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.

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What's been happening this week

Nov 12 2018

My Farm Fall Photo Gallery and that I made it to November!

Spiked cider a Bon fire and Someone to Cuddle with: Fall Photo Gallery. Autmun has descended on my farm in northern Minnesota, good company for the cold

Fall Photo Gallery. My farm falling into autumn and just the fact that I made it to November of 2018! I learned a lot of things over the last twelve months of my life. #1: If you want a job done right and on time tell a woman she can’t do it. #2: Its ok to be totally unreasonable and sometimes it is absolutely necessary. And #3: I also learned that the people who truly love us already forgive us for doing whatever it is we need to do to heal. Read More »

Nov 07 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #112)

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

So far we’ve seen quite a bit of snow but nothing has stuck yet! Its been chilly enough though that I’ve been happy to curl up inside and leave outside projects to next year. Welcome to Link Party #112 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Nov 05 2018

My Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up DIY Farmhouse Style!

My New Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up Before and After! Hydrangeas, antique glass cinegar jars, antique old mirror and coat hooks shabby shic country style

My outhouse reveal! After building my outhouse I couldn’t wait to dress it up! To be quite frank the last thing I wanted this little outhouse to feel like was an actual outhouse. (I have nightmares of the creepy, spider-filled, half-rotted places I remember using when I was a kid. To be fair it was better than having to go in the woods – but still.) I was on a mission to make it as comfortable as any of the bathrooms in my home. Read More »

Oct 31 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #111)

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

My favorite holiday is upon us! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween! Welcome to Link Party #111 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Oct 31 2018

Storm Recovery: Advice For Homeowners

If you do ever experience storm damage to your home, these tips are a good starting guide that should help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Living up here in northern MN we don’t face the problems with storms like many other places in the United States. Our main worry is snow and cold! Every year many homeowners this far north deal with freezing septic and water lines (even right in the middle of town) not to mention ice damns on their roofs ripping their shingles and gutters off. Read More »

Oct 29 2018

DIY Build Cornhole Boards – My first Experience with Unicorn Spit!

How to build cornhole boards with 2x4s and plywood, bags, games, yard games, use unicorn spit, dragon's belly, pixie punk pink and blue thunder stain

How I built cornhole boards and stained them with unicorn spit. I’ve been meaning to build some yard games for family gatherings, parties and birthdays held at my place. My best friend’s husband was turning 40 in November and we threw him a surprise birthday party in October. Why a month before his birthday? Because this is Minnesota and we didn’t want to be outside standing in a foot of snow and freezing to death lol And I don’t have a house big enough to really accommodate 100 people! Read More »

Oct 28 2018

6 Inexpensive Hacks For Your DIY Baby Shower

There are plenty of ways to throw a baby shower without breaking the bank. One of them is by planning a DIY party that’s not only affordable but also fun

How fun! The last baby shower I went to was all farmer themed. The ladies ordered a green frosting cake and then they DIY’d the heck out of the top of it. They added a whole stable yard of pigs and cows as well as a john deer tractor! Behind the tractor they simply scraped off the frosting (it was a chocolate cake) to make it look like the “ground” behind it had been tilled up. They also added large stuffed farm animals into the buffet to make it look like horses were eating the carrots etc. Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Oct 29 2018

DIY Build Cornhole Boards – My first Experience with Unicorn Spit!

How to build cornhole boards with 2x4s and plywood, bags, games, yard games, use unicorn spit, dragon's belly, pixie punk pink and blue thunder stain

How I built cornhole boards and stained them with unicorn spit. I’ve been meaning to build some yard games for family gatherings, parties and birthdays held at my place. My best friend’s husband was turning 40 in November and we threw him a surprise birthday party in October. Why a month before his birthday? Because this is Minnesota and we didn’t want to be outside standing in a foot of snow and freezing to death lol And I don’t have a house big enough to really accommodate 100 people! Read More »

Oct 15 2018

Solar Light Basket using Insulators for Hanging or Table Setting!

A basket solar light made with old electrical insulators and dolalr store lights placed in an ainexpensive Amazon basket to hang or for table setting

An easy solar light basket! I purchased several of these baskets last year for Xmas and made gift baskets for my guy relatives. I filled them with homemade chapstick, hand scrub, cuticle cream and coffee. They were a hit! I had one basket leftover which I started using as a caddy for dinner parties outside. I would put in utensils, ketchup, mustard, extra napkins etc. and that got me wondering if I couldn’t improve on the idea. Read More »

Oct 01 2018

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself project

Just a couple of weeks ago I fixed this old bench using wood putty and Dark Walnut stain. Of the three benches my grandparents made that I have this one had taken the biggest beating. But, with just a little elbow grease I had her looking almost like new again. After that I made a no-sew cushion for it complete with tufting and buttons! Check out the post all about it here. Read More »

Most recent from Before & Afters
Nov 05 2018

My Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up DIY Farmhouse Style!

My New Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up Before and After! Hydrangeas, antique glass cinegar jars, antique old mirror and coat hooks shabby shic country style

My outhouse reveal! After building my outhouse I couldn’t wait to dress it up! To be quite frank the last thing I wanted this little outhouse to feel like was an actual outhouse. (I have nightmares of the creepy, spider-filled, half-rotted places I remember using when I was a kid. To be fair it was better than having to go in the woods – but still.) I was on a mission to make it as comfortable as any of the bathrooms in my home. Read More »

Sep 17 2018

My NEW Office Reveal: how to create designated spaces in an open plan

My new Office Reveal: how to create designated spaces in an open plan, create office space in an entryway and dining room without closing the room off.

Making a new office, creating spaces in an open plan. With my becoming a single gal I went back to my old plan of putting a rental suite in my basement. But then I needed to figure out where my workshop was going to go! So I moved it to my biggest bedroom on my main floor but then I needed a guest bedroom so I lost my office lol. Read More »

Feb 19 2018

Lamp gets a country girl makeover using license plates! Before and After!

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

My new guest bedroom and library needed a reading lamp for the bedside table so, of course, I went thrifting! I found this little dude for only $6 and then went directly to walmart and found what I decided was the perfect burlap lamp shade. From there it was time to decide just how I was going to transform this little lamp into something country and fun! Using two old MN license plates I got to work! Read More »

Most recent from the Blog
Nov 12 2018

My Farm Fall Photo Gallery and that I made it to November!

Spiked cider a Bon fire and Someone to Cuddle with: Fall Photo Gallery. Autmun has descended on my farm in northern Minnesota, good company for the cold

Fall Photo Gallery. My farm falling into autumn and just the fact that I made it to November of 2018! I learned a lot of things over the last twelve months of my life. #1: If you want a job done right and on time tell a woman she can’t do it. #2: Its ok to be totally unreasonable and sometimes it is absolutely necessary. And #3: I also learned that the people who truly love us already forgive us for doing whatever it is we need to do to heal. Read More »

Oct 22 2018

Filling my Pit of Doom with Dirt… Just call me PACK MULE

Ok, that's what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. Filling a well shaft with lots of dirt before winter

Have I mentioned that I’m starting to feel like a Pack Mule? Maybe thirty or forty times already? Ok, that’s what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. So its not like I didn’t see this job coming before winter… its more like I just pretended it wasn’t on the way because… Giant pile of dirt is my nightmare. Read More »

Oct 08 2018

Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: My (updated) 1, 2 and 10 year plans!

When I wrote the first Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: plans post back in March I was SO excited to finally have control of my finances again. But, like with everything, the true extent of my freedom had not totally sunk in yet. I had just ended a relationship and was still finding my footing as a single gal. Well, I have officially found my footing lol 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 Home Tour
Aug 20 2018

Master Bathroom Refresh – Bohemiam meets Farmhouse

With a new rug, shower curtain, shelf my master bathroom refresh combines bohemiam style with farmhouse chic! Adding life with a double slipper bathtub

Master bathroom refresh for a newly single gal, how I’m making myself my own luxury retreat on the second floor of my home. If you’ve ever checked out any of my Inspiration Boards then you know I am in love with the natural look and textures of bohemian interior design. With both my master bedroom, and now my bathroom, my challenge was: how could I give myself the bohemian look while still staying true to my 100 year old farmhouse? Read More »

Mar 26 2018

New look for my master bedroom and a Rug Pad USA review and giveaway!

A brand new rug, a brand new comforter, two new lamps and a RugPadUSA Giveaway! Giving my master a much needed face lift after a divorce and a rug giveaway from Rug Pad USA. Two thrift store lamps and a refresh in a Farmhouse master bedroom.

I drooled over this rug for MONTHS before I finally decided to spoil myself by buying it! I lived with it without a rug pad for several weeks, putting off the purchase. But then Rug Pad USA contacted me and asked if I would like to do a review of one of their rug pads and it was perfect timing! (Thanks to everyone who participated the giveaway is now over!) With a new rug, two “new” lamps and a new comforter it was WAY beyond time to share with you my newest refresh of my master bedroom! Read More »

Mar 05 2018

Home Tour: Guest bedroom and library! Country girl style and comfiness!

Introducing my brand new guest bedroom and library reveal! Country girl, country chic, country style, farmhouse style, farmhouse girl, farmgirl charm with sweet and easy design, grandma's quilt in a 100 year old home, floating barnwood book shelves and a beautiful stained glass window. Home Tour

My new guest bedroom and library! A lot has been going on around here at Grandma’s house. Lots of changes. With the divorce final and so many hard days behind me, my cousin said, “I know you’ll be fine because you’re Stubborn and Busy.” We’ve decided that that’s going to be on my tombstone, “Here lies Tarah who was stubborn and busy.” And we have all agreed that my two grandmas would be very proud as they too, were VERY stubborn and busy women. So, on to the first of the big changes that I’ve been working on: here is my BRAND NEW guest bedroom and library! Read More »

Most recent from Link Parties
Nov 07 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #112)

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

So far we’ve seen quite a bit of snow but nothing has stuck yet! Its been chilly enough though that I’ve been happy to curl up inside and leave outside projects to next year. Welcome to Link Party #112 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Oct 31 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #111)

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

My favorite holiday is upon us! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween! Welcome to Link Party #111 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Oct 24 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #110)

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

Oh my gosh my back is killing me but I officially, finally, got everything done before winter that I needed to get done!! Welcome to Link Party #110 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Most recent from Free House Plans
Jul 21 2017

Free House Plan: Open home plan utilizing less then 1,100 square feet

A free and open house plan utilizing less then 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a great deck and attached two car garage.

They’re voting right now on the best Home Improvement blog over on Renoviso and I am SO excited to see Grandma’s House DIY on the list. There are some really fabulous blogs on there – make sure and go vote for your favorite! Now, on to the free house plan: I love the decks on this plan! And there’s even a little nook right where you walk from the garage to the house that provides cover from weather and some really great storage. Being a person that heats with wood myself I just drool over that much outside storage so close to home! Of course, this home has a great fire place in the middle of the living room. Despite that this place is less then 1,100 square feet I think it feels spacious and remarkably still private. (I hate those house designs that have the bedroom doors facing each other: its like EEK!) In this plan I managed to give each of the two bedrooms their own real space and bathroom. Read More »

May 19 2017

Free House Plan: Little Lake Cabin!

When it comes to my specific spot on the map in Minnesota when folks talk about going "up north" or to their "lake cabin" or up "to the woods" well, that's where we live.

When it comes to my specific spot on the map in Minnesota when folks talk about going “up north” or to their “lake cabin” or up “to the woods” well, that’s where we live. There really isn’t any “going up to the cabin” for me, that would just be silly, I literally live where a lot of people think of as a “vacation destination” of course it rarely feels like that! But, it is the truth, everywhere from me and north is pretty much tourist central and national forests. I live close to a little town of only about 3,000 people but, in the summertime, it is estimated our population here explodes to over 10,000!! A lot of folks don’t live here year around and there are even some businesses here that aren’t even OPEN year around. A lot of people who work in “the cities” dream of moving up to where I am someday and that’s what this little free house plan is devoted to: The Lake Cabin! Read More »

Apr 21 2017

Free House Plan: A two story single family country home

Free house plan of a single family, two story country home with a fantastic master bedroom, lots of storage and an open floor plan

This plan pushed me out of the themes I’d been focusing on in the past. I decided to try a slightly large plan with two stories that would fit a small family better then the retired couple I had been designing for in my head. Still though, like all of my plans, this one boasts an incredible master suite with a huge walk through closet and a shower and separate soaker tub in a spacious master bathroom. At nearly 1,400 square feet this is definitely a larger free house plan than those I have been doing that also includes a cute front porch and a massive breezeway that runs down the entire length of the garage and home. Read More »

Most recent from Contributed
Oct 31 2018

Storm Recovery: Advice For Homeowners

If you do ever experience storm damage to your home, these tips are a good starting guide that should help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Living up here in northern MN we don’t face the problems with storms like many other places in the United States. Our main worry is snow and cold! Every year many homeowners this far north deal with freezing septic and water lines (even right in the middle of town) not to mention ice damns on their roofs ripping their shingles and gutters off. Read More »

Oct 28 2018

6 Inexpensive Hacks For Your DIY Baby Shower

There are plenty of ways to throw a baby shower without breaking the bank. One of them is by planning a DIY party that’s not only affordable but also fun

How fun! The last baby shower I went to was all farmer themed. The ladies ordered a green frosting cake and then they DIY’d the heck out of the top of it. They added a whole stable yard of pigs and cows as well as a john deer tractor! Behind the tractor they simply scraped off the frosting (it was a chocolate cake) to make it look like the “ground” behind it had been tilled up. They also added large stuffed farm animals into the buffet to make it look like horses were eating the carrots etc. Read More »

Oct 21 2018

7 Interior Design Trends to Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

7 Interior Design Trends to Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays Whether you are going to be making the traditional Thanksgiving feast for your family

I am reminded of all the wonderful little plans I have this year for the holidays in Grandma’s House. I actually wasn’t planning on even having a tree (ducks as tomatoes are thrown at her from the crowd) but, of course, I caved! And now I am so excited for not only the tree but all the little decorations and plans I have to make this home holiday ready! Read More »

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