Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

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The 10 design choices I made in our house that I LOVE

- Jan 16 2017
My top ten favorite design choices I made throughout the renovation of our 100 year old farm house

There is a real benefit to doing the majority of the work yourself in your own home – it means you get to do things that are not necessarily standard that may just make your life better. I was in charge of the plan and I was also the electrician and the plumber, my husband helped, but it was entirely on me. He tackled the majority of the gutting of the home, siding the whole place and building the garage while I was running wire and water pipes! Of course we helped each other along the way but my being directly in charge of what happened and when (because I was doing it) meant I got to really think about things like outlet placement and where I would want lights meaning: I got to do some things in our home that I absolutely appreciate every day and here are my top ten! … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: Stately country home

- Jan 13 2017
A two story stately country home with a true country kitchen, a covered front porch swing and attached garage. Free house plans and floor plan.

In this pretty stately home I nodded back to the olden days where kitchen tables were still very popular 🙂 Combing the dining room and the kitchen has become one of my favorite design ideas to save on costs and to eliminate the all-to-often rarely-used dining room. I think I still managed a kitchen however that is spacious, full of storage and open to the living room with sacrificing some division between the home. Lots of storage greets you when you come in from the garage as well as some half bath from the main floor, offering privacy and a nook for things like the electrical panel and water softener etc. In all of my homes I work to create “nooks” using every little bit of space possible, giving an out of the way place for a desk that is still a part of the main home without having to give it its own room. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #18)

- Jan 11 2017
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 #18! For those of you experiencing this worse then average winter (or, as the old folks call it, “The way winter was when I was your age!”) stay warm out there! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How we save $4,200 a year on groceries because: we want to pay off our house ASAP!

- Jan 09 2017
How I save over 4,000 a year on groceries, buying dried beans, using amazon prime pantry, eating pasta and never buying beef. Hunting and fishing all year.

Do you know how much you will eventually pay for a mortgage over a 30 year span of time? With the average interest rate you can get today on an in bank loan and on a thirty year commitment you will eventually pay almost double! I don’t know about you but I for one do not want to have to pay double for my home and, even it means living a little less comfortably, having an old car, or not being able to take a vacation, I will be happy to do that! Our grocery budget every month is only $150 compared to the average grocery bill for a two person household of $500 per month in the United States. All out Savings: $4,200 PER YEAR! (The following tips for saving money on groceries is all based on where I live so your own prices in your grocery store may be very different then mine. Go and look! Do your research!) … read the rest of the post »

Hello from the frozen tundra; ice fishing in northern MN

- Jan 06 2017
Going ice fishing when its twenty degrees below zero in northern MN, feeding corn to the squirrels and finding ways to stay warm in a frozen tundra.

At some point here you guys are going to get tired of my talking about our incredibly wintry winter but, honestly, its kind of all consuming. A friend of mine posted a meme on Facebook that read “only 6 Mondays until spring!” yeah, she apologized because we are actually 10 Mondays from the official day of spring and, let’s be honest, we’ve had snow storms on March 20th so it could be a while after that too! My aunt tells me that on January 15th we will be half way through with winter and that does ease the blow a little bit. It was -20 this morning when I got up at 8am and it felt like -37. We’re all sorts of optimistic up here and my father would say, “That’s why you people can live here!” Well, he’s not wrong. In conversations about the weather this morning at work I’ve already heard (or said myself) the following optimistic statements, “Well, at least the wind isn’t blowing!” “The roads are clear because its too cold to snow, that’s good!” “The sun is out and and its really not that bad when you stand in it!” … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #17)

- Jan 04 2017
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 #17! Phew… I don’t know about you guys but I am rather relieved to have the holidays over with 🙂 Not that I didn’t love the celebrating and love and time off spent with my family (especially my husband) but, it is good to get back to some kind of non alcohol added, non sugar dipped and non gravy covered normalcy lol. In light of the new year we had a smaller then average party last week but still there was truly awesome shares and it was hard to pick my five features! Hope you all had a wonderful new year! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Top ten posts of 2016 – Happy new year!

The top ten posts of 2016 at Grandma's House DIY, wood working, renovation, refinishing, before afters, tips tutorials, do it yourself. Happy new year!

Phew! I’m stuck between having a hard time believing that 2016 has finally come to a close and looking around wondering how on earth time can move so quickly. This was our first whole year together in this old farm house of my grandparents’ and our second winter and, though this winter has already been much more brutal then the last, we are much warmer thanks to a new wood stove and a lot more time for preparation. (It is amazing how much more time you have when you’re not renovating a house and planning a wedding!) If this year is any indication what next year will bring then I am very excited for 2017! And not just for us and our home but for this website!

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Letting go of 2016 – its a new year!

- Dec 30 2016
A new year at Grandma's house DIY, future projects, letting go of 2016 and time off spent with my awesome husband Joe, so much love.

In 2015 Joe and I “finished” renovating this house, moved in and got married in the back yard. It was a big year for us, most of the spring and summer is a total blur, I ran from dawn until dusk every single day. I will never forget that hot August, two weeks before the wedding, I was painting the kitchen cabinets I just finished building going over and over and over again what had to get done before September 5th when we would be hosting 150 of our friends and family. It was wild. I’m so glad I’ll never be doing that again but it did prove something to me: we are much more capable then we ever give ourselves credit for. Every year after 2015 is going to appear tame to me I think (and thank goodness) 2016 is no exception. It’s funny how we look back and think, “Did anything happen in 2016? What did we do with all that time?” Even though the one thing I remember the most was thinking, “There is never enough time!” … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #16)

- Dec 28 2016
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 #16! For the first time in many many months I took Monday off from the blog, instead, I spent it with my husband which, of course, was so totally awesome and worth it! Hope you had the opportunity to relax with the people you love this holiday too! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Inspiration board: Furniture transformations you have to see to believe!

- Dec 23 2016
Furniture transformation by some extremely talented bloggers that you have to see to believe! DIY, wood working, refinishing

It is absolutely no secret that I am a sucker for furniture transformations. I love remodeling, renovation and home tours but my true love, where my heart really sleeps at night and truly what I want to do when I grow up, is in furniture refinishing! There is just nothing like taking an old beat up relic (that very well might have been tossed by someone who simply didn’t know any better) and making it shine better then new again! Here are five of my favorites by some of my very favorite bloggers (make sure you pay them a visit, they have many more furniture transformations over at their blogs!) … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #15)

- Dec 21 2016
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 #15! For those of you that celebrate holidays this time of the year, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! And, for those of you that don’t have a holiday right now, I still hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m so excited to have a four day weekend, I’m definitely going to have to get on those doors of mine that need painting but I’m going to have to do it between the four Christmases we have planned! Happy holidays everybody! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

An old frame and chicken wire upcycled into a jewelry hanger!

- Dec 19 2016
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

I’ve been holding on to this frame since 2013. It used to be attached to this old dresser, though it was clear that it did NOT belong there and literally fell off into my hands. It used to hold a spectacular old mirror that was in tremendously bad shape and though I tried very hard to save it the shattering was just too deep so I donated it to my wonderful aunt for her mosaics. I’ve seen many jewelry hangers online made out chicken wire and it didn’t take me long to put two and two together. I have a jewelry box (like most girls) but like with any box everything in it gets all tangled up together and I’ve been wanting a jewelry hanger ever since I made my mom hers out of a mirror. So, I got to work! … read the rest of the post »

Old doors and the shocking cold we’re having

- Dec 16 2016
Very cold snowy road northern minnesota winter

As I’m writing this (Wednesday morning Dec 14th) the sun is shining with enormous sun dogs flanking it and they’re so bright it looks like we have 3 suns! The reason for the sun dogs is that it is literally only minus five degrees outside. That’s right, we have a high that is a negative number today, tomorrow and throughout the weekend too. Oh wait, its gonna warm up enough on Friday (a whopping heat wave of 10 degrees above zero!) so it can snow. lol wow. Have I mentioned I’m not a big winter person? Yeah, I can’t say that any of this excites me in any way. On Saturday we now have a low of -25 degrees! It could break a record! We’ve been hit so hard with such cold, wind and snow that the roads have been treacherous almost every day for the last month, I literally LOATHE my drive home from work and the fact that it gets dark at 4:30 now too isn’t helping matters at all… … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #14)

- Dec 14 2016
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 #14! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

15,000 Pageviews a month: How I did it in 1 year & how I do it every day!

- Dec 12 2016
How I took my DIY blog from 0 to 15,000 visitors a month in only one year and no budget, how I do it every day.

When I first started this blog I had already had my own little side business as a web designer since 2001. It kept me busy but being behind the scenes for other bloggers left me really unfulfilled… I wasn’t working for myself on my own project like I wanted to be. So, I started Grandma’s house DIY as most bloggers start: Without a clue as to what I was doing! Sure I knew how to set it all up, update it and keep it running smoothly but I hadn’t ever done this before! I read everything I could from other bloggers on how to do this but I never felt like any of them were very specific on a day to day basis. So, this is what I do every day that made me hit 15,000 pageviews a month exactly one year after I started blogging. (Note: I have never paid for advertising right now my costs are $30 a month for Boardbooster and $120 a year for hosting – I have a self hosted WordPress blog on Directnic.com) … read the rest of the post »

Renovation Flashbacks

- Dec 09 2016
100 year old farm house full gut renovation DIY, taking one small step at a time

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and stumbled upon one of my pins from what feels like a REALLY long time ago. The renovation is this big gray blur most of the time for me, I don’t think of it very often I think because my mind is still on the working “to do” list of what still needs to be done. We had a conversation at my day job the other day about how easy it is with projects (especially DIY and house projects) to build it up and worry over it so much that you end up paralyzed and not even able to start. This has always been a problem for me. “Fear of nothing” is what I call it. Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen? Going into the house renovation I had to pump myself up to the point of almost ridiculousness for fear that I would become overwhelmed and thus: paralyzed. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #13)

- Dec 07 2016
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 #13! You guys always impress me so much with all of your great projects! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How to: braid your own large rag area rug!

- Dec 05 2016
How to diy braid your own large homemade area rug for our farmhouse living room

Did you hear about that insane winter storm we got hit by a couple of Fridays ago? Well, it meant I was basically stranded at home for three days straight and I thought, “I know, I’ll make that rug I’ve been planning on working on!” So, while the snow piled up outside, I grabbed two $5 blankets and a big drop cloth I had purchased just for this project and I started cutting them all into strips so I could braid them. And I cut and I cut and I cut. In the end this project translated into two things. 1: Rugs are worth every penny we pay for them and then some and 2: I never want to do anything like this again. I foolishly thought this project really wasn’t going to be all that big of a deal and, in the end, it would be worth the $100 or so dollars I saved doing it. Honestly, I’m on the fence on whether or not the 40+ hours I spent on this rug was actually worth it. Do I love the rug? Of course. Do I love that I made it? Of course. But this was A LOT of work! … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: Unique cottage with old world Charm

- Dec 02 2016
Small cottage, free house plan with a master suite that has its own floor and screened in porch

This pretty little cottage was really my trying to go back to an older style and design. I love old farm houses (no kidding huh? I betcha never guessed lol) and often they have the look that they do today from multiple additions. My own home here started as a two and a half story five hundred square foot box, then the addition of the wrap around screened in porch was added and then, throughout the years, a bit of that screened in porch was enclosed and added to the living area at a time until it was all living space. This little cottage is not much different, it certainly has the look that it got at least one (if not two) additions added to it over the years. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #12)

- Nov 30 2016
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

In light of the holiday we had a smaller then usual party but there was still some really amazing projects and recipes shared. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #12! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How we save over $10,000 a year!

- Nov 28 2016
How we save over $10,000 per year on insurance, electric bill, cigarettes, smoking, cheap, save money, frugal tips, car maintenance, household products

I’m sure you guys have noticed that “frugal” is basically my middle name. I really really hate having to buy anything new and just the knowledge of how much we’ll be paying for our house on our thirty year loan in interest is enough to give me heart palpitations! So, I do what I can to help us live as frugally as possible in the hopes that someday we will have a little extra so that we can pay off our house a lot faster. With Joe just starting his own business we have learned to cinch our belts a little tighter and put off our mortgage free dreams for a little longer. But, I never give up hope, and every single cent I can save us helps us in the long run! And, ya know what? It also makes us a lot healthier as I have found, time and time again, when we make it ourselves (whether its food or cleaning products or really anything) it is almost always better for us as well! … read the rest of the post »

A thankful holiday and winter storm pictures!

- Nov 25 2016
Going from 60 degrees to a 50mph north wind and 16 inches of snow in 24 hours, winter is definitely here in northern minnesota!

Well, there really isn’t any denying it anymore: winter is here. I hadn’t realized how much I had been depending on the ten day forecast promising 40 degree temps until they disappeared and it hit me that winter is not going anywhere anytime soon. Last time I checked in was a week ago with a major storm looming down on us despite that that day it was nearly 60 degrees outside. There were several memes on facebook that were darned funny but my favorite was this forecast for Minnesota: “Expecting 1-79 inches of snow within the next thirty days… maybe… probably.” After all the hoopla I think we all kind of expected to get 1-2 inches and maybe a little wind. Well, it turned out that the weatherman was correct this time and boy did we get hit by a winter storm. The wind gusts out of the north were up to fifty miles per hour and, officially, in my yard, we got around 16 inches of snow in less then 24 hours. It was impressive! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #11)

- Nov 23 2016
This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Happy thanksgiving everyone, I so hope that you get to spend it with people you love and that it is a wonderful relaxing time for you and yours. Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #11! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How to clean and remove stains from an old cast iron sink

- Nov 21 2016
How to remove stains and clean an antique old cast iron American Standard sink with vinegar and baking soda, a fifty year old sink from one of my sheds

So, as you all know, I have been working diligently in my basement for the past couple of months. For the bathroom I had set aside my grandparents’ old bathroom cabinet and this gorgeous, ancient, American Standard, cast iron sink! It was in one of the sheds and though I don’t know exactly how old it is my guess is between 40-50 years. When I posted about our kitchen sink base, I had lots of questions on how to clean cast iron because, like this one, it was SO GROSS. So I rolled up my sleeves and took lots of pictures of the process this time! So, this is how I removed stains from and clean cast iron sinks that are covered in total nasty! But first, check out this amazing sink! … read the rest of the post »

Major blizzard warning and basement updates

- Nov 18 2016
First snow storm of the year, major winter blizzard in northern Minnesota, feeding the squirrels corn and basement updates

Well, it happened, we have a blizzard on the way 🙁 As I’m typing this (the day before this post will go live) it is 62 degrees with all blue skies and sunshine sunshine sunshine. It is hard to believe that we have a blizzard coming! We’ve been hit by warnings and updates for days now, everybody is just freaking out about it. For the record: no one is surprised, we have not at all forgotten that we do, in fact, live in northern Minnesota. However, it has been almost eight months since we had snow on the ground and this really is shaping up to be one ugly storm. Right now we’re looking at it raining Thursday night turning to sleet turning to what may be 6-15 inches of snow with winds up to fifty miles per hour all day Friday :-O So, yes, that means its gonna get nice and slick with every road totally covered in ice and then snow on top of that to make for just awesome driving conditions. I’ve already planned on parking my car in the garage Thursday night and having my mom get me to go to work that day, she drives a pretty little Rav4 that has a much better chance of driving through eight inches of snow then my car does. Yes, we are all still planning on being open and getting to work on time 🙂 … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #10)

- Nov 16 2016
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 #10! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How we saved over $70,000 on our renovation because: we want to pay off our house ASAP!

- Nov 14 2016
All of the tips and tricks I learned along the way renovating our house to save over 70,000 on the 15 month renovation on our 100 year old home.

With the full house renovation that we just survived Joe and I did LITERALLY 98% of the work from top to bottom. That includes (but is not limited to) fully gutting it entirely and removing walls/adding beams where we needed to, putting in all new plumbing throughout for three bathrooms and two kitchens, installing sixteen all new windows, four brand new exterior doors and five interior doors, building all of the new framing, running all new electrical throughout, putting on all new siding, building a brand new two car garage, refinishing the floors that were here and installing new floors where we needed to, hung and then taped all of the sheet rock and we did all of the painting and trim throughout. My estimate at the end of the renovation was that Joe and I saved over $60,000 in labor costs alone and another $10,000 on all of my purchases. … read the rest of the post »

70 degrees in November and basement updates!

- Nov 11 2016
November in northern Minnesota and two sinks installed in the basement

We’re having weather temperatures here in November the likes of which have rarely been seen. This is northern Minnesota, any calendar you buy for this state I guarantee the picture for the month of November has snow on the ground. This last weekend it hit 70 degrees! Weirdly it has made Joe and I both antsy, bored and almost crabby. What is it we actually want to be doing? No idea. But I think its the weather messing with our heads. Is it spring? Should I be planting seeds? I certainly need to be doing something if its spring! I have to admit that this just isn’t normal no matter how much I love it, I worked myself into a total stupor on Saturday and could barely walk by the time supper came around and yet I still felt bored and antsy like I couldn’t sit!
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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #9)

- Nov 09 2016
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 #9! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Covering walls with pallet wood: The basement bathroom renovation

- Nov 07 2016
Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

Hey guys! I’m so excited to show you the finished walls of my basement bathroom today! I covered them entirely with pallet wood and barn wood from our barn. As many of you know I have been working down in my basement to get it finished as a wood workshop for me and my number one goal was to spend the least amount of money possible. In an exchange we were given a pile of old pallet wood that my husband and I hauled down to the basement for me to start work with. I had a little extra sheet rock leftover and a ton of old closet doors I had no use for so this whole basement ended up covered with basically everything but the kitchen sink lol! During it all I saved the best wood I had for the bathroom, here’s my pile of wood and all of the before photos. … read the rest of the post »

Resources: Products I absolutely cannot live without!

- Nov 04 2016
I've had folks ask me several times to create a list of some of the products I use every day so, products I cannot live without at Grandma's House!

I’ve been often asked my favorite brands or tools that I use often here on my projects and while working on the house. Really, nowadays especially, unless it is clearly a cheap knockoff made of plastic, most brands will do you JUST fine. But, you need to take care of them, always oil your air tools every single time you use them etc. I empty my air compressor out every single time I finish with it and empty any moisture out of it whenever I need to. As always, with any steel product, it is moisture that causes rust that causes them to deteriorate. I keep all of my tools in a safe dry space. I have also been asked what tools a new DIYer should buy to have on hand. Well, that’s a VERY hard question to answer because it, of course, depends on what exactly the projects are you will be doing.

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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #8)

- Nov 02 2016
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 #8! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

How to DIY a florescent light box cover out of an old window

- Oct 31 2016
How to DIY a florescent light box cover out of an old window, a sheer curtain and 2x6s stained and painted, wood working tips and tutorials.

As you guys know from my previous posts over the last few weeks I have been spending the majority of my days in the basement. When the plan had been initially to build a rental suite down here (because the basement conveniently has a separate entrance) I had built a wall separating the main room into two living spaces. Since then the plan has changed considerably and this basement will now be my wood workshop so, one of the first things I did, was take down the wall that chopped the main room into two rooms. With the room wide open I started working on lighting because nothing takes a creepy basement into a real living space like light! I started by running a whole bunch of bulbs around the room (8 all together!) and covering them with mason jars like I showed you in my last tutorial. Then, I grabbed a florescent light I had replaced in my mom’s house and brought home because: it was free. It was missing its steel cover plate as well as a whole florescent light cover but I figured: light is light! So, I put it up right smack dab in the middle of the room where the wall used to be. … read the rest of the post »

Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

- Oct 28 2016
Basement renovation updates: The sub pump works!

The basement is really starting to move along guys, hard work does eventually pay off! Last I updated about it Joe was getting the bathroom floor fixed for me so I could FINALLY move the tub/shower back into its right place! So, two years ago, when I was building all of the walls down here I started with the main kitchen/bathroom wall and realized I couldn’t build it until I got the tub/shower in there first! If I built that wall, that thing was NEVER going to be going into the bathroom through the door. So, two years ago, I slid it in there in the only spot it could sit: directly in front of the bathroom door because the rest of the bathroom floor was all open for the plumbing: hence Joe patching it. So, all this time, over two years, that part of the basement has been almost inaccessible to us, we’ve been getting to it by walking through the wall in the back of the closet, then through our “utility room” and then we could get to the bathroom. It was a real pain in the butt. … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #7)

- Oct 26 2016
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 #7! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Free House Plan: Quaint country cottage

- Oct 24 2016
Free country quaint house plan, stately and interest, small cottage, free floor plan

Quaint free country house plan. I love how stately this two story turned out with so many windows and a front porch. It makes a really bold statement for such a small house! It is only 1200 square feet but could be comfortable for a small family or ideal for a couple. The kitchen is small bugoot smart offering a ton more storage then you would expect. I kept this home a lot more “old school” then most of my plans that boast serious open concepts. Instead, I gave this little home a real dining room, including a little separation throughout. This house reminds me of an older farm house … read the rest of the post »

Inspiration board: Hometalk paint and stain stunners!

- Oct 21 2016
Inspiration board, a collection of refinished furniture found on Hometalk that brings the paint and stain combination together in a stunning way!

Many of you know that I spend a good amount of my online time over at Hometalk. They’re so great to bloggers like me and I am endlessly inspired by what is submitted there! You guys know just how obsessed I am with the paint and stain combination and I spend a lot of my time drooling over it online. Here are just a few of those absolute stunners that I’ve found over on Hometalk that leave me totally speechless! … read the rest of the post »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #6)

- Oct 19 2016
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.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House we go Link Party #6! Last week went wonderful and I was so impressed with your beautiful posts! 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. (Grab the featured button following the features.) … read the rest of the post »

Jar light bulb covers for our basement!

- Oct 17 2016
Jar light bulb covers DIY with leftover wire, a keyless lamp holder and a big mason jar for easy, cheap, inexpensive, basement lighting.

If you’ve been following along lately you know that I am slowly hacking away at finishing our basement into my workshop. Two things you need to know about this situation before I proceed with this tutorial: #1 I am doing everything as inexpensively as possible with little to no regard for how things might “look” and #2 There is little to nothing here that I am doing conventionally and I know well that some people might think it looks “weird” and I’m ok with that! 🙂 Anyway, my basement needed one thing first and foremost before I could start work on it at all. LIGHT! Up until I started in on this job I had three bare bulbs wired up down there because we had to have something but they were really adding to the creepiness factor. It was time to light this basement up like a Christmas tree! Problem was though – I had no budget to do it! So, I went to the drawing board to make my own jar lights. … read the rest of the post »

A date to the pumpkin patch and basement updates!

- Oct 14 2016
Don't let anyone ever tell you that you're too old to go the pumpkin patch, on the hay ride or through the corn maze. Fall in Minnesota.

Well there is absolutely no denying it anymore: Fall is here. Fall is SO very here and leaving as quickly as it came. We are now living with consistent frost advisories and two days of what we have to admit was literal snow falling from the sky. If I had known fall was only going to last two weeks I would have taken more pictures! But, like normal in northern Minnesota, our weather is fickle and promising highs in the 60s in just a couple of days. When they did a poll of Minnesotans on when we would be ok with it snowing most folks said mid December and I am right there with them! We don’t always get much of a fall and that seems like always such a shame when winter up here lasts so long. … read the rest of the post »

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