bring home I reuse.) As for cleaning products in my home there I went green years upon years ago and I make all of my own hand soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, lotions, all household cleaners etc. In that case it was more because of my sensitive skin but you know one incredibly awesome perk I’ve found with going green? It’s save me a TON of money! Read More »

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