This to me is my very best before and after when it comes to a save I made from the farm house. I would give anything to go back and get a good before picture of this beast. Why don’t I have one you ask? Because I’m a bull and I couldn’t wait to strip it so I just threw myself into the job the first chance I got and boom I had forgotten to take a before. Seriously, the before picture should have been taken even before we cleared out the screened in porch because this beast was not even recognizable as a piece of furniture at that point. No one knows where this oak dresser came from, nor does anyone know exactly how long it sat out on the screened in porch. Both my mother and aunt would agree that it had been there for as long as they could remember. There is a rather good chance that this oak dresser may have even been in the house when my Grandparents moved in in the ’50s. We just don’t know.


First things first I have to admit that I actually ended up NOT using my Grandma’s old mason jars for this project. Instead, I used some of her other jars that were much smaller and easier to get my hand in. You’ve probably already seen this project floating around the internet and pinterest, solar mason jar lights is definitely not a new idea. However, I had a bit of a problem with the mason jar solar lights tutorials I’ve seen online. Every tutorial I’ve read had you cut a square out of the lid and attach the solar light to the lid. This always bothered me, it seemed like then wouldn’t the jar fill with water and become all nastiness? So, I got to work on my own design. Why not flip the jars over and glue the top of the light to the bottom of the jar instead?


Welcome to the final wind down to our full kitchen reveal! You’ve seen our kitchen island (and how we built the butcher block on top of it) and our kitchen sink base. Today we’ll be moving on to the big post about how to build your own kitchen cabinets. The kitchen cabinets turned into my own little project, it was something I was equally stressed and terrified about and, don’t get me wrong, they are NOT perfect, but I’m very happy with them. When I get stressed about something to work on the worst thing is for me to have anyone around trying to help. (Sorry, Love-of-my-life, but, you know its true, I cannot be helped when I’m worried about screwing up a project.) So, I took several days off over the course of a couple of weeks to build the kitchen cabinets on my own. I figured, if I could build a wall I could certainly a build a cabinet! Right!?



Northern Minnesota fishing, northern pike, bass, feeding a snapping turtle by hand

Walter: Hand feeding a snapping turtle

Jul 28 2016

Scroll down for the video of Joe hand feeding Walter the snapping turtle! When you live this far north in the land of 10,000 lakes there are two absolute certainties in your life: #1 you actually know that, in fact, Minnesota really has over 11,000 lakes … read the rest of the post »

How to build an outdoor grill station with a DIY pipe rack, 4x4 posts, a black granite remnant tips and tutorials backyard how to wood working project

Grill Station – Tutorial build with granite and 4×4 posts

Jul 25 2016

First thing is first, I just have to show you the amazing grill station we had for our grill BEFORE I built this new grill station. Feast your eyes on this awesomeness! … read the rest of the post »

Free one story 1200 square foot house plan with a hotel-esque master suite, an eat in kitchen and a three season screened in front porch.

Free House Plan: One story with a screened in front porch

Jul 21 2016

This 1200 square foot one story free house plan packs a lot of wonderful things into such a small package. The kitchen, though economical, is open to the living room and offers a beautiful, big bay window for a large dining area. … read the rest of the post »

How to build an easy inexpensive galvanized pipe DIY grill and towel rack for outside on your deck or in your backyard.

Galvanized pipe rack for our grill – so cool and so simple!

Jul 18 2016

A tutorial on how to build a galvanized pipe rack for towels and utensils. I finished up our new grill station just this last weekend and a lot of the awesomeness of it comes from the project that was the easiest and took me the least amount of time! … read the rest of the post »

Midsummer in northern Minnesota, trying to fit in as much work and fun into every last solitary second, trying not to miss anything while still spending time together.

Midsummer in northern Minnesota

Jul 14 2016

I can’t believe we’ve come to midsummer already! Within 50 miles of where Joe and I live there is an event/fair/festival going on every single weekend since June came around (and several before that and during the week too!) and it will be this way until the end of August. … read the rest of the post »

Old retro desk gets black paint and chrome spray paint in a diy makeover to become our coffee station, before and after

A $5 Retro desk becomes our brand new coffee station!

Jul 11 2016

I can’t begin the story of this little retro desk until I explain first why on earth I need another piece of furniture in my kitchen. The plan was for the outside glass door there beside the kitchen sink to swing in … read the rest of the post »

DIY glorious lamp makeovers, thrift store lamps before and afters, inspiration board

DIY Lamps Inspiration Board – Amazing transformations!

Jul 07 2016

One of my very favorite (and easy!) makeovers are of lamps! I spend a good chunk of my time on Pinterest just drooling over them. I wish I knew now what I didn’t know a few years ago when I purchased two lamps new at walmart. … read the rest of the post »

Converting indoor wooden furniture to outdoor furniture for our deck with exterior primer, exterior paint and exterior sealant, diy.

Indoor to Outdoor furniture – I painted until my arm fell off

Jul 04 2016

Hey guys, I’m so excited to share our new outdoor furniture with you today! We have a lovely and enormous deck that I will tell you all about someday when we finish it … read the rest of the post »

When it comes to Minnesota June might arguably be the best month to live here, we enjoyed it as best we could by taking a harbor cruise in Duluth for some much needed R&R.

June in Minnesota and a harbor cruise in Duluth

Jun 30 2016

When it comes to Minnesota June might arguably be the best month to live here, it always goes WAY too fast and I looked up this morning and thought, “Oh my gosh it’s already over!” … read the rest of the post »

How to make your own mason jar solar lights to hang on your deck or patio, easy DIY, tips and tutorials.

Mason Jar Solar lights for our back deck!

Jun 27 2016

First things first I have to admit that I actually ended up NOT using my Grandma’s old mason jars for this project. Instead, I used some of her other jars that were much smaller and easier to get my hand in. … read the rest of the post »

Free one story small house plan, floor plan, house plans for free, country home with a great back deck, covered front porch and a deluxe master bedroom

Free House Plan: One story with an incredible master bedroom

Jun 23 2016

I’ve always loved the idea of walking in the front door of a house and seeing right through to the backyard. To me homes should be filled with light and nature … read the rest of the post »

How to convert old chairs into fun end tables and extra seating with barn wood and stenciling, make them look like old signs - eat, drink and be merry!

How to convert old chairs into fun end tables and extra seating – Eat Drink and Be Merry!

Jun 20 2016

When I was cleaning out the old play house and converting it to my new Tack Shack I ran into these three old chairs and a light bulb went off in my head. What we needed most on our deck was not extra seating (I was already working on that) but we really needed some end tables. … read the rest of the post »

Finding time for each other every other weekend minnesota cherry, apple, iris, peony and honey suckles

Finding time with each other

Jun 16 2016

I don’t like the term “busy” it implies things like “busy body” or someone who keeps themselves “busy doing nothing” because they simply can’t sit still. Though Joe and I certainly have a little bit of “simply can’t sit still” in us, neither of us are good at being busy just for the sake of being busy. … read the rest of the post »

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

Painted Rocking Chair – From dated to stunning!

Jun 14 2016

I scored at an estate sale a while back, picking up one painted rocking chair, another chair with a matching couch, two end tables and a coffee table for only $100 and, as you might imagine, I had big plans for all of it! … read the rest of the post »

Bed frame inspiration board DIY, platform, wood working, build, tips and tutorials bed frame.

Bed Frame Inspiration Board – Prepare to swoon!

Jun 09 2016

As most of you probably have already heard me say: I LOVE MY MASTER BEDROOM. However, I don’t love everything about my master bedroom lol, a DIYer’s life is never without projects is it?! To check out my master bedroom head over here. … read the rest of the post »

An old red bench makeover of my grandma's gets a thorough makeover with new wood, a few supporting screws and stain over the places that were showing, before and after furniture wood working.

I finally fixed my grandma’s old red bench!

Jun 06 2016

I’ve had this bench makeover on my to-do list for a long time, it holds a lot of significance for us as it sat by my grandma’s house for many many many years. When we visited her, not long before her passing, we would come outside with her and sit in this old bench in the sun and visit. … read the rest of the post »

Cleaning out a 100 year old barn in northern Minnesota and going fishing after working way too much on an entire holiday weekend.

We started cleaning out the barn!

Jun 02 2016

This last Memorial day weekend started innocently enough with no idea I would be cleaning out the barn. I had two things I knew I would get done (come hell or high water) and one thing I really wanted to get done but couldn’t do alone. … read the rest of the post »

Outdoor furniture makeover with red paint, two old wicker chairs get a bold new look with red paint and covered cushions.

Wicker chairs makeover in bold red!

May 31 2016

Last summer I spotted my aunt giving away a couple of wicker chairs on her Facebook page on a “first come first serve basis” I jumped on them! They were so darned cute I couldn’t help myself! … read the rest of the post »


Free House Plan: Serious out front with a Party in the back

May 26 2016

Hey guys I’m really excited to share with you today a free house plan I designed a couple of years ago. It is all on one story with two bedrooms ( a fab master suite) with a TON of storage and it’s only 1800 square feet. … read the rest of the post »

Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!

Homemade luxurious recipe for Body Butter

May 23 2016

I got to experimenting a couple of years ago, attempting to create my own homemade recipe for body butter. I knew I wanted to use coconut oil but I wanted to use the LEAST amount of ingredients as possible. … read the rest of the post »

The sad, tear-filled, horror story of our basement, how we wasted so much time and money for nothing and now have a new renovation plan for a workshop.

The horror of our basement – it’s time to get dirty!

May 18 2016

There is still a long list of “to-dos” around the house – hangovers from the renovation that I’ve been procrastinating on doing. Here’s a secret: I actually don’t really enjoy renovation. … read the rest of the post »

Minnesota perennial spring in a bounty of red and yellow tulips, walleye fishing and wild turkey hunting. Eternally thankful for what this land offers us.

My Grandma’s Tulip

May 17 2016

Many of you have read about how much I love my grandma’s peonies (and how relieved I was that they survived their SECOND transplanting in just a couple of years) but she also planted multiple other perennials about the grounds … read the rest of the post »

My Grandma's old Costco step stool gets a much needed DIY makeover, before and after using chrome spray paint and red vinyl to recover the seat!

My Grandma’s old Costco step stool

May 16 2016

Of all of the memories I have of my Grandma throughout my childhood this step stool seems to be in every picture I have of her in my mind. She will always be sitting on it, by her kitchen stove, whether a fire was burning in it or not. … read the rest of the post »

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

Inspiration board – Stunning Rocking Chairs!

May 12 2016

I am totally and utterly obsessed with old rocking chairs. They have such character! And, over the months, I’ve been stashing and hoarding them on my gorgeous chairs pinterest board! It all started … read the rest of the post »

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

Two end tables get a sweet country makeover – before and after

May 09 2016

The weekend before last I ran over to an estate sale not far from us and scored big. For $100 I picked up a wooden sofa, matching chair and coffee table, a rocking chair and these two end tables. … read the rest of the post »

Summer in Minnesota has finally arrived with tulips, honey suckles, peonies and rhubard

Summer has finally arrived in northern Minnesota!

May 06 2016

Well, finally, after several false starts I think summer is going to stick around for good this time (crosses fingers) we’ll just have to see, it is northern Minnesota after all! … read the rest of the post »

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

Outdoor sun loungers DIY out of old goose hunting chairs!

May 02 2016

Hey guys I can’t wait to share this sun lounger project with you! We have FINALLY had ourselves a weekend that almost felt like summer here! … read the rest of the post »

An easy going one story ranch, free house plan with two bedrooms and only 1500 square feet with room for an office and double sided fire place.

Free House Plan: An easy going one story ranch!

Apr 28 2016

This is a fun ranch free house plan I designed several years ago with economy and easiness in mind. My focus was providing a really great “walk through” closet/storage area/laundry room between the garage and the kitchen, … read the rest of the post »

Homemade laundry detergent saving us for $700 per year. DIY Make 4 gallons for only $3.50.

Laundry detergent – Homemade and only $3.50 for four gallons!

Apr 25 2016

I can’t wait to share my laundry detergent recipe with you guys but, first, we’re going to do a bit of a rewind to the exact moment I figured out that “normal” laundry detergents and fabric softeners do NOT agree with my skin at all! … read the rest of the post »

Inspiration board, gorgeous book shelves for any book lover or writer diy

Book Shelves Inspiration Board – To Die For!

Apr 21 2016

You may have noticed that I have a bit of a book obsession 🙂 I love everything there is to do with books and I’ve actually designed the interior layout and covers of 28 books to date and even have my own novel that I self published back in 2011! … read the rest of the post »

I was just nominated for the Liebster Award, check out my list of nominees and their fabulous blogs. Thank you so much for a blog award!!

I was just nominated for the Liebster Award!

Apr 19 2016

Oh my gosh you guys I was just nominated for a blog award called the Liebster Award! I totally accept!! Thank you SO SO SO much Grow Taste Create for this opportunity and nomination! (Pssst: Go check out her beautiful blog!)

… read the rest of the post »

After fifteen months of diy remodeling and renovation we converted our screened in porch into my office. Come and see my office reveal on our home tour

Home tour: My office reveal!

Apr 18 2016

Before we can truly start in on my office reveal we have to start by going way way back to literally the day we started remodeling the house. … read the rest of the post »

Spring snow storms at Easter in northern Minnesota and coping with the loss of our Mastiff dog Diesel

What a Minnesota Spring looks like (hint: white stuff everywhere)

Apr 14 2016

So I had been planning this blog post about Easter during a typical Minnesota spring and everything that was going on with us when Diesel passed away . . . So, we’re going to rewind just a tad and talk about our Easter weekend. … read the rest of the post »

Easy inexpensive cheap DIY tutorial barn wood book shelves

How to build easy barn wood book shelves!

Apr 11 2016

I have not professed my struggle about my office to you guys out here on the blog yet. Well, its been a doozy! First, I had it all done, complete, looking good . . . and I hated it. When Joe and I moved in here last August my mom sent one of her big book cases along … read the rest of the post »

Free house plan with a stunning two story walk out basement

Free House Plan: Two story stunner with a walk out basement

Apr 07 2016

The house plan I’ll be sharing with you this week is a two story setup with a big walk out basement. If I were to ever build this home those two floors of windows would definitely be facing the south! … read the rest of the post »

Taking my mom's kitchen from dark and gloomy to light and airy by painting her kitchen cabinets white, her walls blue and adding new hardware. DIY kitchen.

Mom’s kitchen: Dark & gloomy to bright & airy!

Apr 04 2016

It has been said millions of times: It is amazing what paint can do! When my mom asked if we could paint her kitchen cabinets white I told her YES without a second’s hesitation. If there was ever a kitchen (or house) that needed some new paint it was my mom’s new little place that she had downsized into! … read the rest of the post »


RIP Diesel, my beautiful big beasty, you will be missed every day

Mar 29 2016

I do not want to write this blog post. I don’t want to tell anyone that we lost my Diesel on Easter night. But I have to because you all need to know that I may not be around for a little while. This grief has me so buried that I can barely breathe, or write, or do much of anything. … read the rest of the post »


Introducing my adopted Mastiff: Diesel!

Mar 24 2016

I’ve had so much love come our way over Diesel that it seemed like it was time to give him is own post and introduction. This handsome guy here is my Mastiff-cross Diesel. I adopted him from a rescue center a few hours south of me around four years ago.  … read the rest of the post »

The final reveal of our master bathroom with double slipper bathtub, buffet vanity and dark hardwood floors

Home Tour: Master Bathroom Reveal!

Mar 21 2016

The total amount of months it took us to complete our renovation was fifteen. I spent almost every day after work at the house, almost every weekend and it just about killed me. Going into the renovation I knew it would be one of the hardest things I had ever done but also, what I wanted to do more then anything I had ever wanted to achieve in my entire life. … read the rest of the post »

How and where to start your renovation, have a plan, choose everything, stick to it and expect it all to take twice as long as you first thought!

Where to start your renovation

Mar 17 2016

I’ve had several emails from folks asking about how I managed our renovation (btw, thank you for the support everybody! Having you out there helps a lot!!) the main question that’s been popping up is around the lines of how to “start your renovation” … read the rest of the post »

Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet!

Home Tour: Master Closet Reveal!!

Mar 15 2016

First thing is first before I get into all of the details about our master closet I’m going to do a copy and paste from my previous post about our Master Bedroom Reveal so you know where everything began: As far as the design goes it all started with the passing of my other Grandma: Eleonora. … read the rest of the post »

Long jet trails across a Minnesota blue spring sky and working on my barn wood book shelves for my library!

Long Jet Trails Across a Blue Sky…

Mar 10 2016

Well we finally made it to our first spring here in the old/new place 🙂 I remember spring here on the farm when I was just a kid, making rivers in the yard to help it drain, getting muddy, wet and being just blissful … read the rest of the post »

Do it yourself sand, stain and seal hardwood floors

Sanding and staining hardwood floors is not for the faint of heart!

Mar 08 2016

Flashing back to July of 2015, a month and a half before our wedding that was going to happen here in our backyard and IN our house and it was time to get those floors done. Joe and I rented a drum sander and I bought a bag full of extra sand paper for my little electric palm sander. This was literally the day after we finished all of the painting throughout. … read the rest of the post »


Free House Plan: An Elegant two story ranch

Mar 03 2016

Free house plan of an elegant two story ranch. At 1400 square feet this little ranch would be just fine for a couple retiring or a family of three. It has two spacious bedrooms, a fabulous master and each bedroom really has its own 3/4 bath (which could always be upgraded to include a tub, of course.) … read the rest of the post »


Home Tour: Master Bedroom Reveal!

Feb 29 2016

The big master bedroom reveal! I know I know I know, we’ve been living in the house 6 months and I still have not posted anything resembling a reveal of the rooms besides when it was empty and we first moved in! I’m sorry guys, you are allowed to throw tomatoes at me. … read the rest of the post »


My 30th Birthday and our new wood stove!

Feb 25 2016

So, it happened, my thirtieth birthday! The big THREE OH! Goodness, how in the heck did that happen? No I actually can’t feign surprise, we were really busy throughout my twenties and I can’t think of single other thing I could have jammed into that arduous decade! … read the rest of the post »


Homemade dishwasher detergent, how to beat hardwater!

Feb 23 2016

Over the years I’ve turned myself completely over to living and cleaning as naturally as possible in our home. For one it has saved us a ton of money and, for the other, I feel we are healthier for it. I went through several recipes I found online for homemade dishwasher detergent and settled on one that we just loved and use daily. … read the rest of the post »


We finally got our hanging barn door up!

Feb 16 2016

We’ve had our hanging barn door hardware for nearly a year now (I’m ashamed to say) so this project has been on our “to do” list for WAY too long! Being as this is an old farm we have the perk of having several old barn doors that I stashed in a safe place and have been drooling over for months. … read the rest of the post »


A story of two rocking chairs, before and after!

Feb 12 2016

I’m posting a real throwback today: The very first furniture project I ever tackled! Two rocking chairs! After we lost my Grandma we slowly started going through the barn, the out buildings and, finally, the house. The two ancient rocking chairs that we found were in wholly different places in their lives. … read the rest of the post »


Feature #1! Vintage Suitcase Side Table

Feb 10 2016

When I started our feature project for other bloggers to submit their work I really didn’t know what I would be getting into. Would I get any submissions? Would I get bombarded by spam? I knew from my own experience that finding legitimate websites to submit our own projects from Grandma’s House was hard to find! … read the rest of the post »


Free House Plan: An old style farm house with a grand and open update

Feb 05 2016

This is one of my larger house plans that I worked on for several weeks. You’ll notice almost all of my plans include an attached two car garage, when you live this far north in the United States its almost impossible to live without! … read the rest of the post »


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