Grandma's House DIY

What's been happening this week

May 21 2018

Attempting to get rid of my endless lawn: An annihilation plan using clover!

My grandma Charlotte spent YEARS with nothing but a hatchet and straight up will power to create the 2+ acres of nothing but grass and giant trees that you see here today. One of her favorite things in the whole world was picking up sticks and mowing. One of my least favorite things in the whole world? Picking up sticks and mowing! Read More »

May 20 2018

How to Prepare Your Home for All Weather Conditions

Behind the scenes here at Grandma's house things have been very hard. As a writer I've thought about writing my memoirs, starting back when I was a kid and working my way forward but before I can ever start I always hit something that I'm just not ready to write about. Divorce

Up here in northern MN just about every choice we make on our homes is directly impacted by our harsh winters. How do you Prepare your home for such harsh weather? Well, for me it was all about insulation! The largest expense I made for this home was the choice of spray foam insulation. At a whopping $8,000 it is still one of the best choices I made and never regretted! Here are some other ways we can prepare! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy) Read More »

May 18 2018

6 Tips to Get a Small Business Off of the Ground – For Bloggers too!

6 Tips to Get a Small Business Off of the Ground - For Bloggers too! Starting a new blog or business can be a daunting situation especially if your budget depends on it. Choices like whether to get a loan or just work late besides your day job are big decisions that these tips will help!

As bloggers I think we have ALL read the advice to think of our blogs as a small business the minute we start. But it can be kinda hard to think of it as a business consider we’re often writing about our personal lives lol. However, I think it is important to take our blogs seriously and some of these tips are certainly spot on! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy) Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
May 21 2018

Attempting to get rid of my endless lawn: An annihilation plan using clover!

My grandma Charlotte spent YEARS with nothing but a hatchet and straight up will power to create the 2+ acres of nothing but grass and giant trees that you see here today. One of her favorite things in the whole world was picking up sticks and mowing. One of my least favorite things in the whole world? Picking up sticks and mowing! Read More »

May 07 2018

My new workshop relocation: Day ONE – Where is everything going to go!?

Relocating and redesigning a wood workshop, hauling tools, planning for tool storage, diy, do it yourself, relocation of a wood and tool workshop, future plans for how to design and organize a space to get dirty and truly work in. New workshop relocation.

Tackling my new workshop relocation, day one: making a plan and figuring out where my entire workshop is going to get relocated. So, as most of you already know I am officially a single gal and I am currently in the process of totally rethinking my entire home. It started with my new guest bedroom and library converted from my old office by moving my “office” to my entry way. That left my previous guest bedroom totally empty so, with the commencing of operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY I am returning to the plan of putting a rental suite in my basement which means my workshop needed to move out of there… Read More »

Apr 23 2018

Custom canvas prints with wall decals. Don’t throw away those old prints!

Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

Don’t throw away those prints that you hate, you can make your own custom canvas prints! With the divorce well behind me I still have a pile of shiiii…. stuff in my closet I have every intention of burning in my fire pit this summer. HOWEVER, I happen to be in a family of several artists and know full well what a pain in the butt building and stretching your own canvas is and how expensive it is to buy it…. DANGIT… *throws up hands in defeat* so I couldn’t just burn them! Read More »

Most recent from Before & Afters
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 »

Feb 12 2018

A little end table gets a full on adult country girl redo!

A little black and green end table gets a grown up country girl farm house chic style makeover with matte gray paint, shiny chrome knobs and a lovely farmhouse look for my new guest bedroom and library!

There are a lot of changes taking place here at my Grandma’s old farmhouse. You guys know now that I got divorced and that means new and very different plans for the whole house. My old office is now going to become my guest bedroom and library and it felt really important to refinish all of the furniture that will be going in there. So, I got to work! Read More »

Jan 22 2018

An old steel bed frame becomes a girly country dream!

Using a wall decal and some flat gray paint come see how an old, green steel bed frame became a country girl's dream, DIY, painted furniture before and afters, farmhouse decor, farmgirl, farmhouse dream guest bedroom and library

With my newly single life here at Grandma’s House I’ve been keeping busy and finding fun projects to look forward to. I always hated the colors I painted the furniture in my guest bedroom so I knew it was time for a change. I brought them back into more my taste starting with the old steel bed I inherited from my grandparents. I also got on the move with everything by converting my old office into my new guest bedroom and library! Read More »

Most recent from the Blog
May 14 2018

2018: Tackling my spring to-do list, a happy heart and very sore feet!

Tackling my 2018 spring and summer to-do list, cleaning out the wood shed, preparing it for hay and making a pile of trash to take to the dump. Cleansing my life with fire, purging myself from a horrible and toxic relationship by burning what he left behind.

Back in early March I wrote a post called Operation: BLISSFULLY HAPPY that detailed my plans over the next 1, 2 and 10 years. I’ve also been updating and tackling my to-do list for my entire home as I go here with the weather causing changes and adjustments. When spring FINALLY arrived I hit the ground running and put myself to work starting with my wood shed! Read More »

Apr 30 2018

Black and White. Old photos, my farm, my home, my heart.

Black and White. Old photos, my farm, my home, my family pictures throughout the last seventy years. My grandparents farm left to me in their passing has gone through numerous changes over the years from renovations they did to my own giant renovation to make this farm my forever home.

Old photos of my farm. The history here may be the best thing about living on my grandparents’ old farm. My mom’s cousin came and visited us and always our conversations turn to olden times and the old photos come out. Knowing so many people loved this place over the years and being able to hear their stories adds so much to my life here. We put together a family reunion a few years back and meeting family I had never met before was really cool but the neatest part was picking up their old family photo albums and seeing old photos of my farm! Knowing people I had not even ever met were sharing memories of this place from years upon years ago was absolutely incredible. Read More »

Apr 27 2018

Spring is finally here: This weekend at Grandma’s House!

Spring is finally here: This weekend at Grandma's House! Moving my horses water tank from the pasture to the barn, moving shelves and more things from my basement to my new workshop. Tackling my big yard plan and reminding myself that nothing needs to be done right now, I am literally without deadlines.

As most of you have probably figured out already patience is NOT one of my strong suits – when I want to do something I do it right NOW and with spring finally here I have literally had to grab hold of myself and remind me that: “There are NO deadlines! Stop freaking out!!” Of course that kind of pep talk only goes so far and I am literally sitting on my hands at my day job because being behind a desk just FEELS SO WRONG! Because, finally, after that endless ridiculous winter, spring is here! Read More »

Most recent from Link Parties
May 16 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #87)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage. Hosted by Tarah at Grandma's House DIY, Sheri at Hazel and Gold Designs and Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations!

Welcome to Link Party #87 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 »

May 09 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #86)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage. Hosted by Tarah at Grandma's House DIY, Sheri at Hazel and Gold Designs and Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations!

Spring is in full swing here in northern MN, last weekend I cleaned out my old wood shed and this weekend I tackled my garage and hauled three loads to the dump! Its like I have a brand new garage! Welcome to Link Party #86 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 »

May 02 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #85)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage. Hosted by Tarah at Grandma's House DIY, Sheri at Hazel and Gold Designs and Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations!

Welcome to Link Party #85 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 Home Tour
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 »

Nov 20 2017

Home Tour: The deck, my outside dance floor and living room!

A post revealing my deck, my outside living space and living room, my 700 square foot dance floor, how I built it, designed it and finished it!

A post all about one of my favorite “rooms” of my house: the outside deck and my dance floor! When my grandparents’ lived here this was their least utilized outside of the home – the only way to reach it was to walk all the way around the house! My plan to add this deck came naturally and was one of the first things I was certain I wanted to add and my ex husband and I built our deck together. I put in almost every joist hanger (all 8 million of them…) my ex dug almost every 4×4 post and we dropped the joists in together. From there he took it over and laid down every last deck board over the course of three days. With the depth of the deck 11 feet all the way around I chose to use 12 foot green treated deck boards that we put in as tight as we could together and then cut off along the edge with a skill saw. Read More »

Most recent from Farmhouse Hens Decorate
May 04 2018

Farmhouse Picture Frame – Easy Wood Working DIY Using Barnwood

Unique, easy to build, barnwood industrial picture frame with the Farmhouse Hens, how to build, diy, do it yourself frames for prints and pictures, woodworking tutorial, how to. Easy picture frame using old pallets for pics, photos or prints.

Unique, easy to build, Farmhouse picture frame. I’ve been thinking about a different way of creating a picture frame ever since I built a “typical” frame for my aunt for her birthday. (See that project here.) I wanted something easier to build that didn’t require mitered corners etc. I got to looking online and saw several gallery ideas using big pieces of wood, some out of pallets, some using barn wood and some using purchased wood that they built big backs out of. Read More »

Apr 13 2018

Two thrift store lamps, a glamorous makeover creating cohesion!

Two thrift store lamps from two different eras and places get new shades and a paint job that bring them together and create cohesion between them for my master bedroom in chrome spray paint and shiny rustoleum black gloss paint. How to, diy, do it yourself lamp makeover, how to

Two thrift store lamps get a glamorous makeover for my master bedroom! I found these lamps on two different weekends in two different stores and just knew I could make it look like they belonged together. Ever since I started working on my latest Master Bedroom Refresh (that you guys saw last week) it felt like I really needed taller and larger lamps to help balance out the headboard and the bed. After finding one of these lamps I knew I could find another that was similar and then I spotted it and it was only $3! Read More »

Mar 09 2018

Island centerpiece using milk glass with Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

Island centerpiece using milk glass with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate! Milk glass for a country chic and farm house style using some old and some new pieces to create something fun and beautiful. DIY Do it yourself farm house and country decorating and design!

Today with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate the project is milk glass! I had to call my mom in for this one because I knew she had several lovely dishes from my grandma that would be just perfect. With my guest bedroom reveal coming out earlier this week my thoughts turned to, “What could I setup to greet my guests in the morning?” Read More »

Most recent from Inspiration Board
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 »

Dec 15 2017

Nooks and Getaway Places: Pinterest Inspiration Board

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board, come sneak away with me!

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board. It has been a very difficult few weeks here at Grandma’s House, tailing the end of a very, very hard year. I will tell you guys why and what’s been going on when I’m able to get my feet back under me again. To say the least though I have found myself on Pinterest, looking longingly at a getaway, places that promise quiet and PEACE. See you on the other side… Here are a few of my favorites. Read More »

Oct 27 2017

Inspiration Board: Six more Summer Projects I can’t wait to build!

Need more summer projects for next summer? Table, buffet, porch, screened in porches, bench, swing, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!

Six more summer projects I can’t wait to build for us outside and out on our deck! Some DIYs and things just have to wait for some nice weather not only for us to enjoy them but for us to build them as well. Currently I’m sitting here in late October and we have a winter storm warning 🙁 So, hears to dreaming about next summer and all the things to look forward to building. I posted earlier this year a few summer projects I just can’t wait to build but I’ve seen so many build projects on Pinterest I had to share a few more that I can’t wait to build next summer! 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 Sponsored
May 20 2018

How to Prepare Your Home for All Weather Conditions

Behind the scenes here at Grandma's house things have been very hard. As a writer I've thought about writing my memoirs, starting back when I was a kid and working my way forward but before I can ever start I always hit something that I'm just not ready to write about. Divorce

Up here in northern MN just about every choice we make on our homes is directly impacted by our harsh winters. How do you Prepare your home for such harsh weather? Well, for me it was all about insulation! The largest expense I made for this home was the choice of spray foam insulation. At a whopping $8,000 it is still one of the best choices I made and never regretted! Here are some other ways we can prepare! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy) Read More »

May 18 2018

6 Tips to Get a Small Business Off of the Ground – For Bloggers too!

6 Tips to Get a Small Business Off of the Ground - For Bloggers too! Starting a new blog or business can be a daunting situation especially if your budget depends on it. Choices like whether to get a loan or just work late besides your day job are big decisions that these tips will help!

As bloggers I think we have ALL read the advice to think of our blogs as a small business the minute we start. But it can be kinda hard to think of it as a business consider we’re often writing about our personal lives lol. However, I think it is important to take our blogs seriously and some of these tips are certainly spot on! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy) Read More »

May 10 2018

4 Household Appliances That Can Grow Mold and How to Clean them!

When you think of mold in the home, your mind probably goes straight to the bathroom or the basement. Those are definitely the places where it's most visible, but it's also growing in all sorts of hidden nooks and crannies — including the inside of your appliances.

This article was a great reminder for me to go home and clean my Keurig! I love my little Keurig especially now that I’m a single gal I rarely drink more then one or two cups of coffee in the morning on the weekends and rarely ever during the week. Of course I purchased myself the reusable K-cups (check them out here) because there was something like 4 BILLION cups that ended up in land fills last year! I also had to take a part and clean out my dishwasher not too long ago and I absolutely could not believe the nasty mold that was growing in it – definitely something to take care of again in the future! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy) Read More »

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